The position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in the Mental Health - Domiciliary Residential & Rehabilitation Program. Incumbent works with Veterans that have multiple disorders, both medical and psychiatric. The emphasis is on substance abuse, it is essential that the incumbent works with the underlying problems that contribute to each patient's multiple problems. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/24/2023. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Direct psychosocial services are provided in the form of crisis intervention, individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. Psychosocial services may be directed toward a specific limited objective, such as assisting the veteran with specific change in their normal lifestyle, or may be the overall treatment of choice to affect an improvement in the veteran's level of functioning, employment status, family situation, etc. The social service technician, based on an assessment of the veteran's psychosocial situation, determines the appropriate psychosocial approaches and techniques for specific cases. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communication Planning and Evaluating Therapy and Counseling Writing Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day-to-day activities. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Responsible for completing bio-psychosocial assessments for admission screening, discharge planning, evaluation for ongoing psychosocial services, evaluation of progress of treatment and the evaluation of the veteran's adjustment in their immediate environment, including assessment of need for environmental changes. Makes referrals, as appropriate, to VA community-based clinics for further care, as needed. Coordinates to ensure that discharge and transitional planning occurs with each patient in a timely manner. Applies clinical judgment to maximize the adjustment and stabilization of the veteran in addition to assisting care provider. Documents the appropriate and relevant interventions in the medical record. Assist the DOMICILIARY RESIDENTIAL & REHABILITATION PROGRAM (DRRTP) 12-step programs (AA/NA/CA) including scheduling of the meetings, patient's attendance, recording attendance, follow-up counseling, medical treatment file documentation and treatment notification of attendance. Knowledgeable of 12 step procedures, policies and objectives and will ensure the DOMICILIARY RESIDENTIAL & REHABILITATION PROGRAM (DRRTP) 12 step meetings are in accordance with policies established by the various 12 step programs. Provides written reports are required describing treatment outcomes, giving background information, making recommendations, etc. Provides written communication is sent to a wide variety of VA programs as well as non-VA social, health, judicial, correctional, and financial agencies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Not Suitable Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Readjust Counsel Tech/PD13779A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.