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Social Worker - Mental Health Senior Outpatient

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: santa rosa
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more

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A Recruitment Incentive may be available for highly qualified applicants

Duties in the university/college setting include, but are not limited to, the following duties:

* Provide expert level couples/family and individual therapy as well as case management services for diagnostically highly complex veterans and their families * Provide onsite mental health services to student veterans to promote success in college; offer individual, family, and group psychotherapy services utilizing evidence-based approaches * Facilitate psycho-education groups regarding post-deployment readjustment and adaptive coping strategies, focusing on resiliency * Coordinate the transfer of mental health follow-up services to the community or CBOC's when indicated * Assist in establishing primary health care services with the Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) when indicated * Refer veterans and family members to appropriate long-term psychotherapy services when indicated (including CBOC's, Vet Center); and, provide direct social work services utilizing VA and community resources * Onsite outreach and education, and the incumbent will provide faculty education regarding normal post-deployment adjustment reactions * Partner with the Department of Defense (military bases), Family Organizations (Yellow Ribbon Events), and Veterans Services Programs (County Veterans Service Officer, Vet Center, residential program, Veterans of Foreign Wars) to develop on-site outreach and education events * Develop onsite outreach and social events including healthy recreation strategies in order to strengthen the student veteran's support network. * Consult with VA primary mental health providers on care coordination/ management needs * Educate through e-mail and by presentations to staff about resources: ensuring current staff and trainees are updated on current resources; utilization of data base * Orient and train all new staff and trainees on frequently used VA and community resources * Support staff through clinical case consultation; provide case consultation throughout the continuum of care; and, train MHS staff to provide care coordination/ management services to their patients * Provide direct psychosocial supportive services to veterans and their family members in conjunction with the assigned primary mental health provider * Direct patient care services to veterans who have been identified by their primary mental health provider in conjunction with the Resource Specialist/Care Coordination Social Worker as having complex psychosocial needs requiring specific resource and referral knowledge and case management expertise * Connect veterans and family members with needed services with the VA system and the community * Initiate and develop ongoing relationships with community-based agencies that provide veteran resources (this will include offsite visits with Community based agencies) * Coordinate with those community-based clinicians who have their own resource list/data base and disseminate to primary mental health providers.

Duties in the CBOC setting include, but are not limited to, the following duties: * The emphasis of this 1/2 of the position is to provide couples and family therapy services at the Santa Rose CBOC * Assigned tasks determined by the Couple and Family Therapy Program Coordinator, and the CBOC Clinic Mental Health Manager, in collaboration with the Director of Mental Health Social Work or his/her designee and with the Chief of Mental Health Service * Screen, triage and/or conduct an intake evaluation on the veteran and/or family, in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the veteran, family members and significant others * Develop a treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment, and as required perform case management indicated in the treatment plan * Responsible for developing the treatment plan, and setting achievable treatment goals with the veteran/family * Provide expert level couples/family therapy, individual, group as well as case management service for diagnostically highly complex veterans and their families * Provide expert consultation as needed to staff and trainees in various mental health disciplines * Will educate and encourage the veteran/family to advocate on their own behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment * Will actively consult with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator overseeing high risk veterans in his/her clinical setting * Provide education on mental health issues of specialized scope to the VA, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, evidence-based treatments, and/or working with returning veterans * Review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services * Enter all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position to local sites.

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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


Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs. The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities: light lifting under 15 pound, light carrying under 15 pounds, use of fingers, walking and standing up to 8 hours, and operation of motor vehicle driving to other locations. Carting around materials such as laptops, promotional/program materials, refreshments, etc to different areas of facilities. Environmental Factors: Constant noise, working around moving objects or vehicles, working closely with others, and working alone. " For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Basic Qualifications:

* Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. * 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. * 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 master's degree level. * English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determination: GS-12 Senior Social Worker

Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

2. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30pm

References: VA Handbook 5005, Chapter II, Appendix G39. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review

Telework: Not authorized

Virtual: This position is not virtual

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Note: These positions are covered by the bargaining unit


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: 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:

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