Social Worker - Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Posted
Jan 13, 2022
Closes
Jan 15, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the Mental Health Service of VA Maryland Health Care System, in Baltimore, MD.

Duties include, but are not limited to, a full range of psycho-diagnostic services including assessment, and using the most appropriate, evidence-based psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care in the delivery of a full range of psychological and multidisciplinary services in the PRRC.

The PRRC Coordinator regularly treats Veterans with serious medical and psychiatric problems through counseling or referral.

The PRRC Coordinator provides direct clinical services within the PRRC. The PRRC Coordinator maintains a caseload within the program, and facilitates individual, group, family therapy and psychoeducational programs to Veterans diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). In doing so, the PRRC Coordinator incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment to Veterans with psychotic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders (including PTSD), affective disorders, substance use disorders, and medical comorbidities.

As PRRC Coordinator, coordinates and controls the use of data related to the PRRC program regarding day-to-day functioning and program evaluation. The Coordinator plans and organizes administrative, operational, patient and personnel activities for the programs. The PRRC Coordinator will coordinate all team and treatment planning meetings and keep administrative minutes of all team meetings. The PRRC Coordinator assists in implementing standard operating procedures for the program. The PRRC Coordinator develops individual or group goals and objectives as well as monitors, operates, evaluates, and coordinates the programmatic goals of the PRRC program. The PRRC Coordinator ensures that program staff adheres to all current directives of VHA and meets current standards of The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), State licensure standards, and VA-OIG expectations.

The PRRC Coordinator programmatically coordinates interdisciplinary staff, including a psychologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, occupational therapist, program support assistant, nurses, vocational rehabilitation, and/or peer support. The PRRC Coordinator provides technical and programmatic support necessary for accomplishing the work of the programs, including outreach efforts, coordination, and communication with CBOC's and efforts at other sites within a large Health Care System.

Provides clinical services through the VAMHCS Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Other duties as assigned or required.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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 VA.
  • 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


Qualifications

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, all applicants must meet the following:
Citizenship: A citizen of the United States

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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the
accreditation standards for a Master of 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: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Senior Social Worker, GS-12
(1) 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.
(2) 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).
(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) 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.
(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) 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 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 12.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (intermittent); standing (intermittent); hearing (aid permitted); clear speech. The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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