Social Worker, GS-12
Department Of Veterans Affairs - North Little Rock, AR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 791347 (Include on all documents)

Final Salary determination is made by a Professional Standards Board recommendation, HR Technical review, and Medical Center Director approval.

Duty Location/Campus: Mental Health Service, North Little Rock , Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Tour of Duty: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday (Potential for one evening or weekend daytime)

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is seeking a Social Worker for the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) section of the Mental Health Service, primarily working in the PTSD RRTP. Incumbent will report directly to the Assistant Chief of RRTP and hold a full-time VA appointment. Incumbent is assigned to a Specialty Mental Health Clinic. In this role he/she completes biopsychosocial assessments, treatment plans, chooses the appropriate evidence based therapy to employ to assist Veterans in making improvements. Has a vast knowledge of psychopathology, evidence based therapy, and individual and family dynamics. Knowledgeable of the impact that various issues, including PTSD, substance abuse and health problems have on the mental health of a Veteran.

Area of Consideration: The initial area of consideration is this Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). Management retains the right to select any appropriate recruitment methods such as reassignment, appointment, transfer, reinstatement or other special appointment authorities such as those for disabled veterans, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles, Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA), severely disabled individuals, Interchange Agreements with other Agencies, etc. Candidates from other sources may be considered only after consideration has been given the best qualified candidates from this CAVHS. Current permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees may apply for consideration under this announcement.

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Non-citizens may be appointed when there are no qualifed U.S. citizens.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Must be licensed at the advanced level (e.g., LCSW)

DUTIES:
  • Incumbent performs specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Incumbent incorporates 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. Incumbent regularly provides CPT, PE , and substance abuse therapy and other mandated, evidenced based therapies to veterans with primary diagnosis of PTSD, most of whom also have multiple psychiatric and psychosocial diagnosis. Responsible for maintaining certification in specialized treatments and for becoming certified in new treatments as needed.
  • Incumbent is able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with traumatic brain injuries , post-traumatic stress disorder, addictions, and other serious disorders. Responsible for development of new programming and directing the programming provided by other professional staff.
  • Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practices and services in specialty areas, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Incumbent is able to demonstrate the ability to design changes based on empirical findings. Conducts PCL weekly with CPT patients, and changes/adjusts treatment based on PCL scores and patient input. Conducts treatment plan updates during 4 th week of treatment, having patients re-rate severity of symptoms; provide feed-back on progress toward self-identified goals. Compares this with ratings during first week of treatment and adjusts treatment accordingly. Reports outcome of treatment plan updates and PCL scores to psychologists, recommends and implements changes.
  • Responsible for the authority to approve/deny veterans' requests for week-end pass, requests to be excused from programming, enter into behavioral contracts with veterans. Recommends/implements disciplinary actions as needed. Has authority to make decision regarding patient discharges.
  • Responsible for making recommendations and offering consultation regarding operational aspects of program, including consultation with other professional staff and determining role/scope of practice for Social Service Assistants. Works with other program leadership to insure that the PTSD program meets the standards required by all regulatory bodies, VA policy, patient need, and good ethical practice.
  • Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Provides both in-service and community education regarding PTSD and the needs of returning veterans. Serves as expert witness in court as requested and if approved by Regional Counsel. Serves as the lead member of the interdisciplinary team, and meets regularly with clinical management to provide input, counsel. Serves as field instructor for Master's level social work students, providing supervision and modeling effective practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Provides educational material/presentations on topics related to PTSD and other mental health issues at staff meetings and other venues.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Must have a masters degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the advanced practice level (ie., ASWB, LCSW).

Citizen of the United States . Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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. *** 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. ***

( X) PROFICIENCY/PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL REQUIREMENT:
( X ) BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:
( X ) PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
( X ) CREDENTIALING :
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE : The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY : Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201)

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your rating or consideration for employment

Veterans' Preference:
Veterans' preference does not apply to Merit Promotion; however, if you are a Veteran applying under a special hiring authority for veterans, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as: a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.

DD Form 214: Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html . This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp .

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

OTHER INFORMATION:
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs). For more information on the performance based interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi .

Filling Additional Vacancies: If additional vacancies for this position occur within 90 days, this announcement may be used without reannouncement.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...