The Primary Purpose of the Position is to provide direct services for Veterans and their families enrolled in the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) Program. The Organizational Location of the Position is in Social Work Service at the Dallas, Bonham, and Ft. Worth campuses of the VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), Dallas, TX. 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: Persons hired or reassigned to a social worker position in the GS-0185 series in the VHA must 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/Certification - 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS 12 Senior Social Worker Experience: At the senior social worker level you 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's). 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. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Senior social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior social workers typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The senior social worker collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. They serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level, or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. This assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. This assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation. Preferred Experience: Experience working independently and employing critical thinking. Experience managing a case management workload Clinical Social Work Experience Experience addressing complex psychosocial factors Experience prioritizing multiples tasks and meeting deadlines References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II APPENDIX G39. SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0185 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds Light carrying, under 15 pounds Straight pulling (1-2 hours) Pushing (1-2 hours) Reaching above shoulder Walking (3 hours) Standing (3 hours) Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously to Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"Jaeger 1 to 4 Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other Both eyes required Hearing (aid permitted) Frequent keyboarding; 4-7 hour Sitting; 4-7 hours Get in/out car several/per day Environment Factors: Outside and inside Working closely with others Working alone Frequent travel to CNH/ADHC's Travel/drive in community ["Duties to include but not limited to the following:Screening/Assessment/Treatment Planning/Goal Setting/Case Management Provides crisis management and develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for psychosocial clinical treatment. Provides independent consultation and makes recommendations to interdisciplinary team on course of treatment. Independently works with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing therapy skills within the bounds of his/her level of licensure, as needed. Independently concludes the appropriate action, even in instances where actions can have serious impact on the life of the Veteran Finds a suitable means of treatment to help Veterans and/or significant others cope with stressful situations. Adjusts the psychosocial treatment plans and interventions based on changing needs and responses to interventions as needed. Initiates and effects changes in methods and interventions to promote efficient practice and improve patient outcomes. Effectively uses professional skills, objectivity and insight. Participates in the assignment/referral of Veterans to treatment teams and programs. Consults specialists in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities. Facilitate action for community placement through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate community placements are completed in a timely manner. Provides assistance with the orientation and learning of less experienced social workers and to serve as a field instructor for graduate level social work students. Resources and Referrals: Serves as the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs for non-institutional, institutional services/programs and entitlements. Educates the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Advocacy: Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran/family. Educates and also encourage the Veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Crisis Intervention Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans to maintain patient in the home, for admission to acute, short term and/or long-term placements. Has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures to include acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Patient Education/Health promotion and prevention: Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and refers Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Education/Training/Supervision Participates in the orientation of new social worker staff and other interdisciplinary team members. Coordination of Non-Institutional and Institutional Services: Responsible for the coordination of the referrals of non-institutional services such as but not limited to HBPC, ADHC, home hospice, skilled and non-skilled homecare services, substance abuse or behavioral health programs. Individual/Group Counseling: Independently works with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. Supportive counseling/education Provides Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling and education. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm; alternative tours available\nTelework: ADHOC telework\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\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.