Social Worker (Primary Care Mental Health Integration)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Part Time 40 hours
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1108200
To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Michigan is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, a diverse, medically-advanced community that is the gateway to Michigan''s famous four seasons of recreational opportunities, such as hunting, skiing, and boating. With an affordable cost of living, exemplary public schools, and various museums, you can spend your winters in snow and your summers on sandy beaches, all while serving America''s heroes. For more information about the Saginaw area, visit theGreat Lakes Bay Region website.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.
For more information, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs .
Note: The full performance level of this occupation is GS-11 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this occupation is in the range of GS - 09 to GS - 11 . The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.
U.S. Citizenship Must pass pre-employment physical Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required Background and/or Security Investigation required English Language Proficiency required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
This Licensed Masters Social Work (LMSW) position is located at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan. The experienced LMSW independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members to meet their mental health needs. Duties of the LMSW include, but are not limited to:
Interview Veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health as part of a psychosocial assessment.
Make a clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths.
Assess high risk factors, acuity, and need for services.
Develop a preliminary disposition plan involving the Veteran and family or significant others.
Effectively use professional skills when treating antagonistic, indifferent, or evasive Veterans and their significant others with both positive and negative reactions.
Use the initial assessment to determine the Veteran''s likelihood to accept differing types of assistance.
Assist the Veteran to address problems utilizing large support systems as appropriate.
Tour of Duty: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Days may vary, 20 hours per week)
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses have not been authorized for this position.
Basic Requirements:
U.S. citizenship .
Education . 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 visiting the CSWE website.
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 can be found on the OHRM website.
English Language Proficiency . Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
_GS-09 Social Worker:_
Experience, Education, and Licensure. GS-09 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-09 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
NOTE: _Social Workers with more than one year of post-MSW experience may be appointed at an advanced step within the GS-09 grade commersurate with their years of experience._

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1. Ability to 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Assignments. Individuals assigned as GS-09 Social Workers are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, as they are not yet functioning at the independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or certification. Social Workers at the GS-09 entry level are typically assigned to VHA program areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Since these Social Workers are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to program areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC, unless there is a licensed Social Worker in the program area who can provide supervision for practice. GS-09 Social Workers provide psychosocial services in the assigned area under supervision.
_GS-11 Social Worker:_
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 fullperformance level requires completion of a minimum of 1year 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 independentpractice 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 in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and othergovernmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Ability to provide consultation services toother staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability toprovide 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.
8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
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.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard
Please be clear and specific in describing your experience. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please include the starting and end date including the month and year for each position listed on your resume. Also, for each job listed on your resume, state whether the position was full-time, part-time, or occasional and how many hours were worked.
Physical Demands : The position is primarily sedentary, with some bending, walking and stooping required.
Applicants Please Note : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at theU.S. Department of Education website. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Veteran Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r sum . Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a 100% disabled or deceased Veteran must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 (showing type of discharge) or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please visitFeds Hire Vets.
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Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 23, 2014.
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
CV or Resume.
If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of character.
Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a 100% disabled or deceased Veteran must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.
If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit theJob Benefits page of the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
Probationary Period: You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors such as sex, race, color, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, physical handicap, age, gender identity, or expression, which are prohibited by law.
Reasonable Accommodations: Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodations for any part of the applicant and hiring process, please notify Ms. Beth Keyser, Selective Placement Coordinator at , extension 13084. Reasonable accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
Credentialing and Privileging: Any registered, licensed, and certified health care providers appointed to a Veterans Health Administration Medical Center must, upon acceptance of an employment offer from Human Resources, enter their employment history, education history, and all licensure/certification/registration information through the internet-based credentialing system (VetPro). VetPro ensures the consistency of the credentialing process for all employees and provides a reliable electronic data bank of health care provider credentials. This system is used nationwide by all VHA healthcare facilities in an effort to maximize patient safety. This prerequisite must be initiated after an employment offer has been extended. Employment commencement dates will be contingent upon the completion and approval of the VetPro credentialing/verification process.

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