The (SUD) Advanced Practice/Senior Level Social Worker in the (Substance Use Disorder Service) practices in the VHSO Mental Health Service to provide mental health services as a licensed clinical social worker working at an advanced practice level. A social worker when practicing at the advanced level will have specialized knowledge of practice related to a diagnosis, i.e., substance use disorder and patient population, i.e., co-occurring disorders. 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. Proficient in spoken and written English [Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.] 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. Note: A doctoral degree in Social Work may NOT be substituted for the master's degree in Social Work. Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. 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 (KSAs): In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Preferred Experience: Experience and interest in treating substance use disorder (SUD). Experience with SUD with challenging co-morbid conditions providing behavioral health services through telehealth modalities. Experience working in residential care, and case management. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs.); Light carrying (Under 15lbs.); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Specific visual requirement (20/50 one, 20/100 other); Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability; Ability to hear conversational voice (aid permitted). ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: Social Worker Total Rewards Major Duties include, but is not limited to: Provides clinical services to special populations, including, but not limited to patients with a history of Substance Use Disorder and relevant co-occurring disorders Integrates assessment data and provides leadership in preparing and implementing the plan of care. Maintains a working relationship with the multidisciplinary treatment team. Develops and maintains working relationships with community mental health/social service agencies, agents of the criminal justice system, and other groups or individuals involved in the care of assigned patients. Routinely contributes to the development assigned of clinical programs, including policies and procedures. Documents in the medical record of assigned patients, in accordance with specific program, medical center, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission (TJC) requirements and Veterans Administration. May participate in the development of research proposals and may conduct research in areas of assignment. Attends meetings and activities in the medical center and the community, as required. Provides mentoring for students, interns, and medical residents, under the general supervision of the program manager. He/she may also serve as an educational resource for professional and community. Provides direct patient care. Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 564-00430-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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