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Job Title: Social Worker (Inpatient)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Social Services, Computers, Software, Finance/Economics, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Social Worker (Inpatient)

You will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members. You must be an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. You will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. You will provide a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice, which includes casework, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. You will develop treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. You must possess the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measure outcomes to interventions. You must be able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. You will independently identify high-risk patients and provide case management services. You will provide crisis intervention services, seeking to address cause, as well as, the presenting complaint, coordinate family conferences and serve as liaison to family members. You must have working knowledge and experience in 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. You will establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Independently work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. You will provide consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. You must be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. The incumbent may be required to work an irregular tour of duty, weekends, nights depending on mission needs.


Basic Requirements:
U.S. Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.
Education: Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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 proficency: To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA), applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
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. AND, In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities below and please attach a written narrative summary:
(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 5005/50, 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.

Physical Requirements: Intermittent Lifting (15 lbs and over); Intermittent Sitting (5 hours/day); Standing (up to 4 hours); Intermittent climbing and kneeling (0.50 hours/day); Repeated bending/stooping (up to 2 hours); Intermittent twisting, pulling, and pushing (0.50 hours/day); Simple Grasping & Use of fingers; Both hands required includes keyboarding (2 Hours/day); Walking (up to 4 hours); Intermittent Reaching above Shoulder (0.50 Hour/day); Intermittent Driving a Vehicle (2 Hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13"to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

None

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

. Resume (required)
? Transcript (required)
? SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)
. Licensure/Certification (updated)
. Narrative responses to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (recommended)
. 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. (Updated required)

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).

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:
U.S. Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.
Education: Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) 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 proficency: To be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., Chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in Veterans Health Administration (VHA), applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
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. AND, In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities below and please attach a written narrative summary:
(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 5005/50, 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.

Physical Requirements: Intermittent Lifting (15 lbs and over); Intermittent Sitting (5 hours/day); Standing (up to 4 hours); Intermittent climbing and kneeling (0.50 hours/day); Repeated bending/stooping (up to 2 hours); Intermittent twisting, pulling, and pushing (0.50 hours/day); Simple Grasping & Use of fingers; Both hands required includes keyboarding (2 Hours/day); Walking (up to 4 hours); Intermittent Reaching above Shoulder (0.50 Hour/day); Intermittent Driving a Vehicle (2 Hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13"to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).
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