Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Vet Center) in Caribou, Maine
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Caribou, ME
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (17 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (7 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number 1528829
*OUR MISSION: *To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The VA Maine Healthcare System is seeking a Social Worker to provide readjustment counseling to Veterans and their families in the Vet Center program. The primary duty location is Caribou, ME. We are the employer of choice that is the center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence. We value you.
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.
CURRENT VA AND/OR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES SHOULD APPLY UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT # VHA-402-17-SL-1818244-BU
**This position provides readjustment counseling to eligible active duty service members, veterans and their families in the Vet Center program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a successful readjustment. This task is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Vet Center or other interdisciplinary treatment teams both within the Department of Veteran Affairs, community agencies, and the Department of Defense as appropriate. The employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours to include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. The employee will be required to safely operate a government vehicle under a myriad of conditions to support the mission. Other duties include but are not limited to:
Completing psycho-social assessments.
Developing unique treatment plans that reflect a course of therapeutic intervention that will address needs identified in assessments.
Maintaining and exercising an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of clients, which may be better served by programs external to the Vet Center.
Uses the current resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of clients.
Exercises advocacy with the goal of enabling and educating the client to effectively advocate for him/herself.
Exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm; with occasional nights, weekends and holidays
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker - Counselor
This position is also being announced as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC), and Psychologist, and Readjustment Counseling Therapist. This position may be filled using multiple job series. If you are a LPMHC, please apply to vacancy # VHA-402-1. If you are a Psychologist, please apply to vacancy # VHA-402-.
- Not Required
- You must a US Citizen.
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
- Background and-or Security Investigation required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the US.
Education. Have a master's degree in social work (SW) from a school of SW fully accredited by the Council on SW Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of SW that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of SW is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in SW may not be substituted for the master's degree in SW.
Licensure. Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice SW at the master's degree level.
*Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. For grades below or at the full performance level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker.
English Language Proficiency. SW's must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Preferred experience includes: individual & group counseling to patients & family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & related psychological difficulties, marital & family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, & other issues impacting upon a patient's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.
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, religious, 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.
GS-9 Social Worker:
Experience, Education & Licensure. GS-9/ entry level grade for the GS-185 SW series and is used for SW's with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for SW's who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. SW's at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Ability to 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.
Ability to work with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills. Work with more complex problems is done under close supervision. With guidance from the SW supervisor, ability to 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.
Basic knowledge of psychosocial treatment modalities and, under supervision, ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
Knowledge 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.
Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
GS-11 Social Worker:
Experience, Education and Licensure.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 and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR,
In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in SW from a school of SW may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional SW experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities**
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
Assignments. This is the full performance level for social workers. GS-11 social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work. They are assigned to all program areas, including inpatient or outpatient medicine, surgery, mental health, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, and geriatrics. Employees provide professional, independent social work services in the assigned area.
References:VA Handbook 5005/23 Part II, Appendix G39 Qualification Standard dated February 13, 2009. http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-39.pdf
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.
Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. There are no special demands required to perform this work.
What To Expect Next
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11
Promotion Potential: 11
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 452879300
Job Announcement Number: VHA-402-17-SL-1528829-BU