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Senior Social Worker- Mental Health Inpatient Ward

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Minneapolis , MN 55415

Posted 4 months ago

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The full time Senior Social Worker serves on the 1K inpatient ward located in the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. This position is in the Mental Health Service Line.

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Major Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs.

Independently conducts psychosocial assessments. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team, and implements recommendations and treatment plan elements.

Coordinate community based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs, and community agency programs.

Provides consultation and guidance to staff on clinical matters and develops innovative practice interventions.

Serving as the triage and general contact for general inpatient psychiatry questions, which will include but are not limited to: admissions, discharges, and follow-up questions.

Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services.

This individual will manage a smaller caseload composed primarily of those patients on the difficult disposition list, attend weekly difficult disposition meetings, as well as case manage additional patients who have been admitted six months or longer. Will be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly complex mental health challenges, incorporating psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within scope of practice.

Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. The incumbent will independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills.

Coordinate and manage caseload delegation to the other social workers on the unit, including daily review of the census and assigning or re-assigning patients to the caseloads, based on patient needs. The incumbent will be responsible for ensuring adequate social work coverage is available at all times on the unit, and collaborate with the social workers regarding their leave and commitments. It is the senior social worker's responsibility to provide inpatient administrative and clinical coverage when no social work coverage is available, including, if needed, but not limited to, holidays and off tour hours.

Work Schedule: Days, but may include coverage on holidays and off tour hours.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

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

  • 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


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: Master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE). 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website.

  • Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced practice level.

  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determinations: GS-12

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 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 Part II, Appendix G39

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to do light lifting/carrying, up to 15 pounds, bending and stooping, standing/sitting/walking for prolonged periods.


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: 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:

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Senior Social Worker- Mental Health Inpatient Ward

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