The Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System, Social Work Service is currently recruiting for one Social Worker for Military to VA Case Management for the Oklahoma City VA. 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: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part) English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 masters of social work. Licensure.: Persons hired or reassigned to the social worker position GS-0185 series in the 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 by going to http://vaww.va.gov/ORHM//T38Hybrids. 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. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, chief social work or social work executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline. For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require two years of post-MSW experience as a prerequisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In states such as California, Washington, and others where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master's level within one year of meeting the full state prerequisites for licensure. Social Worker GS-09 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: 1. Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. 2. 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. 3.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. 4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. 5. 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. Social Worker, 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 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: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 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. 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. 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. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G-39 Dated September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 Physical Requirements: Must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. They must have good manual dexterity, must be able to express or exchange ideals by means of spoken and written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Military to VA (M2VA) Social Work Case Manager is a social worker with the advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used to provide specialized case management of Post 9/11service members and/or Veterans. The M2VA Social Work Case Manager works independently as well as collaborates with other professional disciplines within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the community to assist with transition and coordination of services, access to care to meet biological, psychological, social, and environmental needs of returning combat veterans. The M2VA Social Work Case Manager provides a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem-solving for severely injured or seriously ill Post 9/11 service members and all other Post 9/11 service members identified as in need of complex Case Management. The M2VA Social Work Case Manager also performs all duties of case management for the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Poly-trauma Clinic and Trauma and Deployment Clinic. This is a high profile, high intensity program where decisions can impact the patient and family as well as the medical center and the VISN. Must be a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the complex care management of severely ill and/or injured Post 9/11 service members and Veterans treated at the facility. Case management responsibilities also include providing supportive services to families/caregivers. Assists Post 9/11 service members and/or Veterans in coping with acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals of TBI, community adjustment, addictions, and other health and mental health problems. Addresses home care needs, homelessness, and transition across levels and sites of care. Social Work care management practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, and solution-based problem solving is focused on helping Post 9/11 service members and/or Veterans and their families/caregivers maximize rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning. Assignment is located at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System (OKC VAHCS), serves all CBOC's and requires travel and working on weekends and evenings, to meet with military Reserve and National Guard units when they are available. Must have advanced knowledge and understanding of a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities and systems of care when working with Post 9/11 service members and/or Veterans and their families/caregivers who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and environmental problems. Uses advanced clinical training, insight, and experience to interpret data and identify viable treatment options. Assesses high risk factors, acuity and need for services. Independently evaluates the returning combat service members/Veteran's situation, including their reaction to it and ability to deal with it, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion, based on the psychosocial assessment using professional judgment and advanced practice skills to make appropriate referrals. Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary disposition plan, involving the service member/Veteran and family or significant others/caregivers. Performs insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving poly-trauma illnesses, psychiatric illness, catastrophic medical conditions, and other high-risk diagnoses. Provides psychosocial assessment and intervention focused on helping Post 9/11 service members and/or Veterans and their families/caregivers maximize rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning. Travels, as may be required, for services to Post 9/11 service members/Veterans and their families/caregivers to include provision of education and consult at Yellow Ribbon events and Post Deployment Health Re Assessment Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm Telework: Eligible Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD54892A 54892-A, 54893-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.