Job Title: Social Worker - Dementia Care CoordinationJob Announcement Number: FZ-13-841477-CS
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 to
Monday, March 11, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OH United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 841477
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.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, OH has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.
- You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- Occupational physical may be required.
- English language proficiency.
DUTIES:Back to top
There is an immediate opening for a Social Worker assigned to the Dementia Care Coordination Team within the Geriatrics Section of Medical Service at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. The hours of the position are 8:00a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Participating in direct caregiver and veteran contacts to identify and assess caregiver stress/burden and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions.
- Performing as a consult liaison, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams throughout the Medical Center on dementia related patient care.
- Providing education and in-service training to VAMC employees, veterans families and caregivers.
- Facilitating caregiver support groups and educational programs.
- Conducting caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues.
- Providing referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs.
- Serving as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes caregivers, veterans and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies.
- Maintaining a knowledge base of current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending continuing education, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials distributed through VA and private sector sources.
- Assisting in developing a library of caregiver support information material for distribution through the various inpatient/outpatient and specialty clinic settings.
- Participating in caregiver support activities in the local community and state to promote and recognize the role of the caregiver.
- Developing and fostering relationships with community partners to assist with system navigation, maintaining collaboration and coordinating services.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
- Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Education: Must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Note: A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
- Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
- GS-9 Level: GS-9 is the entry level grade for the social work series and is used for social workers with less than one year of post-MSW experience and for social workers who are not yet licensed or certified at the independent practice level. Social workers at the GS-9 level are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure or certification.
- GS-11 Level: Requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level.
- Education substitute: 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.
When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications. Please be sure your resume and supporting documentation clearly reflect your expertise related to the following competencies:
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
- 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 patients problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
- 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. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
- 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. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
- Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
- Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.