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Social Worker (CBOC)

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Valdosta
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Summary This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Responsibilities The Social Worker position is part of the social work service program assigned to the Malcom Randall Veteran's Hospital System (North Florida/South Georgia). The clinician is an independently licensed master level clinical social worker assigned at the Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Valdosta, Ga. The clinician provides mental health services and education of patients, families, and hospital staff on mental disorders and related treatments. The clinician provides direct patient care, individual therapy, telephone conferences, and appropriate referrals. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Conducts psychosocial/mental health assessments to identify needs and formulate a patient-centered treatment plan with the Veteran to meet needs and goals. Responsible for developing patient-centered treatment plans and developing achievable treatment goals with the Veteran and other significant others. Provides individual and group psychotherapy using evidence-based modalities Responsible for planning and organizing work, coordinating with clinical interdisciplinary team members, other professional and clinical staff, and management personnel. Responsible for providing, reviewing, and coordinating all phases of continuing care for Veterans in the Mental Health Clinic. Assists and serves as the subject matter expert on VA and community resources. Provides patient education to Veterans and family members on the available services and assists them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or other decision-makers. Responsible for developing, updating, and using current social worker resources within VA and community social service programs to ensure that Veterans receive education, information, and referrals to current and viable resources to meet their needs. Develops and executes crisis management treatment plans in a timely, effective and efficient manner. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Eligible Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: 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 /Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure: Licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Loss of Licensure or Certification: Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in employment termination. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 USC 7403(f). Creditable Experience - Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level of GS-9. GS-11 Grade Determination Requirements: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a social work school may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Your experience must be demonstrated in your resume. You must display possession of practical skills demonstrating professional competency and judgment. No assumptions will be made. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Preferred Experience: Experience utilizing evidence based practice to provide mental health treatment in a mental health clinic. Experience working with a interdisciplinary treatment team. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker GS-0185, available at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work requires extreme patience and control of emotions. The work may require using appropriate techniques to physically restrain patients who present a danger to themselves or others. The work may also require assisting physically disabled Veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing, and carrying light objects. The work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common to the health care setting. Much of the work is performed in a setting away from the office, in an environment that cannot be controlled. The incumbent must be able to safely operate a government-owned vehicle to be utilized in community-based work. The incumbent must be able to telework. It may require some lifting (10-20 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 per 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).May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees in this occupation and meet the criteria). 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: 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: Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Valdosta , Social Worker (CBOC), Other , Valdosta, Georgia

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