Senior Social Worker (Substance Use Disorder) @ US Department of Veterans Affairs - Los Angeles, CA

Senior Social Worker (Substance Use Disorder)

    Duties


    Summary


    The Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker in the Social Work Service (SWS), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program in Los Angeles, CA. The Senior Social Worker provides individual, group, and family therapies as well as a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy. S/he provides services to patients with highly complex medical or mental health problems and is assigned to administrative responsibilities for clinical program development.


    Responsibilities


    The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Serving Veterans with substance abuse and dependency issues.

    • Assisting and supporting Veterans in maintaining through a variety of interventions, supportive services, and resources and throughout the continuum of care.

    • Interviewing Veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the Veteran's situation; presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.

    • Interpreting and explaining VA's treatment and benefit programs.

    • Reviewing all data, subjective and objective and making clinical assessment identifying needs and strengths.

    • Providing direct psychosocial services in the form of crisis intervention, individual and family psychotherapy, group therapy, an a variety of evidence-based treatments (face-to-face or via telehealth and Veteran Video Connect).

    • Developing treatment plans and making appropriate interventions and referrals based upon the specific needs of Veterans with substance/gambling abuse/dependency related concerns, while taking into consideration any psychosocial issues, developmental tasks, cultural norms and boundaries, and patient needs related to age, diagnosis, and disability.

    • Assisting Veterans and family in carrying out specific treatment goals such as pursuing a drug/addiction free living arrangement, pursing financial benefits, and vocational rehabilitation assistance.

    • Organizing/linking to community services and resources on behalf of beneficiaries, developing and coordinating procedures for use of these services by related staff.

    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required


    Not required
    Supervisory status
    No
    Promotion Potential
    None
  • Job family (Series)


    0185 Social Work

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  • Requirements

    Requirements


    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 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

    Qualifications


    Basic Requirements
    • Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

    • Licensure. 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. [A copy of current licensure must be submitted with application]

    • Education. Master's degree in social work (MSW) 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 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 master's degree in social work. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcript(s) are acceptable].

    • English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f).

    Preferred Experience: Experience working with mental Health and/or Veteran with substance use disorder or other addictions.



    Grade Determinations:




    GS-12 Experience/Education: In addition to the basic requirements, applicants 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.



    In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
    • 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.

    • Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Assignments. Senior social workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior social workers typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The senior social worker collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. The senior social worker provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. They serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level, or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. This assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management.



    References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration.



    Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it will be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the veterans, their families, representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies.

    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.



    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.



    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.



    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.



    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.



    How You Will Be Evaluated


    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.



    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Background checks and security clearance


    Security clearance

    Other
    Drug test required

    No
    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • License
    • Resume
    • Transcript




    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.



    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.



    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • OF-306
    • VAF 10-2850C
    • PCS Orders
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript




    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
  • Benefits

    Benefits


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