VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): 753727 (Include on all documents).
Social Worker; GS-0185; 1 vacancy; Biloxi, MS
Announcement Number: 520-BG-12-753727-708490
Open Date: 09/24/12 Close Date: 10/15/12
Salary: Grade and salary to be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB) as noted in qualifications section.
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The Social Worker independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. The incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, and provide Social Work interventions for individuals, families and groups. The Social Worker independently conducts psychosocial assessments. She/he develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran and/or family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. The incumbent possesses the skills to offer psychosocial intervention and utilizes professional judgment in determining the method and techniques to be used. The Social Worker acts as a subject matter expert and liaison with community agencies. She/he coordinates community-based services, including information and referral to or from other VA programs, government programs, and community agency programs.
The Social Worker has knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. She/he identifies high-risk patients and provides appropriate intervention case management services. The incumbent provides crisis intervention services addressing the cause and presenting complaint. She/he coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. The incumbent works under supervision with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems. She/he is knowledgeable and skilled in utilizing evidence-based practice to include individual, group, and family counseling techniques. The Social Worker provides consultation to VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of the veterans and the impact of their problems on their health and adherence to their treatment plan. The incumbent evaluates their own practice as well as their colleagues through professional peer review and case conference. She/he communicates effectively, both orally and in writing with people from varied backgrounds.
MAY BE ASSIGNED TO ONE OR A COMBINATION OF SETTINGS REQUIRING THE SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION. MAY ALSO BE ASSIGNED TO ANY NEW PROGRAM DEVELOPED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE VETERANS WE SERVE. ASSIGNMENT LOCATION MAY BE AT ANY FACILITY INCLUDED IN THE GULF COAST VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.
THIS POSITION MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER POSITIONS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.
Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
WORK SCHEDULE: Administrative Hours; Monday thru Friday
BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must:
a. Citizenship. Be 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.)
b. Education. Have a masters 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 masters degree in social work.
c. 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 masters degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website .
(1) Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed or certified.
(a) 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, masters level within 3 years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require 2 years of post-MSW experience as a pre-requisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In California, where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, masters level within one year of meeting the full California prerequisites for licensure.
(b) It is VHA policy that a VHA social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record.
(c) Different states have different levels of licensure or certification, making it difficult for VHA staff to determine the independent practice level. Each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia completed surveys identifying the level of licensure or certification allowing independent practice. Copies of the surveys are on file in the Office of Social Work Service and a summary spreadsheet of the levels of licensure or certification is available to social work professional standards board members for purposes of determining whether the social workers level of licensure or certification meets the VHA qualification standards. All states except California use a series of licensure exams administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The ASWB is the association of boards that regulate social work. ASWB develops and maintains the social work licensing examination used across the country and is a central resource for information on the legal regulation of social work. The ASWB offers three examinations. The masters examination is generally used by states for the independent practice level of licensure or certification, while the advanced generalist and the clinical examinations are used for the advanced practice level of licensure or certification. Differences between the masters and the advanced exams demonstrate the expectation that advanced practice social workers will have a more sophisticated knowledge of practice theory and its application.
(2) Failure to Obtain License or Certification. In all cases, social workers must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure or certification starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, Chief Social Work or Social Work Executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline. Failure to become licensed or certified within the proscribed amount of time will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
(3) Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
e. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
f. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.
In addition to the basic requirements the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of the candidate:
Experience, Education and Licensure. GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-185 social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.
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.
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.
The above is an excerpt from VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix F7, Qualification Standard for Social Worker, GS-185-9/15. For the full text, see the Handbook file in Human Resources Management Service.
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
The above is an excerpt from the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions. For the full text, see the Handbook on file in Human Resources Management Service.
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