Social Worker

Department Of Veterans Affairs Mission Viejo , CA 92691

Posted 3 months ago

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This is an internal job announcement. Only current permanent RCS employees MUST apply under this announcement. If you do not meet this requirement, please apply under announcement number CBEJ-18-10316143-LRF the week of 10/11/18. Veterans Preference is not used on internal announcements. If you wish to apply using your Veterans Preference, you may apply under the external announcement as well.

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Responsibilities

The Social Worker will provide readjustment counseling to eligible active duty service members, veterans and their families in the Vet Center program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a successful readjustment. Duties are accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veteran Affairs, community agencies, and the Department of Defense as appropriate.

Completes a psycho-social assessment and military history within the first three sessions with a patient.

Develops a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.

Maintains and exercises an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a client, which may be better served by programs external to the Vet Center.

Serves as a subject matter expert to agencies and programs external to the Vet Center in matters of readjustment.

Uses the current resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of clients.

Exercises advocacy with the goal of enabling and educating the client to effectively advocate for him/herself.

Follows Readjustment Counseling Service procedure and reporting policy on clinical crisis.

Provides education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center.

Ensures good communication and sound clinical treatment of active duty and Veteran clients that are shared with other health care providers as required within community based agencies, Department of Veteran Affairs, and Department of Defense.

Exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques that are evidence based in the treatment of readjustment counseling problems and demonstrate good clinical practice.

Demonstrates an understanding of the needs and unique presentations of war veterans and can adapt professional practice to accommodate these clients in a trustful environment that facilitates successful readjustment.

Work Schedule: 8:00 am

  • 4:30 pm, Monday

  • Friday; with occasional evenings and weekends.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
11

  • Job family (Series)
    0185 Social Work

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HelpRequirements 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

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship: You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job: 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). 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 to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.

  • 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 master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

Exception.VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.

Preferred Experience: One (1) year of preferred experience in the following areas-

  • Applying knowledge and understanding of the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

  • Stabilizing combat Veterans with multiple diagnoses and/or complex readjustment needs.

  • Conducting psycho-social assessments and implementing treatment plans

  • Establishing and maintain referral networks through community outreach to provide services to Veterans

  • Working with veterans, specifically combat veterans

  • Designing treatment plans that take into account various veteran's military unique experiences

  • Provision of process psychotherapy for trauma related conditions.

  • Working in a small, community-based, multi-disciplinary team

  • Working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 Social Worker

  • Experience, Education and Licensure.GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs:
    1.Ability to 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.
    2.Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the social work supervisor, ability to 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.
    3.Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
    4.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and inwriting, with people from varied backgrounds.
    5.Knowledge 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.
    6.Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.

GS-11 Social Worker

  • Experience, Education and Licensure.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 OR 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 following KSAs:
    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. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
    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: References: VA Handbook 5005/23 Social Worker Qualification Standard Appendix G39.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.

Education

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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Social Worker

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