The Incumbent is assigned to the Homeless-Patient Aligned Care Team (H-PACT) of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and is located at the Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic. The social worker has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment with at least two years being in an area of specialized social work practice. The incumbent is licensed or certified by a state area of specialized social work practice. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 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 by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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). Grade Determinations: Experience/Education. The candidate must have One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure/Certification. Social worker program coordinators must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Knowledge 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 and to design system changes. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Preferred Experience: EBP Certification Prior experience in similar role or with population served Clinical supervision certification Quality or utilization management experience Former VA Trainee References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39, September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds, Light lifting; under 15 pounds, moderate carrying;15-44 pounds, light carrying; under 15 pounds, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking 4-6 hours, standing 4-6 hours, repeating bending 2-4 hours, operation of crane truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, specific visual requirement far vision 20/30, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), emotional and mental stability, sit for extended periods, performs independently, cognitive stability. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team whose responsibility is to assist homeless Veterans navigate care, facilitate access and follow-up to the PACT team and ensure homeless-sensitive care is being provided. Incumbent also serves as the liaison with community agencies and providers, including grant-per-diem sites and HUD-VASH case managers.\nIncumbent possesses 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.\nIncumbent has the 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\nWithin the PACT model, the social worker will complete assessments via phone, VVC or face to face. In addition the incumbent will provide case management to Veterans with high CAN scores or other complex needs.\nThe incumbent provides education to Veterans and families in regards to MyHealtheVet, whole health program, digital divide and Community Care options.\nIncumbent will utilize specialized knowledge of PACT, the homeless population and treatment modalities to provide supervision to Interns and those seeking advance practice licensure within Social Work Service and PACT.\nThe incumbent has the ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.\nIncumbent performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Incumbent incorporates 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.\nThe incumbent must complete thorough assessments to determine the underlying causes of the presenting problem(s), the interpersonal and environmental factors impacting the problem and its effect on the patient's ability and desire to comply with the treatment recommendations by the multidisciplinary team.\nIncumbent is able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans who have complex medical and psychosocial needs.\nDevelops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in specialty areas, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Incumbent is able to demonstrate the ability to design changes based on empirical findings.\nOffers consultation to colleagues and provides clinical supervision to students and staff seeking supervision for advanced licensure on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas. Provides professional opinions and guidance based on advanced experience and expertise. Role models and demonstrates effective social work practice skills for those needing consultation and clinical supervision.\nDemonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications.\nFollows STVHCS standard operating procedures for evaluating and mitigating suicide risk to include: Completes the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS) annually or more often as indicated, the Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation, and a Safety Plan via shared template in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) on all patients at intake, with Veterans with suicidal ideation and on any Veteran whose record is flagged \"High Risk for Suicide.\" Additionally, completes the Suicide Behavior and Overdose Report (SBOR) as clinically indicated. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.