Social Worker ACT for Pain Follow Up Coordinator

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1286917
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.
As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go /
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.
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 ACT for Pain (ACT) Social Worker is a Social Worker whose primary responsibilities are to administer the ACT for Pain Program, and specifically to coordinate follow up activities for veterans who complete the ACT for Pain program.
The Social Worker in this position requires completion of one year post MSW degree experience in and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. The Social Worker must have skill in diplomacy, patient advocacy, and negotiation in spanning boundaries of primary care and mental health services. The position requires knowledge of both psychotherapeutic and medical interventions for pain. In addition, the incumbent should have a sound technology background working with computerized records and video equipment. Expert skills are not needed, but the incumbent will need a strong comfort level with modern technology, especially when applied to telemental health.
The Incumbent has broad program administration responsibilities. Daily telephone contact with all program personnel will be required. The coordinator will collaborate with the ACT Psychologist and support personnel in creating lean processes for patient flow from assessment, through treatment and follow-up in primary care. Duries include but are not limited to:
1) Meets with primary care, pain clinic, mental health, or other staff weekly or more often to coordinate smooth access to ACT for Pain program.
2) Serves as a program therapist.
3) Ensures that all program evaluation data are collected and entered into the appropriate data base.
4) The incumbent is one of the staff trainers, and will train CBOC and other staff in the ACT for Pain protocol, and mental health for chronic pain in general.
5) Serves as a consultant on the complex processes Veterans encounter when interacting with government and community agencies.
6) Maintains working relationships with a network of referral resources.
7) Assists Veterans in maintaining appointments at VA medical centers and other community agencies for medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, vocational and other services consistent with Veteran's goals associated with healthful independent living.
8) Participates in development of a treatment plan for each Veteran contacted through the ACT for Pain process. The treatment plan includes individualized goals and measurable objectives based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information. The Incumbent is responsible for the assessment, identification, facilitation, referral and linkage to appropriate medical and psychiatric services for Veterans identified as eligible for pain services.
9) Conducts individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate pain management.
10) Participates in the assignment of Veterans to VA and non-VA treatment teams and programs, including by consulting with relevant program clinical staff in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities. The Incumbent facilitates community organization and outreach to alleviate problems that may interfere with Veterans' ability to maintain independence.
11) Assists the Veteran in services stabilization by consulting and intervening when problems arise with service providers and assists in priority management/pace of services/integration of Veteran in program with Veteran and program staff by participating in treatment team meetings. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#: (M-80)
BASIC REQUIREMENTS.
Citizenship : Be a citizen of the United States.
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).
Licensure : Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Or may request a waiver fir three years if otherwise meets all requirements for licensure.
English Language Proficiency: Proficient in spoken and written English.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS
Creditable Experience
Knowledge of Current Professional Social Work Practices : To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree.
Quality of Experience : Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.
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.
Grade Determinations
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-11 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure: Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
OR,
In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
2. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds.
4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
5. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
6. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification.
7. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
8. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
9. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005 appendix G39, VA Social WorkerQualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
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 work is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. There are no special demands required to perform this work.
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 review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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 Tuesday, January 20, 2015 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. 1. CV or Resume (required).
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at ) (required).
3. OF Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (required).
4. Occupational Questionnaire (required).
5. Transcripts (required).
6. Copy of Licensure.
7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at ).
8. If currently employed in the federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (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 checklistor 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 1286917.
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 .
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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