You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.
Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.
Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.
The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
The VA is much more than just another employer.
It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.
Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.
The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.
The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").
America's Veterans need you!
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.
Please Note: This is an EXTERNAL announcement.
If you are an INTERNAL APPLICANT (a current permanent Facility, VA, and/or Federal employee), you willneed to apply to announcement# CD-17-AMR-xxxxx-BU.
All applicants to this externalannouncement will be subject to Veterans Preference.
Basic Requirements:U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.English language proficiency (written and spoken)Physical standards: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position.
A physical examination prior to employment may be required.License, Registration, Certification Requirements: 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 master's degree level.
Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.
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.
(Must provide copy of transcript(s) with application)Preferred Experience: 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.
*Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Grade Determinations: GS-11 Social Worker Social Workers at the GS-11 grade level are required to have completed 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.
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 following KSAs: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diverse backgrounds.
This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of environment, society and culture.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, formulate and implement a recovery treatment plan, and identify a patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed in collaboration with the patient, family, and interdisciplinary treatment team.Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and the 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, crisis intervention, and psychotherapeutic techniques.Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures.
This includes acute/chronic/traumatic illnesses/injuries, effects and side-effects of common medications, and medical terminology.Ability to independently provide diagnosis and counseling/psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and families.
Social worker must be licensed at the advanced practice level.Knowledge of community resources, process for making appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.Ability to provide consultation services to other staff members regarding 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 staff and graduate students.Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, and other organized means.Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management and tracking, with particular expertise in those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/23 PART II APPENDIX G39 SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFCATION STANDARD GS-185 Veterans Health Administration.
This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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