The VA Bedford Healthcare System is currently recruiting for 2
Social Worker positions. One position is located in the Domiciliary
(Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program) and
the second position serves on the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT)
in the Primary Care Clinic (PCC).
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- screens and assesses veterans to establish facts about the
veterans situation, presenting problems, and the impact of problems
on the health of the veteran;
- evaluates each assigned veteran's situation, including the
veteran's reaction and ability to deal with current stressors, and
arrives at a reasoned conclusion;
- develops treatment plans, with the input of the veteran and the
- provides independent consultation and makes
- evaluates progress towards goas and adjusts treatments plans as
- provides guidance, advice, emotional support and other
assistance as needed by the veteran,
- performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and
screening patients for psychosocial needs;
- develops treatment plans in collaboration with the
veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment/PACT
- coordinates community-based services, including information and
referral for additional services from other VA programs;
- identifies high-risk patients and provides case management
- provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the
cause as well as the complaint; and.
- establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships
with Veterans and their families.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 7:30am-4:00pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
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
- 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
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all 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/.
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: In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the
grade of candidates.
Experience and Licensure. 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. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be
licensed or certified.
Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral
degree in social work from a school of social work may be
substituted for the required one year of professional social work
experience in a clinical setting.
In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate
all of the following KSAs:
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate
referrals to community and other governmental agencies for
services, and ability to coordinate services.
Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and
treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from
various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other
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
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.
- 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
Physical Requirements: All applicants must be physically and
mentally able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.
A pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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