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Social Worker Emergency Department

Department of Veterans Affairs

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted March 14, 2021.

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThe Senior Social Worker has subject matter expertise in treating patients and their support systems within the emergency department. Veterans presenting to the ED can have serious and severe crises, may not be able to provide own history of problems, lack insight, lack healthcare literacy, and may have severe deficits in coping skills as well as social skills. Social Worker provides specific clinical interventions that require a wide range of complex social work practice skills.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities* The incumbent in this position will require a high degree of clinical knowledge and experience dealing with highly complex health and mental health problems, adjustment to illness and loss, elder abuse, self-neglect, dual diagnosis, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and other presenting issues.* Coordinate care and services with outside hospitals and care centers.* Performs specialized interventions in the treatment of veterans with complex medical issues requiring acute health services.* Incorporates case management, psychosocial assessments and psychiatric diagnoses within approved scope of practice.* Develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran;/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team.* Possesses the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measures outcome to interventions.* Provides crises intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members and interdisciplinary team.* Provides direct patient care as well as serves as a liaison between patient/family, ED staff and programs/services which patient is connected to (MHICM, TBI, PACT, WHC, TCM, SCI, PCCT).* Provide the veterans and their caregivers with supportive counseling and single session interventions.* Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan.* Screenings patients for advance directives, provides education and assists with completion of documents or changes to documents.* Assists with identifying surrogate decision makers as needed.* Facilitates goals of care conversations as needed.Work Schedule: 7 am to 3:30pmFinancial Discloser Report: Not requiredTravel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion PotentialNone* Job family (Series)0185 Social WorkSimilar jobs* Family Social Workers* Healthcare Social Workers* Psychiatric Social Workers* School Social Workers* Social Workers* Social Workers, All Other* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.* Designated and/or random drug testing required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process* Must pass pre-employment physical examinationQualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.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.* English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f).* 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. 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 GS11 grade level.* 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. Senior Social Worker must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included and advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure.In addition to the basic requirements above, the following is required to be appointed at the GS-12 grade level:Specialized Experience: 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. Experience would include: experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment; expert in a specialized area of practice; have certification or other post masters training a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSA’s.* Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities including specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations presenting to the emergency department. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advance level psychosocial ,crises management 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.References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G 39Physical Requirements: Much of the work occurs within a typical office setting, either individually or in meeting with others, or in meeting rooms. Requires time to be spent walking. The incumbent may be exposed to infectious diseases and medical/psychiatric emergencies.EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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