Social Worker - Primary Care - Mental Health Integration
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 690400300
As a Social Worker position and part of the Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) team your primary focus will be for diagnostic/psychological assessments, treatment, and other clinical functions. 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. Education: 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 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 accreditation standards for a master of social work. (COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION) Licensure : Social Worker Coordinators 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. (COPIES OF LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION) 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: 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 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker, available in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work requires sitting, bending, stooping and walking consistent with the delivery of services in the office, hospital and community. The position may entail lifting of no more than 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Whenever possible, carts and dollies will be utilized as an alternative to lifting. ["Your duties will include, but are not limited to: Serves member of the inter-professional clinical team: (PC-MHI) who focuses on the integration of mental health service with primary care. Provides a full range of mental health diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the primary care setting. Provides psychosocial interventions consistent with training and expertise. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and specific mental or behavioral health issues. Provides consultation services for primary care providers to reach maximum benefits of their interventions. Works jointly with Primary Care Providers in decision making, building on PCP interventions and improving PCP-patient relationships. Conduct individual Psychotherapy Clinical/Diagnostic Interviews Group Psychotherapy sessions Behavioral Assessments Other duties as assigned Provides direct care and performs specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for Veterans in the Primary Care clinical settings at Lebanon or its Community Based Outpatient Clinics, or within the Behavioral Health care setting. Services are primarily provided in the Primary Care Outpatient Clinics but may also involve providing care in other outpatient clinics, the emergency department, Medical Care offices, inpatient wards or community settings at any of the Lebanon VAMC locations. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless an alternate tour is approved by the supervisor. Financial 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.