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As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/
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.
The Mountain Home VA Healthcare Systemstrongly encourages persons that are interested in and may represent multicultural diversity to apply. We have a long-standing Multicultural Diversity Committee led by mental health professionals devoted to educating, monitoring and furthering our awareness, practice and outcomes in regards to multiculturalism.
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The incumbent is assigned to the Mountain Home VA Healthcare System (MHVAHS) PRTP program and provides services to residents in the Domiciliary (Dom). The Dom provides a 24/7 structured and supportive residential environment as a part of the rehabilitative treatment regime. The program is designed to assist these Veterans with significant functional impairment to integrate into meaningful, self-determined community roles. The PRRTP helps Veterans to improve their quality live through the development of adaptive living skills. This is accomplished using a psychiatric residential milieu; promoting recovery based principles; and using evidence based practices. The PRRTP provides a therapeutic environment wherein Veterans are supported and encouraged to pursue recovery from mental illness, substance abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, unemployment and/or homelessness.
The incumbent provides a full range of Social Work services within commonly accepted standards of Social Work practice, which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. The incumbent provides expert level of therapeutic intervention with the residents and significant other to identify and address goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improve quality of life, and community integration, in addition to, specified treatment of medical conditions, mental illnesses, addictive disorders, and/ or homelessness. Their health care, psychosocial problems and needs are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving.
Work Schedule: Monday Through Friday 7:45am-4:30pm with possible evenings and weekends
Functional Statement Title/#: Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP) Senior Social Worker
Permanent Change of Station (PCS)Expenses are not authorized for this position.
Supervisory status No Conditions of Employment Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Physical Requirements: All candidates must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Candidates must meet the physical requirements outlined in Section II and Section VI of the OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions and must possess emotional and mental stability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this facility’s Human Resources Management Office at 423-926-1171 extension 7181. The decision on the type of reasonable accommodation to be granted will be made on a case-by-case basis.
US Citizenship.Citizen of the United States.Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possibleto 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 the CSWE website: http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspx to verify that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of socialwork.
Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social work 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 on the OHRM website: http://vaww1.va.gov/ohrm/T38Hybrid/HybridOccupations.htm
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English language in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.
1.Providing specialized interventions and treatment modalities for Veterans with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring disorders.
2.Developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of Social Work practice and services to Veterans with SMI and co-occurring disorders.
3.Providing subject matter expert consultation regarding the Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRTP).
4.Providing care coordination for community resource referrals to facilitate successful community reintegration for Veterans with SMI and co-occurring disorders.
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of two year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Chapter 3, Appendix G-39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM’s web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.