The incumbent of this Senior Social Worker position will provide
mental health services to Veterans with Substance Use Disorders
within the Mental Health Service located at the VA Medical Center
in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Incumbent independently performs the
full range of professional social work services for a caseload
consisting of predominantly highly complex cases. The incumbent
requires specialized knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses,
intervention, and treatment.
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If you are NOT a current, permanent employee of the VA or
another Federal Agency, then you should apply to announcement:
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Provides specialized evidence-based treatment to Veterans
enrolled in the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) service.
- Conducts a full range of biopsychosocial evaluation, mental
status exams, basic psychological test administration,
evidence-based individual, group & systems assessment, treatment
planning, and psychotherapy.
- Provides high quality case management, advocacy, and
coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA and community
providers and/or agencies needed by the Veteran.
- Collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to provide needed
services and ensures Veterans timely access to mental health and
- Works predominantly with patient population which has highly
complex social, medical, and mental health problems.
- Demonstrates skill in working with patients with co-occurring
disorders including depression and bipolar disorder patients with
characterological problems, patients with substance use disorders
including dual-diagnosed patients, patients with legal issues
(criminal, civil, traffic), and patients who are chronically
- Demonstrates an ability to expand clinical knowledge in the
profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role
model effective social work practice, teach or provide orientation
to less experienced Social Workers.
- Develops innovations in practice interventions, and provides
clinical supervision for social work licensure or
- Represents the social work profession and perspective on an
interdisciplinary team that may include other social workers,
nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other disciplines.
- Participates in program development within assigned program
including community outreach.
- Participates in tracking the care of Veterans as they move
through the treatment process, actively measures treatment outcomes
using testing and other measures, and utilizes outcome evaluations
to further treatment and design system changes based on empirical
- Responsible for participating in clinical program development
and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and
modification of service patterns.
- Works in conjunction with the other disciplines to partner in
the care of Veterans with complex biopsychosocial needs.
- Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides safety
planning, crisis intervention, coordinates staffing with other team
members and/or family conferences when clinically indicated.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-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.
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 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.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering
Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this
occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in
this occupation and meet the criteria).
Preferred Experience: Experience working with patients with
substance use disorders.
Grade Determinations, GS-12:
(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition
to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the
following KSAs:(KSAs must be clearly demonstrated in resume under
description of duties in order to be found qualified for this
(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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social
Worker Qualification Standard.
This vacancy is announced at the GS-12 level, above the Full
Performance Level. The actual grade at which an applicant may be
selected for this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: The work is usually sedentary, but
requires periods of walking, standing, bending, or climbing and
employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, lap tops
and other similar materials.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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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