Incumbent is a professional social worker assigned to support
the Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing
program. The incumbent provides case management and care
coordination to facilitate appropriate delivery of health care
services, incorporates complex multiple causation in differential
diagnosis and treatment of Veterans, including making psychosocial
and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or
scope of practice.
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Works with Veterans and their families experiencing a wide range
of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, and
Referrals typically originate from professional staff, from
Veterans and/or their families seeking assistance, and from
Determines psychosocial factors impacting the problem, and
determine obstacles to treatment and/or follow through with
Social work case management coordination with members of the
Acts as a liaison with community professionals regarding needed
services for Veterans and/or their families.
Implements treatment modalities, identify level of functioning,
degree of impairment in occupational, social, academic,
interpersonal and family.
Evaluate and assess lethality, perform Mental Status Exams
(MSE), identify psychiatric manifestations of various medical
Possess knowledge of the criteria and state laws for legal
commitment and involuntary hospitalizations, ability to assess and
intervene with patients of suspected abuse and provide counseling
or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups.
Work Schedule: Multiple work schedules available.
Telework: Typically not offered for this position
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
0185 Social Work
- Community Mental Health Social Workers
- Family Social Workers
- Mental Health Social Workers
- Psychiatric Social Workers
- School Social Workers
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- 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
- Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social
work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
- Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently
practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state
requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/
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).
Licensure Requirement Exceptions:
VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for
persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state
prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This
exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level.
For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who
are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must
become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level
within three years of their appointment as a social worker.
Note: Most states require two years of post-MSW experience as a
prerequisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA
gives social workers one additional year to pass the
licensure/certification exam. In states such as California,
Washington, and others where the prerequisites for licensure exceed
two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent,
master's level within one year of meeting the full state
prerequisites for licensure. A social worker who does not yet have
a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a
licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a
VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health
Social Workers may be 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.
All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective
date of this qualification standard (September 10, 2019) are
considered to have met all qualification requirements for the
title, series and grade held, including positive education and
licensure or certification that are part of the basic requirements
of the occupation.
GS-9 Entry level: Individuals assigned as GS-9 grade level
social workers are considered to be at the entry level and are
closely supervised, as they are not yet functioning at the
independent practice level conferred by independent licensure or
certification. To qualify at the GS-9, applicants must only meet
the basic requirements in addition, must demonstrate all of the
following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
GS-9 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
(a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from
various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other
diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills.
(b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of
Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a
treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths,
weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed.
(c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with
individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This
requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem
solving, or crisis intervention techniques.
(d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and
representatives of community agencies.
(e) Fundamental knowledge 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
GS-11 level: This is the full performance level. Social workers
at this level are licensed or certified to independently practice
social work. 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. In addition, candidates must demonstrate all of the below
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
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. In addition candidates must hold a licensure or
certification in a state at the independent practice level and
demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
GS-11 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (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
(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
(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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-9 to GS-11.
Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center
and the community is required, as is performing activities
involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such
items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities
it may be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community
where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families,
representatives of community health and welfare agencies and law
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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