The Social Worker (MHICM Case Manager) position is located in the Behavioral Health Care Line located at the Rochester Outpatient Clinic in Rochester NY
The incumbent may be required to work in Canandaigua and Rochester
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The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC)/ Licensed Master/Clinical Social Worker for whom this functional statement applies is assigned to the Mental Health Intensive Case Management Team (MHICM) and Mobile Outreach Team of the Mental Health Community Recovery Programs, and will provide clinical services at both the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and the associated Rochester Outpatient Clinic, as assigned. Incumbent provides the full range of counseling services, including the provision of high quality comprehensive therapy, crisis intervention, client advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers and/or agencies as needed by clientele.
This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Community Recovery Programs Interdisciplinary Treatment Team. Services are timely, effectively coordinated and executed, relevant to the psychosocial needs of Veterans and their families, and directed to strengthening coping skills, integrating in the community, and reducing psychiatric/psychological symptoms. Problem areas which are common in the MHICM include complicated combinations of serious and persistent mental illness, histories of trauma, problematic levels of substance use, bereavement, family conflict, unemployment and lack of financial support, homelessness, and habits of ineffective interpersonal interactions, and these sets of difficulties are addressed through a team-based approach.
For the LPMHC/ Social Worker, the primary goals are to improve independent coping skills; reduce symptoms of psychiatric disorders; strengthen client skills and abilities related to living independently in the community; and promote optimal service delivery through education and psychosocial training related to effective communication and problem-solving, military culture, and various mental and physical health disorders and their potential impact on client functioning. The incumbent is an integral member of the Community Recovery Programs Interdisciplinary Treatment Team and is responsible for providing clinical assessment, treatment planning, evidence-based individual and group psychosocial and therapeutic interventions, and consultation with other staff members.
Work Schedule: Permanent, Full-time, Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM -4:00 PM.
Saturday coverage as needed to cover BVAC extended access. Will discuss further in the interview process.
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
School Social Workers
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 Requirement: You must be a United States citizen to apply for this position.
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.
Education Requirement: You must 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.New graduate's transcripts are required.
Licensure Requirements at the GS-09 & GS-11 grade level: VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.
At the GS-09 grade level, non-licensed social worker that meets requirements for state licensure (e.g., new graduate) may be given a temporary appointment pending licensure. Failure to obtain such license in the specified period of time will result in removal from the position.
The social worker position is mostly sedentary, however, light lifting and carrying of items less that 15 pounds may be required.
Having the ability to work alone and with others is required; must be emotionally and mentally stable. Also, some walking and standing may be required.
GS-9: 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities below:
Ability to provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, 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; 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; 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; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds; 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; 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: 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 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities below: Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA; Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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; Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
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-09 to GS-11.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-185, Veterans Health Administration.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online on boarding process.
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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