Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker - Emergency Department (Intermittent (PRN) Work Schedule) in Columbia, South Carolina
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Few vacancies in the following location:
- Columbia, SC
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Intermittent
Opened Monday 5/30/2016 (147 day(s) ago)
** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1717783
NOTES:**THESE POSITIONS ARE NOT FULL TIME.
Federal regulations do not permit a Federal employee to receive basic pay from more than one position for more than an aggregate of 40 hours of work in one calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). (5 US Code 5533 Dual pay from more than one position; limitations; exceptions)**
Applications received by June 20, 2016 will receive first consideration. If selections are not made for all vacancies, applications will be reviewed every two weeks.
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The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Social Work Service, is currently recruiting for the position of Senior Social Worker. Incumbent(s) will work on an intermittent (PRN) basis and will not be eligible for many of the benefits associated with Federal employment.
Incumbent will practice in the Emergency Department to provide psychiatric and medical emergency services as a licensed mental health provider. The incumbent is required to work nontraditional shifts, including early mornings, nights, and weekends. She/he may be the only Social Worker on duty during those shifts and must function at a highly independent, advanced level. The incumbent also covers social work needs for Veteran's admitted to the medical acute care/critical care units during the evening and weekend hours. Coverage includes completing the "Social Work Admission Assessment" and offering assistance with any emergent issues that arise after hours. The incumbent serves a patient population with highly complex medical and mental health issues. Is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The incumbent has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment and at least two years in an area of specialized social work practice. The incumbent must be licensed at the advanced practice level. Requires specialized knowledge of psychiatric emergency diagnosis, intervention, and treatment. Must also be skilled in the areas of post traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, sexual assault, child, elder, and dependence abuse, substance abuse, grief and bereavement, and end of life issues. Demonstrates an ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective social work practice skills, teach or provide orientation to less experienced Social Workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for social work licensure or certification. Functions of the position include: performing specialized treatment of complex physical and mental illness for patients in the emergency department with psychiatric emergencies. Will also complete initial psychosocial assessments on Veteran's admitted to Acute Care and Mental Health during the weekend along with assisting any veterans/families who do not have another assigned Social Worker. Services are primarily provided in the emergency department with very little supervisory control. The incumbent is typically the only Social Worker on duty during early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Must demonstrate significantly advanced clinical skills and be able to function independently. The number of patients served is considerable. 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. Specific tasks may include: evaluation, DSM diagnosis, and intervention for psychiatric emergencies in the emergency department; psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, and coordination of care for patients that require inpatient mental health placement; consultation with other emergency services; and end of life counseling. The incumbent is able to provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with serious medical and psychiatric disorders. Provides services that access the continuum of care. Provides services on an outpatient basis. Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the emergency psychiatric care and crisis intervention specialty areas, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Demonstrates the ability to design changes based on empirical findings. 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. The incumbent 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. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Tour of Duty: Irregular tour of duty that will vary based upon need to include 12:00am-8:00am or 4:30pm-4:00am. Nights, weekends, and holidays. Functional Statement Title/#: Senior Social Worker/00774-A
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment physical 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.
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, applicant must meet the following: a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. b. 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. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of 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 master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. 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. Physical Requirements. Must pass pre-employment physical exam. f. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
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.
Preferred Experience: Two years of past MH ER or Mobile Crisis MH experience preferred.
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, applicants must also meet the GS-12 grade level requirements for a Senior Social Worker. GS-12 Senior Social Worker. Experience, Education and Licensure. Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB 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). 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities: 1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate 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. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services. 2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. 3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings. 4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. 5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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: *Light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds); walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13# to 16# to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.
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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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0185-12/12
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 440455000
Job Announcement Number: OE-16-SPH-1717783-BU