The incumbents provides mental health therapy for eligible
Veterans in the outpatient Mental Health area at the Scottsbluff
Community Based Outpatient Clinic. The incumbent provides crisis
intervention, individual therapy, and group therapy independently
under their Scope of Practice. The incumbent also provides coverage
for the PACT clinics as a social worker by providing coordination
of care and case management supports.
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Major duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope
of Practice based on Veteran needs, acuity level, and preferences
- Provide therapies that are evidenced based including CBT, ACT,
EMDR, DBT or other therapies as noted in VA Clinical Practice
- Provide consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and
Veteran families in PACT or Mental health on topics including
community resources, Advance Directives, VA benefits, budgeting,
activities of daily living, and recovery goals.
- Act as a consultant to other team/staff members and take a lead
clinical role in case consultation.
- Fulfill ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues and VA
in accordance with NASW Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and
local ethics policies.
- Document all Veteran care in the electronic health record in
accordance with facility policy.
- Ensure compliance with standards and expectations of Joint
Commission and other relevant accrediting bodies.
- Actively participate in program planning and development,
advising the supervisor of shifting Veteran care needs and
identifying the need for SOP or policy changes.
- Provide supervision to students, interns, or unlicensed Social
Workers as requested.
- Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all behavioral
health performance measures.
- Responsible for participation and leadership in process
improvement, system redesign, and/or other applicable workgroups
and committees, to include creation of standard work documents or
strategic plan implementation.
- Take responsibility for improving professional competencies by
participating training programs and continuing education.
- Complete all mandatory VA trainings in a timely manner. Provide
training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and
community partners as a subject matter expert in specialized
- Assist in outreach events when available.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- 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. (Applicants must meet the requirements for
providing supervision in the state where they are licensed at the
advanced practice level and should list these qualifications within
the assessment narrative and their resume.)
- English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in
spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38
Grandfathering Provision: The following is the standard
grandfathering policy for all title 38 hybrid qualification
standards. Please carefully review the qualification standard to
determine the specific education and/or
licensure/certification/registration requirements that apply to
(1) All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the
effective date of this qualification standard are considered to
have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and
grade held, including positive education and licensure or
certification that are part of the basic requirements of the
occupation. For employees who do not meet all of the basic
requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications
applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it,
the following provisions apply:
(2) Such employees in an occupation that requires a licensure or
certification, may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the
full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within
the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or
placed in supervisory or managerial positions.
(3) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to
the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their
temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or
permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of
(4) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who
subsequently obtain additional education and/or
licensure/certification/registration that meet all of the basic
requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the
required credentials as a condition of employment in the
(5) If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in
38 U.S.C. 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the
employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA
qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of
reentry to the occupation.
NOTE: If social workers covered under the grandfathering
provision of the 1991 Federal law regarding licensure or
certification of VHA social workers leave the GS0185 social work
series, they lose the grandfathering protection. If they choose to
return at a later date to the GS-0185 series, they must be licensed
or certified to qualify for employment as a social worker.
GS-12 Social Worker (Senior Social Worker)
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.
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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
(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
(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.
Preferred Experience: Ability to work independently and consult
when needed. Skills in CBT, ACT, DBT, EMDR and/or Interpersonal
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120, PART II, APPENDIX G39
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019,
Employee Occupational Health Services.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
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.
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