Senior Social Worker (Mental Health Intensive Care Management)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Plains, Missouri
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 678408700
The Senior Social Worker (MHICM) at the John J. Pershing VAMC, is the clinical and program activities assumed under this position are conducted as part of the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM). MHICM is a joint project of the Behavioral Health and Sciences Council and is administered locally under the direction of the At-Risk Services Program Supervisor, under the Associate Chief of Staff Mental Health Behavioral Sciences. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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. 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). 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. GRADE REQUIREMENTS In addition to the Basic Requirements provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, paragraph 3, of the Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration, the following are the grade requirements. Grade Determinations: Experience: At least two (2) years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure, of which one (1) year of experience is equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Education: Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator MUST be licensed or certified at the Advanced Practice Level AND must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate 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 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Dated September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.Physical Requirements: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. The work is primarily sedentary, but may require some walking, bending, stooping, standing, stretching and carrying objects. The physical demands of the work requires use of fingers; moderate walking and standing; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in on eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing aid permitted; clear speech; emotional stability; moderate duty. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU\nDuties include but are not limited to: The advanced clinical Senior Social Worker independently provides clinical psychosocial and intensive case management services at an independent practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members to assist them in meeting biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs. These services are consistent with the goals and methods of MHICM and the VA Mental Health Initiative and with all relevant Medical Center policies and procedures. Intensive case management services are characterized by assertive outreach, individualized treatment planning, multidimensional orientation, and intensive delivery of services. Frequent (At least once per week and sometimes daily), direct contacts with Veterans to provide individual and/or family therapy and support. Frequency of contacts is increased in times of crisis to promote stabilization. Flexibility of Veteran contact (Veterans are seen in any location and with any MHICM team clinician who can provide assistance). A focus on strengthening the Veteran's ability to address acute and chronic mental health and medical issues. Use of naturalistic community settings for teaching and modeling problem solving skills to promote community integration and socialization. Provision of continuity of care within the framework established by MHICM. For example, collaborates and consults with other interdisciplinary treatment teams and Medical Center programs to promote and enhance the care of Veterans. Outreach and assertive provision of services to treatment resistant Veterans. Mobilization of environmental and organizational supports, including family members, professional, and other interested parties. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for individual, family and group therapies as well as educational services or programs for Veterans, families and staff. The incumbent may be required to Work evening hours, holidays and/or weekend shifts, based upon medical center and service need. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Available - Per Agency policy and Service Approval on an Ad hoc basis.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:20474F - Senior Social Worker (MHICM)\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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