The clinical and programmatic activities subsumed under this position are conducted as part of the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services-Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (ICMHR-RANGE) program, an outpatient intensive clinical case management program in the Valley Coastal Bend Mental Health Care Line. The goal of the ICMHR-RANGE Program is to provide intensive clinical case management services to veterans who have chronic, severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses.
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Provides a full range of therapeutic & case management services including assessments, consultations and therapies to patients in the ICMHR-RANGE program including, but not limited to:
a. Frequent, direct contacts with consumers to provide therapy and support. Frequency of contacts is increased in times of crisis.
b. Flexibility in Veteran contact (Veterans are seen in any location and with any RANGE team clinician who can provide assistance).
c. A focus on strengthening the consumer's ability to address acute and chronic problems.
d. Use of naturalistic community settings for teaching and modeling problem-solving skills.
e. Provision of continuity of care within the framework established by ICMHR-RANGE. For example, collaborates and consults with other interdisciplinary treatment teams and programs to promote and enhance the care provided.
f. Outreach and assertive provision of services to treatment resistant members.
g. Mobilization of environmental and organizational supports, including family members, professional, and other interested parties.
h. Provides evidence based individual, family or group psychotherapies based on assessment and diagnosis.
i. Offers Psycho-educational programs for Veterans, families and staff. The incumbent is also responsible for linking participants to other VA programs and to community resources.
j. Participate in team staffing regarding member selection, determination of treatment plans and goals, progress evaluation, discharge planning, and after care.
k. Work assertively and consistently with inpatient teams to assure continuity of care by providing consultation regarding clinical needs, treatment plans, and case management services for assigned members. Works to promote appropriate treatment, rehabilitation, and expeditious discharge of assigned members, consistent with program goals and with the individual treatment plans.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
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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
VA employees will receive first consideration for this position.
Incumbent will travel within the community on a daily basis to perform the duties of the position.
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). 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 web site 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.
Full independent licensure as Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
No less than one year of clinical experience with individuals diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness.
No less than one-year experience providing community-based case management/clinical services.
Clear documentation of experience providing evidenced-based clinical practices (i.e., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis, Social Skills Training, DBT, etc..).
No less than one year working with an integrated disciplinary mental health clinical team.
Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.
Advanced Practice Level. Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker will make independent professional decisions and recommendations for agency action; the consequences to the veteran of these decisions and actions may be quite serious. Work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgment and the flexible use of a wide range of complex social work practice skills not typically required in routine social work interventions. The advanced practice or senior social worker has mastered a range of specialized interventions and provides consultation to colleagues, renders professional opinions based on experience and expertise, develops new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention, and incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment. The advanced practice or Senior Social Worker utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.
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
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
The Senior Social Work position will require some light lifting under (15 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), repeated bending (.50 hours) walking (1.0 hours), standing (2.0 hours), working alone, some travel is required.
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.
The master's degree in social work must be fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Verification of accreditation may be made by going to the CSWE web site to verify if the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.
If your school was accredited by the CSWE at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed on the CSWE website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.
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