Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado
The incumbent functions at the full performance level which requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post MSW degree experience and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. The Social Worker provides services on an outpatient basis. The Incumbent will practice within the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) code of ethics.
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- The Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides Mental Health services to the Veteran population enrolled at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic. Services include facilitation of psychosocial assessments and provision of high quality case management, individual and group psychotherapy, clinical treatment, crisis intervention, advocacy, and coordination of referral to other appropriate VA community service providers/agencies, as needed by the Veteran . Incumbent must actively participate in the psychosocial therapeutic treatment of Veterans through collaboration with Veterans and their family as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members in the development and implementation of a recovery oriented treatment plan in facilitating the Veteran's maximum use of treatment for attainment of the highest level of independence that is possible and practical.
- Incumbent will develop a psychosocial assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran and family members/significant others. The incumbent demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients, being sensitive to human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the Veteran, and be able to provide current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population.
- Incumbent possesses a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. Working within the interdisciplinary treatment team, and incumbent will share in the development of a treatment plan with the Veteran based on this psychosocial assessment.
- Incumbent is responsible for contributing to the development of the treatment plan and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran, family members/significant others and other Outpatient Mental Health clinical staff. The incumbent is also responsible for facilitating discharge planning through collaboration with Veterans and their families as well as interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate discharge plans are executed in a timely manner.
- Incumbent provides individual, family, and group psychotherapeutic treatment of mental and emotional disorders and emotional pain through the use of evidence-based psychological methods (i.e. ACT, CBT, CPT, PE, etc.). The purpose of psychotherapeutic treatment is to address the psychosocial impact of coping with severe mental illness(es), chronic/disabling illness(es), onset of catastrophic illness, etc. Psychotherapeutic goals include relieving symptoms, increasing understanding, and changing behavior to foster recovery and over all well-being. Work Schedule: M-F; 8:00am - 4:30pm NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular work hours, and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Functional Statement: Social Worker Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
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0185 Social Work
- Community Mental Health Social Workers
- Family Social Workers
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Social Workers, All Other
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
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/18/2019. 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 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. * BLS Certification: Must have a current Basic Life Support Certification for a healthcare employee, by an approved provider. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * 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. * Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
Additional Duties: * Incumbent will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The incumbent is responsible for education the Veteran and family members/significant others of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decisionmaker. * Incumbent understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will a
- ct as the advocate when it serves the best interest, of the Veteran and family members/caregiver. When appropriate and feasible, the incumbent will educate and encourage the veteran to advocate on his/her own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment.
- Incumbent is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. The incumbent has access to multiple resources directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, staff will follow the protocol of his/her respective mental health unit/program and VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System.
- Incumbent provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer Veterans and family members/significant others to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs.
- Incumbent will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each Veteran. The incumbent will educate the Veteran, their family members/significant other and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the Veteran and family members/significant other on the preferred option. Grade Determinations: 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker, GS-185 Series, Qualification Standards.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. * 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.
Physical Requirements:Hearing (aid permitted) & emotional/mental stability. Environmental factors: Protracted or irregular hours of work, working closely with others. The work involves the physical activities typically associated with office-based mental health practice. No extreme physical demands are needed. The work does require a high degree of patience and emotional control, due to the intrinsic nature of mental health practice.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. (Will be required at time of selection).
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Open & closing dates: 12/28/2018 to 01/18/2019
Pay scale & grade: GS 11
Salary: $61,865 to $80,427 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time