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. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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 (MSW) 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. Please note: A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Licensure. Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Regulations. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Must pass a background check. Grade Requirements: GS-11 Social Worker Assignments. This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area. 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 KSAs below. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-11. Physical Requirements: Physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary. There is some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as papers, files, manuals and records. For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/ ["This position(s) is a GS-11 social worker licensed at the independent practice level working in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUD) Program and will be located at the Dublin VAMC and Macon CBOC. The Social Worker is a member of a specialized team whose goal is to improve veterans' quality of life through the provision of evidenced-based outpatient treatments for substance use disorders. Treatment in the Substance Use Disorders Treatment Program is a directive, non-confrontational approach focusing on current stressors, affect management, cognitive distortions, and behavioral change. Social Work coverage involves biopsychosocial assessment, intakes of new SUD Veterans, individual and group counseling, advocacy, referral to VA and community resource and disposition care planning. The Social Worker serves patients with substance abuse and dependency, as well as a wide variety of psychosocial, physical and mental health care needs. Assists patients in maintaining sobriety and continuity of care. Has the knowledge and ability to perform duties independently, including clinical evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment interventions, crisis management, social work consultation, outreach, screening for psychosocial needs, and development and execution of care plans. Conducts a biopsychosocial assessment for admission screening, discharge planning, evaluation for ongoing therapeutic services, social and industrial surveys (compensation/pension exams), evaluation of progress of treatment, and the evaluation of the veteran's adjustment in his/her immediate environment, including assessment of need for environmental changes, and assisting with long term care applications. Assessments may be specific to an immediate objective or may be comprehensive in coordinating an overall treatment plan. Factors included in the assessment are family background, current physical and mental health, diagnosis, disability, socio-economic factors, the veteran's current VA status, current family situation, age and developmental factors, legal factors, assessment of mental or physical competence to perform day-to-day responsibilities, and Advance Directives. Further, biopsychosocial assessment includes a comprehensive substance abuse history and documentation of prior substance abuse treatment interventions. Social Worker evaluates readiness for change and employs motivational interviewing techniques. Develops treatment plans and makes appropriate interventions and referrals based upon the specific needs of substance abusing/dependent patients, considering psychosocial issues, developmental tasks, cultural norms and boundaries, and patient needs related to age, diagnosis, and disability. Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Social Worker documents appropriate and relevant interventions in the medical record. After each significant contact, completes CPRS Encounters or event captures to document workload productivity. Prepares written reports as required, describing treatment plans, progress and outcomes, giving background information, making recommendations, etc. Program planning and evaluation activities include quality assurance and utilization reviews, audit committees, input of client data and workload reporting, and/or special committees as deemed necessary to evaluate and improve the functions of the Social Work Program, the operations of the outpatient clinic, or integration of community resources. These activities may involve intra-service, inter-service, satellite clinic, medical center, and non-VA community programs. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Shelly NeeSmith at Shelly.NeeSmith@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Learn more\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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