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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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
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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
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
GS-9 Social Worker
GS-11 Social Worker
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.
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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