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Social Worker, Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
US Citizens and Status Candidates Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1277546
OUR MISSION : To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
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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.
If you are not an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement LW-14-BLL-1178574-MHC.
Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under LW-14-BLL-1178574.
Must pass pre-employment examination Must be proficient in written and spoken English Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required Background and-or Security Investigation required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
The incumbent Social Worker (MSW) is assigned to the residential Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program within Mental Health Services and will be responsible for the management, coordination and development of social work services to veterans and their families assigned to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Program as well as in areas that include, but are not limited to the psychiatric outpatient clinics.
Incumbent provides therapy/counseling (individual, couples, families, and groups) to veterans for issues related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other complex and diverse psychosocial problems. MSW maintains a designated clinical caseload.
Duties include the following independently performed tasks: interviewing veterans; completing psychosocial assessments; developing comprehensive treatment plans; establishing and maintaining therapeutic alliances; developing and providing clinically efficacious therapeutic interventions; analyzing complex psychological problems; identifying specific veteran needs; coordinating with external consultants and ancillary mental health professionals to insure appropriate and necessary treatment is provided/offered to veterans; developing and providing psycho-educational groups; educating and training other professionals and students in effective PTSD treatment; regularly attending and actively participating in required PCT, medical center, and mental health meetings; and making sound professional judgments regarding clinical impressions, treatment approaches, and treatment planning.Typical problems that may be encountered include: PTSD, depression, anxiety, impulse control issues, suicidal/homicidal ideation, and clinical and sub-clinical problems affecting vocational and social adjustment.Incumbent maintains accurate, timely, and complete clinical records in accordance with PCT guidelines, professional practice, and VA administration guidelines.He/she establishes and maintains effective relationships with various Veteran agencies and develops personalized services for veterans.Incumbent exercises mature professional judgment and flexible use of a wide range of clinical skills, while actively participating in program planning and the identification of program needs.Efficiently completes clinical data with accompanying research forms and computer processed in accordance with NEPEC guidelines.
Basic Requirements:
U.S. Citizenship
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 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.
Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-185 social work series and may result in termination of employment.
Physical Requirements. Per VA Directive and Handbook 5019, a pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates for appointments in the VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. All of the above reports must be completed within 90 days of appointment.
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:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of post-MSW degree professional social work experience in the field of health care. This experience must have been in a clinical setting and must have demonstrated the potential to perform advanced assignments independently. (A clinical setting is a medical center, clinic - medical or psychiatric, residential treatment center, or any other type of facility where social work participates in a collaborative treatment and is identified with the medical profession.) Experience must have been obtained AFTER earning a Master's Degree in Social Work.
SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL: To meet the required specialized experience for the GS-11 level, applicant may substitute a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work. You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this 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: /. 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.
Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities. The incumbent observes normal safety precautions while working primarily in an office type environment The environment also includes home visits, visits to community agencies, visits to care giving facilities n the community etc., depending on the incumbent's specific assignment Most of the time the incumbent operates in an environment that is well lighted, clean, and does not pose a hazard to personal safety. There is ongoing expossure to individuals having psychiatric and physical illness and disabilities. These include acute infections, violent or aggressive behavior, and chronic psychiatric and medical problems.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 19, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
OF-306
Other (Application Form 10-2850c)
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
DD-214
Other Veterans Document
Resume
SF-15
SF-50
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required) .
Please use this checklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1277546.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
Receiving Service Credit for 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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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