This social worker is assigned to Berks and Schuylkill VA Community Clinics (VACC) and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) clinics with responsibility to provide direct services for veterans and their families. The PACT is a comprehensive team which delivers primary care to Veteran patients in a longitudinal rather than episodic fashion and which has as its focus: prevention; health promotion, coordination and chronic disease management. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: 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). 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. 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. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 3c. OR Education. 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:(a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.(b) 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.(c) 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.(d) 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.(e) 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU This position is responsible for assessment, planning, and provision of case management services in the VACC and PACT clinics. This professional Social Worker coordinates a variety of activities including outreach, interdisciplinary activities, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, consultation/education to Medical Center staff and community based service providers, the collection and maintenance of statistical data, program planning evaluation and modification, and the supervision of students as assigned. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team in the VACC and PACT clinics, the individual conducts work activity independently using his/her educational training, clinical experience, VA policies, and JC standards in administering direct services: psychosocial assessment of patient/family needs in relation to the provision of interdisciplinary treatment planning and service delivery; individual, group, and family counseling and casework services for the purpose of addressing identified needs. The Social Worker may conduct training for staff, students and community providers regarding Primary Care issues, will provide education, information and liaison with resources for veterans in the community, and will provide technical assistance and educational sessions to community organizations as needed. This worker is responsible for the implementation of written treatment program policies and procedures developed by Social Work Service that are based on coherent empirical and theoretical rationale and are consistent with patient rights, and the maintenance of comprehensive written patient progress notes, outcomes and discharge planning services in collaboration with the unit treatment team. The incumbent is responsible for completing the following duties/responsibilities:\na. Conducts psychosocial assessments to determine needs of veterans and family members.\nb. Is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines.\nc. Participates in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate.\nd. Provides individual, family and group counseling as appropriate.\ne. Provides consultation/education to veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. f. Acts as a consultant to other team/staff members. g. Provides consultation/education to medical residents on social work practice and VA policy and procedure.\nh. Acts as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed.\ni. Provides case management to veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. j. Provides a full range of social work services within commonly accepted standards of social work practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. k. Addresses Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. l. Provides wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate.\nm. As appropriate, supervises the practice of social work students, or a less experienced social worker. n. Coordinates treatment and communicates with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for veterans.\no. Participates in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager.\np. Maintains data and statistical compilations to comply with JCAHO, VA and medical center policy and procedures.\nq. Assists patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. r. Documents social work interventions and activities in patient's clinical record utilizing CPRS and ensure appropriate hand off when transferring of patient care. s. Participates in a rotation of on-call social workers, including modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care needs on weekends. t. All Lebanon VA Social Workers may be required to drive patients in a government vehicle and as such will be required to meet driver physical requirements as detailed in Medical Center Memorandum 138-18. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm\nCompressed/Flexible: May be available\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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