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. 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/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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). Preferred Experience: Substance abuse training and experience. Grade Determinations: Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 (1) Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. (2) Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Senior Social Worker position exists within the PTSD Clinical Team/Substance Abuse Treatment Program (PCT/SATP) Specialty Team. The SUD Senior Social Worker primarily treats Veterans admitted to the SATP program, for the treatment of Substance Use Disorders. The incumbent will be able to fully assess and objectively diagnose mental health disorders, particularly SUD related disorders, conduct screenings and/or assessments, and provide Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBPs), specifically pertaining to the diagnoses of SUD. The incumbent's primary function is the delivery of individual and group psychotherapy for SUD, which may include, but is not limited to Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUD (CBT-SUD), Contingency Management, as well as other Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) consistent interventions for SUD. The incumbent's clinical work may also at times include the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) if trained, and necessary. Treatment is provided in person or via telemental health modalities, such as Clinical Video Teleconferencing (CVT) or VA Video Connect (VVC). Training in, or a willingness to obtain and complete training in the SUD treatments mentioned above, in addition to others that are job consistent, is expected. Other therapies consistent with the VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) pertaining to the treatment Veterans with SUD, and to their families, may be utilized. The incumbent will develop, implement, and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. The incumbent may also, depending upon need, and clinical skill, be flexibly involved in the treatment of Veterans with PTSD or comorbid PTSD and SUD, as the demand warrants and under the direction of the PCT/SATP Program Manager (This will be noted by a functional statement change when a change in workload exceeds 5% of the incumbent's time, and will be made only if/when this change is indicated as determined by the PCT/SATP Program Manager). The Senior Social Worker consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues, and may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. Functions/Scope: The Senior Social Worker functions in accordance with the policies, principals, professional ethics and techniques of accepted Social Work practice to include the NASW, professional licensing code, and State laws. Additional guides are available in the form of Veterans Administration directives; program guides, bulletins and circulars; Center Memoranda; Social Work By-Laws; applicable Labor-Management Bargaining Agreements; and external accreditation agencies utilized by the VA Medical Center (TJC, CARF, etc.). Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 0800-1630 Compressed/Flexible: Possible, in accordance with agency policy and approval. Telework: Reg Teleworks 6+ Days/PP Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000/Senior Social Worker Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy.Herman@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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