This position is located at the Coatesville VA Medical Center in the Social Work Service. The position will serve in a developmental capacity to provide the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the full range of routine and non-routine assignments found at the full-performance level. During this developmental assignment, the full performance range and level of key functions will not be fully delegated to the position. The position participates in the service, training, consultation, and other professional activities of VA health care services and functions as a fully vested member of the multidisciplinary team. In consultation with the supervisor, the position completes assignments based on peer support knowledge, skill and proven sound judgment. The position works with Veterans with very complex mental illnesses and challenging situations that require effective communication and decision-making skills. The position serves as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for effective wellness and holistic, recovery-based services that aid Veterans in daily living. The position orients new Veterans to the programs' services, hours, locations, staff, and other pertinent information necessary for the Veterans to understand how to effectively utilize the program services. The position assists Veterans to articulate personal recovery goals through the use of individual or group meetings. The position collaborates with Veterans and the treatment team to develop and implement a personal wellness and recovery plan. Assists Veterans in determining the steps needed to achieve their self-directed recovery goals and wellness. The position observes behaviors that might indicate difficulty adapting or responding to treatment and reports concerns to the treatment team in a timely manner. The position uses ongoing individual and group meetings to teach Veterans how to identify and combat negative self-talk and overcome fears by providing a forum that allows Veterans to share their experiences and other duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Full Time. Monday-Friday. 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Compressed/Flexible: Not available Telework: May be authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: #: Peer Specialist/GS-6 PD#00772-A/ GS-7 PD#00773-A/ GS-8 PD#00774-A/ GS-9 PD#00775-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.