The position is under the Mental Health Service Line and is located at the Boston Outpatient Clinic located at 251 Causeway Street in Boston (02114).
The incumbent provides veterans in the outpatient Drug Dependence Treatment Center (DDTC; aka, methadone clinic), currently located at the Causeway Street CBOC of VA Boston Healthcare System, with high quality individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and case management for veterans who present with opioid use disorder as well as a range of co-occurring mental health problems. .
This incumbent will be able to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team of specialty providers. Effective communication is essential for this position. This incumbent will be able to complete intake assessments, individualized treatment planning, case management, advocacy, and complete the required paperwork. The incumbent will have knowledge in community resources that help support the veteran's goals with substance abuse and/or mental health.
The incumbent will be expected to assist with data collection for the purpose of program evaluation and performance improvement and will also contribute time and effort to the program's consultation service that is responsible for triaging new referrals. The incumbent will also participate in the management of the methadone dosing window and urine toxicology screening components of the DDTC.
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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 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 up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
Knowledge and experience in the use 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.
Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
Work Schedule: Full-time, 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.
Occasional travelto other campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System may be required.
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