Psychiatric/Social Worker: Part-time

Washington, DC 20520

Post Date: 04/10/2018 Job ID: 71374 Industry: Allied / Clinical

Loyal Source Government Services is looking for a qualified Psychiatric/Social Worker to work part time with the Department of State' s bureau of Medical Services in Washington DC as a civilian promoting and restoring patients’ health.  The Department of State' s bureau of Medical Services manages a worldwide health care network providing medical services for federal employees and their families serving domestically and abroad within the State Department and other Foreign Affairs Agencies.   MED is comprised of a central office located in Washington DC (MED/WASH) and Health Units (Hus) located at over 200 U.S. diplomatic missions in 170 countries.

Our employees are our greatest asset! Benefits to working with Loyal Source include but are not limited to:
  • Competitive Wages
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Health and welfare benefits

For more information please contact Justin LaMacchia at 407-591-3113 or at

The service requirements are as follows:
  • Educational clearance reviews with case management for children with special needs
  • Mental Health clearance reviews with case management for children
  • Coordination of psychoeducational evaluations of Foreign Service dependent children  
  • Support services for children and their families on medical travel
  • Providing education to clients on policies and regulations
  • Performs expert case examination to ascertain eligibility for the Special Needs Educational Allowance (SNEA) which provides funding and oversight of educational services utilized by dependent children with special educational needs outside of the United States. This includes tracking and ongoing intensive oversight of DOS dependents in Therapeutic Boarding Schools, maintaining necessary documentation and communication with parents, schools and DOS providers world wide.
  • Conducts intensive case reviews for rendering recommendations about Foreign Service personnel (specifically dependent children) to assist with treatment and medical clearance decisions.
  • Supports employees and family members evacuated for psychiatric illness, monitors care and treatment and works in a team based approach to medical clearance determination for children and other family members
  • Liaises with other departments and agencies to provide information and education about MHS programs for children and families via public speaking, video conferencing and review of written materials that may be distributed to employees and families.


The Psychiatric/Social Worker shall possess the following minimum education and certification:

  • A professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and techniques of clinical social work, including family systems therapy, crisis intervention, and cognitive behavioral interventions. Incumbent is required to have a doctoral degree from an accredited school of social work and at least five years of post graduate experience in a clinical psychiatric setting.
  • Must possess qualifications for self regulated practice in the form of membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) or be credentialed as a Board Certified Diplomat (BCD) by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work and possess licensing at an independent practice level (LICSW) in any State.


The Psychiatric/Social Worker shall possess the following minimum knowledge,  skills and experience:

  • Knowledge and skill in providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Skill in counseling parents, children and adolescents.
  • Knowledge of medical problems and skill in working with patients who are medically or mentally ill.
  • Knowledge of developmental delays in children, including learning disabilities.
  • Knowledge of resource network for the evaluation of children with special needs and facility in working with schools in the U.S. and overseas which have special education services.
  • Familiarity with DSM V and ICD diagnostic categories and ability to triage psychiatric emergencies.
  • Acquaintance with the Foreign Service lifestyle and familiarity with the Foreign Service Act of 1980.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to the Medical Program of the Department (3.FAM 680) and the Family Advocacy Program, and knowledge of the child abuse reporting requirements in the Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1990. Knowledge of the Department of State' s policies regarding sexual harassment, ADDS and the Drug Free " Workplace. Knowledge of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (PL 94 142) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA, PL 101 476). Knowledge of the 1993 amendments to the Hatch Act (PL 103 94) involving garnishment of federal pay. Knowledge of the Educational Allowance regulations (DSSR270). Knowledge of the Privacy Act (PL 93 579) and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, PL104 191).
  • Knowledge of mental health, medical and social services available in the metropolitan community, elsewhere in the U.S., and overseas. Knowledge of Federal Employee Health Benefit Programs in order to make appropriate, cost effective referrals.
  • Skill in oral and written communications. Ability to write neuropsychiatric notes, memoranda, cables, correspondence, and occasional articles for State Magazine and the Foreign Service Journal. Knowledge of guidelines and professional ethics standards related to medical documentation.
  • Ability to apply systems theory and work tactfully and cooperatively at all levels in order to provide effective consultation to supervisors, managers and employees.
  • Extensive background in performing educational and behavioral evaluations of children, adolescents, teens and adults.
  • Strong ability to manage emergency situations and seek assistance as appropriate.
  • High level management skills to plan, develop, analyze and coordinate activities.
  • Thorough understanding of the Department and the rigors of Foreign Service life.
  • Ability to work and communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing, using tact and finesse.
  • Ability to meet and deal with all levels of personnel both in and outside of DOS.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize.
  • Knowledge of the techniques, principles, and practices of public speaking.


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