The Senior Social Worker functions as a member of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team within the Behavioral Health Service at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS); he/she may be located at the VA Medical Center or at an outpatient primary care clinic. The PCMHI team directly supports the behavioral health needs of the Patient Aligned Clinical Team(s) (PACT) within the Primary Care Service.
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The Senior Social Worker will possess clinical skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used with the Veteran population, to include individual, group and/or family counseling and psychotherapy and advanced level case management; ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, ability to provide consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of Veterans; role model effective social work practice; utilize outcome evaluations and peer reviews to improve treatment services; ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved privileges and scope of practice.
PCMHI provides immediate, direct and onsite access for behavioral health consultation, assessment, and mental health treatment as clinically indicated. Treatment interventions offered by the Senior Social Worker will work in conjunction with other PCMHI team members to fully address the needs of the Veterans.
Veterans requiring mental health interventions come from a wide geographic area and present with simple to complex psychosocial and/or medical needs. Behavioral health treatment interventions may be short term or long term requiring a higher level of clinical oversight and problem solving.
As scheduling permits, the Senior Social Worker will provide support to the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary (BHIP) team by evaluating Veterans presenting at the walk-in clinic, assisting in mental health emergencies, etc.
Duties will include:
Conduct initial and comprehensive psychosocial assessments of Veterans referred by the Primary Care providers. Reviewing all data, subjective and objective, and making a clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths.
Provide insightful assessment of cases involving mental health diagnoses, catastrophic medical conditions, dementia, and other high-risk diagnoses and determines if effective treatment can be provided with a short-term intervention or requires a longer-term intervention.
Conducts mental health assessments, utilizes standardized instruments in the assessment of mental health conditions, and makes diagnoses; screens for substance abuse, tobacco use and mental health disorders.
Coordinates and provides mental health treatment of Veterans assigned to PACT; actively contributes and communicates with their PACT teams regarding goals, objectives and interventions for psychosocial and clinical treatment; and recommends adjustments to the Veterans treatment plans and interventions based on any changing needs and/or responses to interventions.
Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Varied,
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
Family Social Workers
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
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.
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/.
Grade Determinations: GS-0185-12, Senior Social Worker
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. 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.
References: September 10, 2019, VA Handbook 5005-120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard which can be found in your local Human Resource Management Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. This position will be filled at the GS-12 grade level.
Physical Requirements:The candidate selected must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment.
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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