Seinor Social Worker - Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator - Mental Health Service

Department Of Veterans Affairs Saint Louis , MO 63150

Posted 2 months ago

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The VA Saint Louis Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified and motivated Senior Social Worker to be the Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator for Mental Health Service located at the John Cochran Division. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the case management of veterans who are identified as "high risk" for suicide or suicide behaviors.

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Responsibilities

  • The SPC functions as a coordinator of care of veterans at high risk. Tracks high-risk patients and monitors treatment to insure that needed services are being received.

  • Completes consults from the National Suicide Hotline.

  • Plays an active role in the RCA (Root Cause Analysis) Suicide Team by performing individual case reviews, assisting with preparation of yearly aggregate summaries, and facilitating the implementation of system improvement recommended by the Team.

  • Provides training to clinical and non-clinical staff in the Medical Center, CBOC?s and community about risk factors, warning signs, treatment options and resources.

  • Establishes an on-going Gatekeeper Training program with non-clinical frontline staff to assure that they are aware of options for patients whom they come in contact during crisis situations.

  • Promotes the use of evidence-based interventions and strategies for suicide prevention in the medical center.

  • Develops and distributes outreach materials to include brochures, fact sheets, web content, and other targeted information which highlights suicide prevention, warning signs and risk factors.

  • Develops and implements ongoing plan for providers, veterans, families and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide and treatment options.

  • Independently plans, designs, implements the program, determines program goals and objectives, and completes reports for the VISN or VA Central Office.

  • Prepares and maintains administrative records, data bases, and reports in accordance with VACO and local guidelines.

  • Develops and monitors quality improvement measures.

  • Implements changes based on the results of evaluations and performs impact assessments of these changes.

  • Insures that any required external evaluation of the program is submitted within established time frames.

  • Interfaces with services throughout the medical center, including but not limited to medical providers and patient advocate, to resolve administrative and clinical problems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this vacancy

  • Designated and/or random drug testing required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to service a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Qualifications

Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs." For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/

Basic Qualifications:

  • Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States.

  • 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.

  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 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. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:

Grade Determination: GS-12 Senior Social Worker

Experience, Education and Licensure. Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). 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 (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1.Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
2.Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
3.Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
4.Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
5.Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Chapter II, Appendix G39. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.

Education

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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Seinor Social Worker - Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator - Mental Health Service

Department Of Veterans Affairs