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The position is that of a senior social worker for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic (PCT) at the VA
North Florida South Georgia Veterans Health System (NFSGVHS) with 5 vacancies, one of each located in Gainesville, Lake City, OPC Tallahassee, OPC Jacksonville and OPC The Villages.
The PCT Senior Social Worker is primarily responsible for screening, assessing, treatment planning, clinical care provision, case-managing and discharge planning care at the advanced practice level.
Represents the social work profession and perspective on the multidisciplinary team that may
include other social workers, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Provides consultation and guidance to colleagues, will role model effective social work practice
skills, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification.
Practices independently, using professional judgment and expertise to make decisions about services and treatment provided to veterans and their families.
Performs specialized assessment and treatment of PTSD, complex PTSD, and related comorbidities. Treatments will include both individual and group interventions utilizing both traditional psychotherapeutic approaches and evidence-based practices for the treatment of PTSD and a range of co-existing conditions.
Administratively responsible for development and implementation of methods for measuring
effectiveness of social work practice and services in PCT, including treatment program monitoring and evaluation, and may include evidence-based practice evaluation, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services.
coordination with interdisciplinary team members, including goals for clinical treatment.
Provides individual, group and couples psychotherapy/treatment (which may include evidence based interventions) and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and co-occurring conditions.
Incorporates complex thinking and problem-solving in the differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within scope of practice.
Work Schedule: Monday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
Family Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
Social Workers, Family
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
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.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).
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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.
Licensure: 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/.
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: In addition to meeting the basic requirements stated above, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker candidates must have the following:
Experience/Education: Must have at least two (2) years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one (1) 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.
While we no longer require essay-style responses to our Knowledge's Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs), you must be able to demonstrate that you possess the (below) competencies which are necessary to perform the work of the position. Please ensure your resume/CV/application contains sufficient information to support the level of experience/education/training; otherwise, we will not be able to award you credit for the experience/education/training you claim. These are the KSA's for this subject position:
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: At least two (2) years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Experience with Evidence-based therapies will include Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and may also include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Certification is strongly encouraged as these are the primary trauma-focused treatments provided in this setting.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.
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.
Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.
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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