This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: 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. 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. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-12 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 licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 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. Preferred Experience: -Specialized knowledge and experience in perinatal mental health, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of peripartum and postpartum mood disorders preferred. 2+ years full-time work experience with perinatal populations preferred. -Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) and/or active membership in the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) preferred. -Solid clinical assessment and therapeutic skills. Internal and external customer-service oriented. Strong note-writing skills, especially related to thorough and accurate documentation of biopsychosocial assessments. -Detailed and organized in relation to setting up and implementing tracking and monitoring systems. Ability to organize, prioritize, and multi-task efficiently and work as a part interdisciplinary team. -Comfort and skill in utilizing technology in everyday work, including independently navigating virtual individual and group visits, and utilizing software and programs related to systems of care, tracking, and program evaluation. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration, dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 Employee Occupational Health Service. ["The Women Veterans Program Perinatal Social Worker is a professional social worker assigned to the VA NCHCS Women Veterans Program (WVP) under the Chief of Staff. The position is located at the Stockton Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) and functions a member of the multidisciplinary Women Veterans Program including the Maternity Care Nurse Coordinator and Postpartum/Lactation Nurse Coordinator as well as the larger Women Veterans Program team. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provide outpatient and virtual social work services as families adjust to medical challenges, make decisions, manage the transition to parenthood, mourn idealized pregnancies, manage peri-and post- partum mood disorders, face intrinsic and extrinsic stressors, and cope with perinatal loss. The perinatal period can be complicated by such factors as medically high-risk pregnancies, fetal diagnoses, premature/sick newborns, substance use by the pregnant woman and/or her family, familial conflict, legal concerns, parents who have cognitive, behavioral and/or mental health needs, ambivalence about the pregnancy, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health. Even healthy pregnancies with optimal psychosocial conditions can be affected by anxiety and uncertainty as individuals make the transition to parenthood, or to life with additional children. Complete comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments at defined times during the perinatal period, providing short-term, crisis, and bridge therapeutic intervention services, identifying and monitoring those at high risk for perinatal mood disorders, providing referrals and warm handoffs to mental health teams for evidence-based psychotherapy and medication intervention, and facilitating group interventions during the perinatal period for women Veterans across VA NCHCS. Create and implement a perinatal mental health monitoring program to identify those in need of additional mental health support during the perinatal period and provide referrals for appropriate outpatient psychotherapy and/or psychiatric treatment. The incumbent will intervene with women Veterans experiencing mild to severe perinatal mental health problems, those with pre-existing mental health diagnoses, and those in need of intervention(s) related to social determinants of health, to reduce perinatal risk, and maintain stability in this vulnerable period for women's mental health. They will undertake assessments and interventions with a trauma-informed emphasis on supporting the woman Veteran in adjusting to transitions and new roles, building coping skills for psychosocial stressors, and emphasizing the adjustments within a new parent-infant relationship while building and strengthening attachment. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Telework: Telework if approved, would normally be 3 days or more per pay period, but this is not a remote position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:02841F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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