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. 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: 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. License: 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403F 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 dated September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is Grade 12. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. It occasionally requires carrying of light objects such as files, books and papers. Some walking, standing and bending is required. No special physical qualifications are required. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Senior Social Worker serves as a Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Care Coordinator, providing expert clinical and care coordination services to Veterans served by the VA Medical Center's interdisciplinary Mental Health Outpatient and Access Clinic (MH-OPAC). Duties performed include, but are not limited to the following: Oversees BHIP team communication, including TEAMs chat within and between the teams and other stakeholders involved in patient care and administration; Monitors dashboards and reports to ensure timely completion of required screenings and follow-up care; Engages in communication with Veterans to facilitate care coordination; Monitors panel activity and inactivity to ensure appropriate episodes of care and transitions in line with active treatment plans; Communicates and ensures adherence to MH-OPAC processes and procedures, including emerging guidance by the MH-OPAC Program Manager; Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options; Maintains open access availability to support timely determination of ideal levels and settings for service engagement and utilization based on set protocols and processes; Assesses high risk factors; including suicidal and, homicidal ideation, as well as, acute needs for VHA or community-based services; Completes clinical and psychosocial assessments and screenings identifying the Veterans' needs, strengths, abilities and preferences; Provides triage support including notification and assignment to team members either for same day or scheduled appointments; Serves as a liaison to touchpoints across the facility to promote best practices in mental health access, engagement, transition, referral, and utilization of a stepped care model, to include the universal symbol for mental health and associated decision tree; Provides crisis intervention in collaboration with the multidisciplinary treatment team, for Veterans who are experiencing social or mental health crises. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. (Subject to change based upon agency needs) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Olympia Smith at Olympia.Smith@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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