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<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />No recruitment incentives have been authorized.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The Senior Social Worker in the Opiate Agonist Treatment Program (OATP) assesses patients referred for opiate agonist treatment utilizing DSM 5 criteria for Substance Use Disorders as well as the federal criteria for providing buprenorphine and/or methadone maintenance treatment and provides appropriate referrals for treatment utilizing information obtained throughout detailed assessments as well as the ASAM criteria for levels of care. The Senior Social Worker is a subject matter expert in the assessment of opioid, benzodiazepine, and alcohol withdrawal, and makes appropriate and timely referrals for medication-assisted treatment when indicated. The incumbent provides individual and group psychotherapy utilizing established empirically-supported treatment modalities for this population (Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Harm Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, 12-Step Facilitation). The Senior Social Worker develops/maintains treatment plans specific to individual patient needs. The Social Worker has specialized clinical expertise in areas such as the recovery process and relapse prevention.The OATP Senior Social Worker provides case-management and coordination of care to each Veteran patient to the extent that is appropriate for their needs and level of functioning; caseload not to exceed 50. The Senior Social Worker supports and encourages patients to follow up with health care, and provides concrete assistance with doing so. This may also include assistance with resource allocation needs such as for food, shelter, or transportation, and local, State and Federal benefit applications. The Senior Social Worker assists patients with addressing issues in all arenas of their lives that are causing distress, impairment or harm, and inclusion of family and/or caregivers is encouraged as appropriate. The OATP Senior Social Worker must be able to address the patient holistically, working closely with OATP physicians, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and technicians, as well as with other treatment teams (e.g., Infectious Disease, Chronic Pain, Primary Care, Critical Time Intervention, Tele-Mental Health, etc). Serves as an Employee Assistance Program clinician. There may be other duties as assigned or required.<br /><br /><strong>Work Schedule:</strong> Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm<br /> <strong>Fi</strong><strong>nancial Disclosure Report:</strong> Not required <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>American Heart Association Basic Life Saver Certification (BLS) required prior to on-boarding</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/05/2019.<br /> <strong>Basic Requirements</strong>: <ul> <li>United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <li><strong>Education.</strong> Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). </li> <li><strong>Licensure.</strong> 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 clinical level. </li> </ul> <strong>Preferred Experience:</strong> <strong> Experience with opiate agonist treatment </strong><br /><br /><strong>Grade Determinations</strong>: <br /><b>GS-12 Senior Social Worker</b><br /><br />(a) <b>Experience, Education and Licensure.</b> 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 professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.<br /><br />(b) <b>Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities</b><br /><br />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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><strong>References:</strong> VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G39<br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements: </strong>A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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. For further information, visit: http: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.<br /><br />Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Suitability/Fitness <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br /><ul><li>Resume</li></ul> <strong>Current VA and other Federal employees </strong> are required to provide SF50(s) in accordance with the checklist below.<br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search . (PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)<br /><br />The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>OF-306</li><li>VA Form 10-2850c, License</li><li>Veterans Disability Preference in Civil Service Hiring letter</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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