Senior Social Worker (BHIP Treatment Facilitator)

Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Harlingen, TX - Jun 19, 2022 via USAJobs

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The Senior Social Worker serves as a member of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP).

BHIP is a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals which provides comprehensive, accessible, Veteran-centered mental health care.

The BHIP Treatment Coordinator will be a member of all BHIP teams within the clinic and is responsible for various aspects of assessing, diagnosis, treating, and coordinating the treatment of Veterans within BHIP and the Mental Health Service Line.

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.


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.

Verification of the degree can be made by going to to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work.


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.

Current state requirements may be found by going to

Physical Requirements.

See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services.

English Language Proficiency.

Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C.

§ 7403(f).

Preferred Experience: Experience providing mental health care within the VA Experience coordinating care among providers/programs/facilities Experience assessing risk and identifying appropriate treatment options Willingness to be flexible with daily schedule Ability to multi-task Experience talking with Veterans about the importance of recovery-oriented episodes of care, measurement based care, and evidence-based psychotherapy.

Grade Determination:nSenior Social Worker GS-12nExperience/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 andefined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.nLicensure/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 licensure.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:n(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 case management.n(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.n(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.n(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.n(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.


For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Senior SW are licensed/certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level.

Senior SWs typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope/complexity.

May be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness/modification of service patterns.

Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision; collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality.

Provides leadership, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff.

Serves on committees, work groups and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services.

Assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management.

Assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation.

References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration 09/20/2019.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds) reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted) cognitive, mental and emotional stability.


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