The VA Central Iowa Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Social Worker to serve as the Suicide Prevention Case Manager for the Mental Health Service Line. *** This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please see below for more information.*** 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. 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 at the GS-9 grade level. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. 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. Grade Determinations: GS-9 Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. (c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. (e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. GS-11 Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Work is performed in a clinical setting. Walking, standing, light lifting, typing, carrying, and bending may be required. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Incumbent is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the comprehensive case management of veterans who are identified as \"high risk\" for suicide or suicide behaviors at VA Central Iowa Medical Center. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of at risk veterans as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care. Case management responsibilities also include providing supportive services to families. In addition, the incumbent assists at risk veterans in coping with acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI), community adjustment, addictions, and other health and mental health problems. The social worker case manager addresses home care needs, homelessness, and transition across levels and sites of care. Social Work case management practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and tracking, is focused on helping at risk veterans and their families maximize behavioral health rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning. Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical Functions\n1. The incumbent will conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members.\n2. The incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with multiple disciplines/programs. The case manager will assist clinical staff in developing safety plans for identified high risk patients.\n3. The incumbent will take an active role with Veteran care within the psychiatric unit and MHRRTP. This would include meeting with Veterans individually and facilitating group therapy.\n4. The incumbent will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate including arranging for appointments to meet their mental health and physical needs.\n5. The incumbent will provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate within a recovery oriented framework. This also includes crisis management. The case manager will assist veteran in developing a safety plan.\n6. The incumbent will provide consultation/education to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits.\n7. The incumbent will act as a consultant to Treatment team members physicians and other staff of the Central Iowa VA Medical Center and to employees of external agencies. Administrative Functions\n1. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of VA, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility.\n2. The incumbent may serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN, and/or VA Central Office levels.\n3. The incumbent consistently communicates with supervisor regarding complex patient situations and recommended solutions to treatment issues encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility.\n4. The incumbent is responsible for furthering own professional growth through education, appropriate to area of assignment, and providing coverage during social worker absences. PLEASE SEE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS BELOW VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.\nTelework: Available (50%)\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nEDRP: Authorized Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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