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Social Worker

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Bedford
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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Summary

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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Responsibilities

  • 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 interdisciplinary team;
  • provides independent consultation and makes recommendations;
  • evaluates progress towards goas and adjusts treatments plans as appropriate,
  • 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 team;
  • coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs;
  • identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services;
  • 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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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0185 Social Work

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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

Qualifications

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/.

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.

GS-11

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:

  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

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 appointment.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston , Social Worker, Other , Bedford, Massachusetts

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