Senior Social Worker- Addiction Recovery Treatment Services / Substance Use Disorder
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Martinez, California
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 685770500
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39 Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative make this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs. Hearing (aid permitted) is required. ["The VA Northern California Health Care System is recruiting for Senior Social Workers at the Martinez and Redding locations in the Mental Health Service Line. A relocation/recruitment incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants. This is not a virtual position, but partial telework will be considered. The purpose of this position is to expand access to addiction treatment in settings outside of addiction specialty care. As such, the position is nested within the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) and/or the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) team. The incumbent will act as a liaison between addiction specialty care and general mental health and/or primary care. Responsibilities are focused on providing direct services and improving support systems, as well as consultative and educational activities. Incumbent employs a full range of social treatment modalities with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Services will generally be provided in the clinic, and under certain circumstances, via telehealth. The incumbent will focus primarily on addressing substance use disorders and/or dual diagnosis of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnosis within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Serves as primary liaison between BHIP/PCMHI and Addiction Recovery Treatment Staff (ARTS) on referrals and transitions of care. Facilitates treatment planning for Veterans who have newly established care or are not yet enrolled in Behavioral Health but require addiction treatment.' Independently provides Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) appropriate to the primary care setting. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments and uses DSM-5 to make clinical psychiatric diagnoses. Provides a range of advanced interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions for addiction found to be effective in primary care settings. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and the presenting addiction concern. Provides consultation services for primary care providers to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions in reducing risky substance use behaviors and enhancing health-promoting behaviors, with a significant emphasis on a prevention-oriented model of care. Provides clinical care management when appropriate directly to an assigned cohort of patients. Participates in development of a treatment plan for each patient with whom major contact is expected, with measurable goals outlined, based on relevant psychological, medical and psychiatric information and principles of treatment matching. Serves as the clinical consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes patients encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Ensures timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30PM. Telework: Telework, if approved, would be on a regularly scheduled basis, but this is not a virtual or remote position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.. EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The annual salary range for Redding is $86,563 to $112,532. The annual salary range for Martinez is $105,589 to $137,266. This is an open continuous announcement with applicants being referred to the hiring manager every three weeks."]
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