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Job Title: Senior Social Worker (Caregiver Support)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Senior Social Worker (Caregiver Support)

The Caregivers Support Community Mental Health Social Worker is assigned to the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and provides services to Veteran and their Caregivers with the Caregivers Support Program. The incumbent serves, in Caregivers Support Program, the Caregiver and those Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness who are part of the Caregivers Support Program. The incumbent will conduct community visits to the Veteran's Home that are currently enrolled in Caregiver Support Program. The client population's illness is chronic in nature, refractory to resolution and requires monitoring to maintain stability. The incumbent will perform mental health assessment on the Veterans and/or Caregivers of the enrolled Veterans. The incumbent will assure continuity of care by using a team approach and sharing responsibilities while providing mental health referrals for the Caregivers and/or the Veterans, other duties include;

  • Provide complex clinical services to clients with serious psychological problems on a regular and continuing basis, including suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
  • Achieve program goals through frequent home visits, crisis/stress management, as well as develop linkages to community resources.
  • Work with Veterans and Caregivers in the program diagnoses with a severe and persistent mental illness that has meet the criteria for admissions into the Caregiver Support Program.
  • Provides veterans and their family members with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources.
  • Required to exercise independent judgment and decision making in the formulation of the treatment plan with the treatment team.
  • Independently conducts psychosocial assessments in the Veteran?s home and/or at the nearest VA location.
  • Utilizes the most recent addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) as the basis for diagnostic impressions and conclusions.
  • Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family to address mental health needs of Veterans.
  • Possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcomes to interventions.
  • Complies with national and local performance mandates, including timely health care screening and completion of applicable clinical reminders for all Veterans.
  • Possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups.
  • Provides ongoing assessment of substance abuse issues and refers to appropriate treatment programs as indicated.
  • Independently identifies high-risk Veterans and provides case management services as needed and completes assigned Performance Improvement activities at the program, service line, and medical center level.
  • Independently work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills
  • Communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
  • Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion,working knowledge and skill in the use of word-processing, data management and other computer systems, especially those programs in use by VHA.
  • Able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs.
  • Acts as a resource and liaison person to public and private providers and agencies to assure continuity of care and appropriate referrals for Veterans and their stakeholders as levels of care change.
  • Participates in the admission/screening/assessment process by interviewing Veterans and/or other stakeholders and completing intake data collection with purpose of ensuring Caregiver Support Program Mental Health Assessment are in compliance.
  • Utilizes the most recent addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) as the basis for diagnostic impressions and conclusions.

Work Schedule: Alternate work schedule that may include nights and weekends.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:

Citizenship. A citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not
possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

Education. Master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE). 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 the CSWE website http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspx to verify a master of Social Work. Transcript must be uploaded.

English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English

Licensure. Must have current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirement may be found at http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM Must maintain a valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification at all times. Must submit copy of license. Must maintain a valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification at all times. Must have a valid, unrestricted North Carolina driving license if position requires operation of a government vehicle in performance of assigned duties

Grade Determinations: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced 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.

Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. Advanced practice Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession.

The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by the Senior Social Worker 's ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification programs.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities (KSAs) below:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G 39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, lifting of paperwork, utilizing a computer, and closely working with others. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • VA 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Must be uploaded: VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • License
  • VA 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. A citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not
possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

Education. Master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CWSE). 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 the CSWE website http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspx to verify a master of Social Work. Transcript must be uploaded.

English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English

Licensure. Must have current Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirement may be found at http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM Must maintain a valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification at all times. Must submit copy of license. Must maintain a valid Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification at all times. Must have a valid, unrestricted North Carolina driving license if position requires operation of a government vehicle in performance of assigned duties

Grade Determinations: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced 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.

Advanced Practice Level is defined as the ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services in a specialized area of practice to veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychological support. Advanced practice Social Worker has an increased depth and breadth of practice skills; has expertise in participating in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching; demonstrates leadership in developing and expanding professional intervention strategies; demonstrates leadership in defining and attending to professional practice issues; and has the ability to expand the conceptual knowledge of the profession.

The advanced practice social worker can be further differentiated from the independent practice social worker by the Senior Social Worker 's ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced social workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification programs.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities (KSAs) below:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G 39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required. The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, use of the telephone, lifting of paperwork, utilizing a computer, and closely working with others. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities.
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