Senior Social Worker (TelePain EVP) Loch Raven CBOC

Baltimore, Maryland
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time

This position provides insomnia, SUD and mental health services, case management and intervention supportive to the wellbeing for Veterans enrolled in TelePain­ EVP. The Social Worker supports Veterans during their TelePain-EVP VVC training, by providing temporary continuity of care between TelePain-EVP through services to Veterans with insomnia, SUDs and other mental health conditions as they transition from other programs, including SUD treatment programs, GMH, PCMHI, TRP, MHICM, and HUD-VASH, and back to their local facility point of contact (e.g. Providers and Telehealth Technicians within Mental Health and/or Interdisciplinary Pain Management Teams) who then take responsibility to complete re-connection with their PACT and/or BHIP teamlets for ongoing continuity of care. The Senior Social Worker provides early evaluation of, case management of, and early EBT for insomnia and/or SUD. Poor sleep and/or SUD are contributing factors to social dysfunction, so providing SUD treatment support and early intervention can promote retention and improved engagement in coaching in TelePain-EVP, recovery, improved quality of life and successful independent functioning. Veterans are frequently also diagnosed with co-occurring mental health, physical health and social problems that require particular skill in early intervention and crisis management (including Complete Suicide Risk Evaluation and Safety Planning, and even evaluation at times for possible involuntary admission). The Social Worker provides group and/or individual CBT-i EBT for insomnia, as well as assessments for Sleep Apnea evaluation and/or follow-up with local facility or regional Sleep Medicine clinic. The Senior Social Worker must be able to develop appropriate professional relationships with the Veterans and meet the Veteran at the level they are ready to engage in treatment. The Senior Social Worker will also need to develop liaison relationships with more acute treatment providers/ programs, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program for SUD. The Senior Social Worker will provide appropriate group and individual case management and treatment. For Veterans receiving intensive case management, the Senior Social Worker will assure communication and appropriate coordination of care.

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8 to 4:30 (tour is negotiable)
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (TelePain EVP) Loch Raven CBOC/PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): No Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


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


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. (NOTE: This applies to the past, current, and upcoming VA Health Professional Trainees (HPT) only. HPT is an individual appointed to temporary positions in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree requirements or receiving VA Health Professional Scholarship Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation (WOC).)

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.
  • 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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED: If you do not submit the required document, your application may not be reviewed.)
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.
Preferred Experience: Prior experience providing therapy to individuals diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders, particularly Opioid Use Disorder. Experience working in a medication assisted therapy setting for Opioid Use Disorder.

GS-12 Grade Determination: Must possess at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure that was in a specialized area of social work practice of which one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level and that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate 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 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39

Physical Requirements: Use of fingers; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Hearing (aid permitted); Clear Speech. The environment involves everyday risks and discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of offices, patient rooms, and in general, the medical center. It also involves normal risks associated with a medical center, including exposure to contagious diseases and disturbed patients.


IMPORTANT: Please submit your transcript(s) with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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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.

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