The Incumbent is a professional social worker trained to cover Inpatient and Outpatient Medicine including the ER. 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: GS-09 Grade Level Requirements Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. (c) 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. (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. e) Fundamental 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. GS-11 Grade Level Requirements 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. OR 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) 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. (c) 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. (d) 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. (e) 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. Preferred Experience: Prior experience working with Emergency Departments or Urgent Care Settings. Applicants with the following certifications from American Heart Association (AHA) or Military Training Network (MTN) are highly preferred: Basic Life Support (BLS) and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). (AHA certification preferred.) The selected employee will be required to receive these certifications prior to assuming clinical responsibilities and ensure current certifications after employment is maintained. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to perform the work. There will be walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; or driving an automobile sometimes for 1 hour in duration to see rural patients. No special physical demands are required to perform this work. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Major Duties Responsible for coordination and consultation as needed with mental health clinicians regarding the development of treatment plans that include family involvement. Set achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family and other providers. Facility subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources regarding family services. Responsible for educating providers on the available family mental health services and for assisting them in establishing appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's needs (or that of the Veteran's surrogate decision-maker). Collaborate and consult with other mental health service providers when needed. Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all Veterans with mental disorders, including those with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Knowledge of VA benefits including information about referral to and provision of family mental health services within Kansas City VA Medical Center, other medical centers in VISN 15, and community care options. Responsible for utilizing, developing, and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of practice and services in his/her specialty area. Responsible for utilizing, developing, and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of practice and services in his/her specialty area. Help with facilitating patient flow in the emergency department when needed. Identification of surrogate decision maker when appropriate. Scheduling transportation for follow up appointments and other needed VA services when appropriate. Assisting with scheduling home health, skilled nursing placement for emergency department patients when consulted. Assist with reporting elder abuse and child abuse. Serve as a resource and coordination of care for Intimate Partner ViolenceAcute crisis intervention/counseling in the Emergency Department. Work Schedule: Schedule will be six 12 hour shifts between 1000 and 2200 and one 8 hour shift between 1400-2200 per pay period. There are 2 (two) weekend shifts each pay period. Weekends and holidays will be shared equitably between the two ED social worker positions ED being filled.\nOn-call required.\nOvertime compensation paid per the facility collective bargaining agreement.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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