Current, permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBST-11487639-22-ER. The position is located in the Social Work Service which is a large service located in a highly complex VA facility which provides diverse services to Veterans, families, and caregivers. CAVHS is a tertiary care level 1a facility, which serves as a teaching facility through its affiliation with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). 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. English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education: Applicant must 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. 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. Preferred Experience: At Least 2 years of Inpatient Medical Social Work experience At least 1-2 years of experience working in an intensive care setting Experience working with grief, loss and bereavement Experience in Case Management Able to assess for abuse, neglect and exploitation A LMSW/LCSW (active & valid license) Is able to lead multidisciplinary team meetings working with difficult discharges Competently utilizes Microsoft Office (especially Word & Excel) and other software programs Grade Determinations: Social Worker, 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. Examples of creditable experience include but not limited to identifying behaviors or symptoms of abuse, neglect or exploitation; providing education on advance directives and advanced care planning; providing social work case management; acting as an advocate with appropriate VA and community service providers/agencies when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and family members/caregiver; assessing the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members identifying the Veteran's strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and psychosocial acuity, in collaboration with the Veteran, family, and interdisciplinary treatment teams; maintaining a current network of internal and external resources to educate the Veteran and/or family members/caregivers and assist with the appropriate referrals. Resume must include hours per week for work experience credit. 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 or education above, the candidate must demonstrate 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work requires moderate lifting ( 15-44 pounds), light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds), walking (8 hours), standing (8 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, operation of motor vehicle, hearing (aid permitted), and mental/emotional stability. Environmental factors include working working alone and working closely with others (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services). ["The duties of the Social Worker (Inpatient) in Social Work Service include but are not limited to: Clinical Functions: Possesses a high level of skill and expertise to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans/support systems. Independently identifies high-risk needs and prioritizes case management services. Independently completes an appropriate (brief or comprehensive) psychosocial assessment to determine the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and/or their support systems. Actively participates and collaborates with the interdisciplinary treatment team and with Veterans/support systems to develop and implement treatment goals and interventions. Possesses a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, and medical terminology. Provides Advanced Directive education to Veterans/support system and assists completing the appropriate forms. Collaborates with Veterans/support systems and the interdisciplinary treatment team members to ensure that appropriate VA and Community placements referrals are completed in a timely manner. Possesses knowledge and ability to independently implement appropriate interventions, facilitate psycho-educational classes, and supportive groups for Veterans/support systems. Provides consultation and education to Veterans/support systems regarding community resources, VA benefits and specialty programs, and advance directives. Provides consultation to other treatment team and staff members regarding psychosocial needs of Veterans/support systems and the impact of the identified psychosocial problems on the Veteran's healthcare planning and compliance with treatment. Possesses skills and knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans and their families throughout the continuum of care. Possesses and demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Non-Clinical Supports the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility. Actively participate on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Assistant Chief or Chief of Social Work Service. Keeps their supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions to problems encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility. Ensures professional growth through continuing education by complying with licensure requirements and continuing education as appropriate to the area of assignment. Completes all Mandatory Talent Management System (TMS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) within required timeframes. Assists with the orientation and mentoring of newly hired social workers and, serves as a field instructor for social work students, if interested and qualified. Maintains a level of productivity and quality consistent with the complexity of the assignment and consistent with Social Work, Joint Commission, CARF and facility standards. As a member of Social Work Services, the incumbent is accountable and responsible for: - Adhering to the Policies and Guidelines of the Social Work Service - Attending Service meetings as required - Providing sufficient clinical care for competency assessment - Participation in a peer review process, as assigned - On-call duties on a rotating basis, as assigned - Participates in a Holiday In-house social work coverage - Completes all encounters and tracking forms correctly and within in established timeframes. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. May be required to work occasional holidays to ensure adequate coverage.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker - Inpatient/PD00100F\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.