Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Social Worker
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: White City, Oregon
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 653346500
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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure - Persons hired to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level. English Language Proficiency - Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs Below: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Preferred Experience: SUD experience preferred. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Hearing (aid permitted); Ability to type; Ability to use a phone. Environmental Factors: Working closely with others; Working alone. ["The incumbent is responsible for completing the following duties/responsibilities: Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems, substance use disorders, and suicide assessment; Provides a full range of psychological interventions for substance use and co-occurring disorders consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on evidenced-based treatments. Evidence-based treatments to be provided to Veterans individually or in group format with appropriate documentation and measurement of effectiveness and Veteran response using clinical judgment and standardized assessment instruments. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Supervises trainees conducting direct clinical care. Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls and secure messages, writing reports, attending organizational meetings. On-going professional training and experiences are an expectation of the position. This duty is met through workshops, intra-VA assignments, and distance learning. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all electronic medical documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Behavioral Health Service Line, Chief of Psychology, BHIP Clinic Manager, and PTSD/SUD Clinic Manager. Other collateral duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available.\nTelework: Partial ad hoc telework available during pandemic and subject to change. Virtual: This is not a virtual position.\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Hermann@va.gov or Crystal.White6@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator(s) for questions/assistance.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.