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highly qualified candidates.
The full time permanent GS-12 Senior Social Worker serves in the
Menlo Park, California Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in
the Social Work Service Line of the VA Palo Alto Health Care
The Senior Social worker serves at the the Western Blind
Rehabilitation Center. The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center
(WBRC) was established in 1967 at the VA Palo Alto Health Care
System. WBRC is a 27-bed residential facility located at the Menlo
Park Division of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Approximately
200 men and women of all ages participate in the program each year.
More than three quarters have usable vision for which specialized
treatment is provided. Adjusting to and managing visual impairment
is the major objective of the program.
Major duties include, but are not limited to:
Provides comprehensive professional social work services to
Veterans, military service members, and their families who are
patients of the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) at the
VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Develops and manages psychosocially oriented clinical initiative
programs for the center and innovations in practice interventions.
The incumbent also has responsibility for the development of and
day-to-day clinical and administrative management of the
interdisciplinary Psychosocial Rounds, Sight Loss Discussion Groups
as well as the Family Training Program which includes oversight of
programs developed as special clinical initiatives.
Provides consultation to social workers and other medical staff
across the VA Palo Alto sites.
Provides independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case
management services in a specialized area of Blind Rehabilitation
to Veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack
any familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may
frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or may
have major deficits in coping skills and require continuing
professional psychological support.
Provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy and
advanced level case management interventions used in the treatment
of veterans with disorders associated with vision loss.
The incumbent will also provide social work case management
coverage for the inpatient Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC)
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 Am to 4:30PM
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Telework, if approved, would be on a regularly occurring basis,
but this is not a virtual or remote position.
This position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be
referred every three weeks starting 4/30/2021.
0185 Social Work
- Family Social Workers
- School Social Workers
- Social Workers
- Social Workers, All Other
- Social Workers, Family
Social Workers, School
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- 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.
- 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.
Senior Social Worker, GS-12
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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the
(a) 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
(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in
differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical
privileges or scope of practice.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) 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 Part II Appendix G39
Physical Requirements: Physical Demands of the work are
generally minor and the work is primarily sedentary.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your
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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