Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.
Develops policies and procedures for the DRRTP that comply with National VA and VAMHCS policies and recommended treatment models. Policies and procedures cover a broad spectrum of DRRTP practices: admission and discharge criteria, patient screening and evaluation, referrals, clinical counseling and all therapeutic procedures, staff duties, follow-up care, treatment plans, performance measures and clinical reminders.
The incumbent is responsible for day to day clinical functioning of a multidisciplinary team that treats up to about 50 Veterans in the DRRTP. Coordination of treatment planning across the inpatient and the outpatient programs that treats Veterans participating in or referred to the DRRTP is a daily responsibility. The incumbent participates in developing and maintaining an effective relationship with multiple community-based and multiple VA-based treatment facilities within reasonable geographic distance in order to fully develop and implement a referral and aftercare system with available community resources, maintaining the DRRTP as part of an effective continuum of care.
Administratively, the incumbent is responsible for all routine and special reports to local and national monitoring agencies (e.g. NEPEC, NIMH), monitoring and improving program performance on national VA measures, and all DRRTP quality improvement activities. The incumbent is responsible for directly training or the provision of training of all DRRTP staff in evidenced-based treatments and best practices. The incumbent conducts regular chart reviews to ensure that all clinical work is being appropriately documented and in compliance with documentation standards of the MHCC, CARF, and Joint Commission.
The incumbent maintains continuous survey readiness standards for periodic reviews from SOARS, CARF, Joint Commission, or any other survey/accrediting organizations. The incumbent will regularly address survey recommendations in a timely fashion and will directly support the Clinical Manager for Residential Programs and other VAMHCS leadership in maintaining open access to the DRRTP, minimizing any barriers to care.
The incumbent also serves as a consultant to both internal and external customers regarding appropriate VA and community-based homeless resources.
Work Schedule: Monday
Friday 8:00 am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
25% or less
Job family (Series)
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.
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).
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 CLINICAL level.
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3 Preferred Experience: experience working in residential treatment settings is HIGHLY PREFERRED.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
(a) 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.
(b) 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
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Drug test required
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