The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) is an outpatient program within the Recovery Services section of the Mental Health Clinical Center that provides state-of-the-art mental health programming and services for veterans based on the psychiatric rehabilitation recovery model. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to 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. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker 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. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations - For the Senior Social Worker, GS-12: Experience/Education: The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification: Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice), and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration, dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-12. Physical Requirements: Work is performed in an office/clinic setting with minimal risks that requires normal safety precautions; the area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated. However, the work environment requires someone with the ability to handle several tasks at once in sometimes stressful situations. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC) is an outpatient program within the Recovery Services section of the Mental Health Clinical Center. Duties include but are not limited to: The Senior Social Worker, being well-versed in the recovery model of mental health services, utilized sound clinical skills to offer recovery based interventions and measures outcomes to interventions. Provides individual and group therapy to Veterans living with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Works in collaboration with the PRRC inter-disciplinary recovery Team to develop and implement recovery oriented programming for Veteran care and treatment. Serve as an expert in mental health diagnostics, disabilities and treatment. Independently performs outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Provide consultation services to other VA staff members regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to recovery plans. Serves as a recovery coach within the PRRC, responsible for screenings, initial intake, detailed psychosocial assessments and assisting Veterans in the development of an individual recovery treatment plan. Promote the most effective transition of Veteran's integration into the community. Knowledge of financial and budgeting resources to assist Veterans and families in dealing with financial and other psychosocial barriers. Act as consultant to other stakeholders in the veteran's are regarding the veteran's social and familial situation as well as available VA/community resources. Familiar with evidence based treatments relevant to the treatment of SMI Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: NA Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Yes - EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.