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Clinical Social Worker


Clinical Social Worker Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

Tinker AFB is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Named one of the Best Places to Visit by Frommer's Travel and Travel + Leisure , Oklahoma City offers all of the culture, cuisine, attractions and amenities you'd expect in a modern metropolis. And with its rugged Western past, working stockyards and title as "Horse Show Capital of the World," it's rich in cowboy culture, as well. From family fun to romantic retreats to outdoor adventures you won't find anywhere else, Oklahoma City has plenty of hustle without all the hassle.

Western charm goes metropolitan in Oklahoma's capital city. Oklahoma City offers plenty of interesting things to do and boasts big-league attractions, including the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Basketball team. Guests can also explore the revitalized downtown area, starring the Bricktown Entertainment District, Paycom Center and top-notch museums, including the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Rope up some fun at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and other Oklahoma City's Adventure District destinations. Learn Oklahoma's story at the Oklahoma State Capitol and nearby Oklahoma History Center. Go kid-friendly at the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden, Science Museum Oklahoma, Frontier City Theme Park and White Water Bay. Escape to the outdoors at the Oklahoma River & Regatta Park, Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and Lake Hefner. Oklahoma City offers a thriving nightlife scene with concentrations of popular spots for music, dancing and drinks in the Bricktown Entertainment District, the Paseo Arts District, and Western Avenue area. The arts abound, and culture flourishes with options such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic orchestra, the Oklahoma City Ballet, vibrant art districts and plentiful galleries, a diverse music scene that produces national stars in multiple genres, bountiful drama productions and an acclaimed arts festival that draws nearly 1 million visitors each year.

Working for the Department of Defense comes with an abundance of benefits and perks to include competitive compensation packages, paid-time off, medical benefits, student loan repayments, and retirement package with Thrift Savings Plan to include matching employer contributions. For more information, please visit the following link:



Duty 1: Designs, develops, maintains, implements, and evaluates clinical social work service programs for the installation Mental Health Flight and MTF. Serves as the installation clinical social work subject matter expert (SME), providing consultation to installation leadership and medical professionals regarding clinical needs assessment, determining clinical intervention requirements, and developing implementation strategies. Responsible for triage, safety planning, treatment planning, and establishment of treatment goals for the installation mental health programs at large and tailored to individual clients. These initiatives mitigate identified hazards and barriers to optimal health and performance, to enhance resiliency, promote emotional and mental well-being, and mission readiness. Determines appropriate treatment modalities and interventions for mental health disorders and other emotional and behavioral conditions IAW DoD, AF, and professional social work standard of care practices. Develops and implements a formal evaluation process to monitor clinical social work intervention services, evaluating self and other professional medical staff and adjusting service delivery to maximize clinical treatment impact. Key facilitator and team coordinator for the full spectrum of clinical social work services. Designs and/or collaborates on special programs and services with local, state, and federal partners, to evaluate, enhance, and improve service delivery. Directs clinical social work practices in cases with complex problems, organizes and liaises with community services (e.g., chain of command, local law enforcement, investigative agencies, medical authorities, local medical facilities, and/or child protection services) on or off the installation on behalf of clients, and coordinates procedures for use of these community services by related staff and satellite facilities.

Duty 2: Conducts intake evaluations and psycho-diagnostic assessments. Applies professional knowledge of the principles, theories, procedures, and practices of social work to conduct intake evaluations on a routine and emergency basis in accordance with applicable USAF and DoD guidelines. Conducts comprehensive psycho-diagnostic evaluations to address complex (interrelated biopsychoscocial) diagnostic and treatment issues. Prepares written evaluation reports with clinical impressions and recommendations. Accomplishes clinical intake interviews with patients, to include family history, biopsychosocial history, developmental history, risk and protective factors, and presenting problems together with any relevant secondary information. Social assessments may include financial, adaptive, social functioning of family, social relationships and situations, and any other contributory information. Assesses individuals to explore the development of behavior patterns, mechanisms, and symptoms; determines the facts concerning patients' problems and the underlying causes to assess the needs of the individual and/or family. Uses and interprets various psychological assessment measures. Integrates findings and formulates clinical impressions to establish mental health diagnosis using guidelines such as the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Performs suicide, homicide, and violence assessments and determines degree of risk. Documents care in patients' medical records using the appropriate subjective, objective, assessment, and plan (SOAP) format. Screens records and personnel for security clearances and makes administrative recommendations. Rotates with other providers to assess acute/walk-in patients; covers on-call duties after clinic hours; and provides consultation for emergent and urgent mental health and family maltreatment cases. Works with line operational units with embedded mental health professionals to address mental health factors impacting human performance, such as suicide, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and anxiety disorders. Responsible for knowledge of, and practice according to, state and professional licensing and ethical practice guidelines. Carries professional responsibility for findings, interpretations, decisions, recommendations, reports, and services.

Duty 3: Provides evidence-based psychotherapy. Provides evidence-based psychotherapy for a wide variety of complex psychiatric/social problems. Establishes treatment plans, annotates adjustments to treatment plans as required over the course of therapy. Treatment plans identify the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. Applies multiple therapeutic techniques including individual, group, couples, family, supportive, crisis intervention, and behavioral therapies or other recognized treatment strategies based upon accepted theories, principles, and practices of clinical social work. Provides a wide range of therapeutic measures that are geared toward securing cognitive and behavioral adjustments by recognizing and resolving problems relating to the patient's attitude toward themselves, family, and others. Evaluates effectiveness of the therapeutic measures and adjusts or modifies the treatment plan accordingly. Ensures treatment documentation meets the standards of the Joint Commission (TJC), AAAHC, or other MTF-sanctioned accreditation agency for patient care. Participates as a full member of multidisciplinary treatment teams in formulating and implementing patient treatment plans. Promotes and preserves a psychotherapeutic atmosphere among the professional treatment team.

Duty 4: Provides psychological consultation, education, and training to other mental health professionals, medical staff, military commanders/senior leaders, and other DoD and civilian providers. Provides unit and command consultation, leadership development and performance enhancement, Develops, delivers, and conducts psychoeducational training on topics related to clinical social work, mental health, and other emotional and behavioral conditions both within the clinic and in operational units and provides feedback and recommendations to the flight leadership on future initiatives. Leads complex multidisciplinary case management teams (comprised of allied health partners, paraprofessional staff/provider extenders, case managers, and administrative staff). Provides clinical oversight to unlicensed professionals, such as mental health technicians. Reviews clinical documentation of unlicensed professionals, co-signs treatment notes, and oversees onboarding and training of embedded mental health professionals to enable their full operational capability. Develops and delivers training to equip embedded mental health professionals in operational units to perform a range of duties including unit circulation (field assessment of unit risks); command consultation (vectors leadership and providers to shape unit climate and engage as a critical member of the unit leadership team); in-unit counseling; building and delivering education/training programs based on the needs and commander direction; delivering team building within the units (relationship counseling for flights or branches of the unit); and resourcing/referring for both uniformed personnel and civilian personnel assigned to the unit. Provides training to mental health staff to include mental health technicians, interns, and residents in regards to conducting intake evaluations; administering and scoring selected psycho-social assessments; offering brief psychological and psycho-social interventions; and co-facilitating group therapy. Continues professional development and maintains awareness of cutting-edge modalities and techniques of behavioral health care through such activities as continuing education, attendance at conferences, participation in professional organizations, or societies, and independent study. May be tasked to participate or lead special projects such as conducting audits of patients' records, gathering utilization data, or using such data to evaluate quality of care provided.



Basic Requirements:


Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Basic Requirement for Social Worker (Clinical):

Degree: Master's degree (or higher degree) in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes conducting bio-psychosocial evaluations of behavioral health patients, providing individual or group clinical counseling, and developing behavioral health treatment plans or recommendations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Licensure: A current, active, valid, unrestricted clinical license to practice Social Work independently, offered by a U.S. State, District of Columbia, commonwealth, territory or jurisdiction.?


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .

Clinical Social Worker

Oklahoma City, OK
Full Time

Published on 06/02/2023

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