The Social Worker will serve to provide case managing services to Veterans on the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (CVVAMC).The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) is a comprehensive team which delivers primary care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has as its focus: prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management.
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The social worker must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veterans and their families/significant others.
The social worker responsibilities include the assessment of psychosocial problems that cause distress, often impacting the health condition and creating barriers to care.
The social worker will help the Veteran and family to understand the contributing factors to the problem(s), will discuss with them the pros and cons of possible short-term and long-term solutions, encouraging them to make positive and lasting changes to reduce stressors.
The social worker will coordinate with VA staff and community agencies to assist in problem solving as needed such as community-based referral (i.e. Community Nursing Home Placements, Emergency Shelter, Substance Abuse Referral, etc).
The social worker must possess a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses, substance abuse disorders, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
The social worker provides age-specific care that is appropriate to the cognitive, emotional, cultural, and chronological maturation needs of the patient.
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Social Workers, Community Mental Health
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE also accredits graduate programs in social work that grant Master's level degrees with other titles including MSSW, MSSA, MSS, MSA, and Master of Social Welfare; and meet the education requirement for appointment in the VA. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
Salary Determination: Salary will be determined by a Professional Standards Board based on experience and education
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.
Must pass a pre-employment exam
Must pass a background check
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements described above for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-11 Social Worker:
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 2c.OR,In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1.Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
2.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
3.Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
4.Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
5.Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
6.Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
7.Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
8.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.
Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary, however, there is some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as papers, files, manuals and records.
Working Conditions: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilation
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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