The Robert J. Dole VAMC is seeking to fill 3 full time Patient aligned Care Team (PACT) Social Workers, (1) Dodge City, Kansas, (1) Salina, Kansas and (1) Hays, Kansas.
The incumbent in this position is a professional Social Worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the PACT care management services to Veterans treated at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Bargaining Unit: Covered
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Duties of the PACT social Worker include but are not limited to:
The incumbent will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members.
The incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines.
The incumbent will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate.
The incumbent will provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate.
The incumbent will provide consultation/education to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits.
The incumbent will act as a consultant to other team/staff members.
The incumbent will provide consultation/education to medical residents on Social Work practice and VA policy and procedure.
The incumbent will act as liaison between VA and community resources.
The incumbent will provide case management to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care.
The incumbent will provide a full range of Social Work services within commonly accepted standards of Social Work practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate.
The incumbent will address Advance Directives and organ donation in accordance with the standards of their work area.
The incumbent will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate.
The incumbent will coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for veterans.
The incumbent will participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager.
The incumbent will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death.
The incumbent will document Social Work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care.
The incumbent will participate in a rotation of on-call Social Workers, including modification of tour of duty, to accommodate patient care needs on weekends.
Has working knowledge and skill in the use of word processing, data management, and other computer software. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by the VHA.
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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
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 (MSW) 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.
Basic License requirement: Persons hired to social worker positions 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 in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
GS-11 Social Worker
(a) Experience, Education and Licensure. Appointment or Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires
completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1.Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
2.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
3.Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
4.Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
5.Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
6.Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families.
7.Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
8.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
9.Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39
The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-25 lbs) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder; frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking up to 6 hours per day; Standing up to 8 hours a day; Infrequent climbing/ descending of stairs; some bending; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; hearing (aid permitted).
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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