Incumbent carries a clinical caseload, providing geriatric case management to middle-aged and older veterans who live with chronic medical/mental illnesses in the CLC, a long term care setting. Is an integral member of the multidisciplinary team and responsible for providing services which include: conducting psychosocial assessments, advance care planning, treatment planning, discharge planning, referrals to resources, resource development, education, advocacy and supportive counseling.
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Work Schedule: Full-Time
Social Worker is assigned to a Community Living Center and is under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Social Worker. Incumbent performs direct clinical work at the independent practice level, demonstrating general knowledge and skill in assessment, planning and implementing of interventions for a broad spectrum of psychosocial issues.
Social Workers provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diverse backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture. Social Workers demonstrate the ability to work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family counseling skills.
The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Incumbent practices social work in an inpatient unit setting, providing services to specialty populations (e.g., Veterans living in a long-term care setting; Veterans needing rehabilitation while recovering from medical illnesses; Veterans with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disturbances, psychotic disorders, substance/addiction disorders, and neurocognitive disorders; Veterans struggling with adjustments to medical and mental illness or disability).
- Incumbent implements: crisis intervention techniques, screening & assessments, case management skills, supportive counseling, resource development, advocacy, health education, discharge planning and consultation.
- The Incumbent will develop an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the Veteran, family members and significant others.
Modesto, CA: $51,440.00-$80,912.00
All Other Locations: $62,415.00-$98,176.00
**SEE EDUCATION FOR AREA OF SPECIALTY*** Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Physical Requirements: This position is mostly sedentary and requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Preferred Experience: 1 year experience (which can include internship) working with individuals living with a serious mental illness providing recovery oriented services in a health care setting.
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Must Possess 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.[Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable].
- 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. 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. 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. 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, master's level within one year of meeting the full California prerequisites for licensure.
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.
Grade Determinations: GS-9 Level: 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. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below: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 social work 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