Social Worker - Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Little Rock, Arkansas, Arkansas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 720585700
If you are a current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11934278-23-ER. The facility's RRTP is a 154-bed residential treatment program that consists of a 60 bed Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans program, a 40-bed Domiciliary Substance Abuse program, a 28-bed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Domiciliary and a 26-bed General Domiciliary. The Social Worker in RRTP works closely with an interdisciplinary team in coordinating care. 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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. Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, chief social work or social work executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline. Grade Determinations: Social Worker, GS-9 Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. (c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. (e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). Social Worker, GS-11 Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. (KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties in order to be found qualified for this position/grade level). Preferred Experience: Good communication skills Interdisciplinary team experience Treatment planning skills Experience with providing psychotherapy services References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Light Carrying (under 15 pounds) and walking 1-2 hours. Environmental factors include outside and inside, working closely with others, and working alone. Position does require driving a Government Owned Vehicle (GOV) requiring a state issued driver's license and a clean driving record. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Social Work responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems often at a time when the Veteran is experiencing crisis and include the provision of solution-focused counseling with Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent must complete thorough assessments determining presenting issue(s), factors impacting the issue(s), and potential obstacles to treatment and/or follow up with recommended treatments. The incumbent provides case management services, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, to engage the Veteran and/or support system to determine a coordinated effort to meet agreed upon goals for a Veteran's treatment. This may include liaison with community programs and services regarding needed services for Veterans and/or their families. Services include, but are not limited to, individual and/or group psychotherapy services, homeless programming, Life skills training, social skills training, hospice services, rehabilitation and/or nursing home care referrals, home health services, financial resource management, VA benefits, transportation services, and psychoeducation group work with Veterans as clinically indicated. The duties of the Social Worker - RRTP in Mental Health Service include but are not limited to: - Psychosocial screenings and assessments resulting in the implementation of appropriate treatment modalities - Treatment plan development and implementation based on interdisciplinary treatment team assessments - High-risk patients screenings and links with appropriate case management services - Full complement of psychotherapy services including the provision of evidenced-based psychotherapy - Consultation services to other staff - Practice evaluations - Discharge planning and lead care coordination duties. - Independently works with Veterans/support system who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, financial, and psychosocial issues. - Independently identifies high-risk needs and prioritizes case management services. - Independently completes an appropriate (brief or comprehensive) psychosocial assessment to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their support systems. Utilizes the assessment, in conjunction with the Veteran, to facilitate a treatment/action plan which maximizes the use of treatment programs/resources for attainment of the highest feasible level of independent functioning. - Actively participates and collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team and with Veterans/support systems to develop and implement treatment goals and interventions. - Provides Advanced Directive information and education. Facilitates advanced care planning group visits with Veterans and support system (as appropriate). - Performs comprehensive suicide risk screenings and assessments and develops and integrates safety planning and safety goals into the Veteran's collaborative, individualized treatment plan. - In conjunction with the healthcare team, identifies and assesses risk, safety, supports and implements appropriate interventions/treatment for those who are experiencing abuse, neglect, exploitation or are experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence. Adheres to VA and mandated reporter requirements. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on abuse, neglect, exploitation and intimate partner violence issues. - Collaborates with Veterans/support systems and the interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate VA and Community referrals are completed in a timely manner. - Provides consultation and education to Veterans/support systems regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. - Provides consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans/support systems the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's healthcare planning and compliance with treatment. - Veteran's Collaboratively developed Safety Plan - Utilize principles of human growth and development over the life span and will be able to assist Veterans in coping with the loss and grief experiences from disability and terminal illness. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Telework: Not authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00196F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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