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Social Worker
Overview
Locations
Bremerton, WA; Mount Vernon, WA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA
Summary
OUR MISSION: 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?

This is an open continuous announcement meant to fill social worker vacancies within the Mental Health Service Line, VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The announcement will remain open until all vacancies are filled. Apply early for first consideration. Please provide a cover letter with your desired location.
Duties

Mental Health Service located at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center has an immediate vacancies for Social Worker's in the Domiciallary, Addictions Treatment Center, Primary Care Mental Health Integration Clinic, Mental Health Clinic and PTSD Clinic. There are several positions with availabilities located between American Lake and Seattle. Please include area of preference in cover letter.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides psychosocial assessment and psychosocial treatment for individuals with a wide range of mental health and psychosocial concerns including but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic spectrum disorders.
  • Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
  • Provides high quality case management and discharge planning services to veterans and families as needed throughout the continuum of care as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker.
  • Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders, best practices approaches to treatment, as well as information about VA and community resources to include making appropriate referrals and coordinating services when appropriate.
  • Provides consultation to health care providers about psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
  • Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker.
  • Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
  • Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
  • Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.

Work Schedule: Work schedules may vary due to the vacancy, but typical tour of duties are Mon-Fri 0730-1600
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
graph of estimated pay ranges
$53,735
$84,514
Job Details
Application Open Date
12/14/2017

Application Close Date
9/28/2018
Organization
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply
United States Citizens

Status
Full-Time


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    • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

      It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

      This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section
    • 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 accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
      • English Language Proficiency: Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
      • 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 GS-11 grade level

      Grade Determinations:

      GS-9 Social Worker

      Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 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-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
      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.

      GS-11 Social Worker

      Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year 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 independent practice 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 other governmental 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 to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide 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.

      References: : Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005 005/50, Part II, Appendix G39 dated February 29, 2012. 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 in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.
  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section
  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section
    • All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/28/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section
    • Series: 0185-Social Work
      Job Pay Type: Per Year
      Job Openings: Many
      Job Position: CBBY-10090016-18-ALH

      Mental Health Service located at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center has an immediate vacancies for Social Worker's in the Domiciallary, Addictions Treatment Center, Primary Care Mental Health Integration Clinic, Mental Health Clinic and PTSD Clinic. There are several positions with availabilities located between American Lake and Seattle. Please include area of preference in cover letter.

      Duties include, but are not limited to:

      • Provides psychosocial assessment and psychosocial treatment for individuals with a wide range of mental health and psychosocial concerns including but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and psychotic spectrum disorders.
      • Provides evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker, which may include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation.
      • Provides high quality case management and discharge planning services to veterans and families as needed throughout the continuum of care as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker.
      • Provides education to patients and family members regarding mental disorders, best practices approaches to treatment, as well as information about VA and community resources to include making appropriate referrals and coordinating services when appropriate.
      • Provides consultation to health care providers about psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
      • Develops, implements, and documents the mental health treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients, as indicated and appropriate for the specific job setting and duties of the social worker.
      • Complies with all Service Line documentation requirements, including standards for timely completion of CPRS patient contact notes, use of required documentation templates, clinical reminders, treatment plans, and risk assessment protocols.
      • Adheres to all Facility and Service Line policies and practices for delivering clinical care, including but not limited to risk assessment and reduction practices for potentially dangerous behavior (suicide and violence), timeliness of care and access standards, professional conduct requirements, and CPRS documentation conventions.
      • Achieves minimal clinical workload expectations as established by the Service Line.

      Work Schedule: Work schedules may vary due to the vacancy, but typical tour of duties are Mon-Fri 0730-1600
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required