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Clinical Social Worker — Air Force

Eligibility Requirements:       

This AFSC specialty requires a Master’s degree in Social Work from a graduate school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Applicants must have the highest level of clinical license their state offers (e.g., LCSW, LISW etc.) to practice as an independent clinical provider. Due to the variation of regulated levels of practice between states, it can be confusing to know when someone has an independent license.  It is important to verify the applicant has the correct level of license.  After efforts to verify the license level, if unsure whether an applicant has the correct level of license contact the AF Social Work consultant for assistance. 

 Be sure to have the AF Social Work consultant review all questionable CV/resume’s and transcripts prior to preparing the application. This must be routed through HQ AFRS/RSOCM.                                                                                                              

EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE:

  1. MSW, and only an MSW; no other Master’s degree is accepted.
  2. Must have a clinical social work license. (License to practice independently.)
  3. Applicants whose sole work experience is hospice, medical social work, health and human services, school social work, guidance counseling in college/high school are not strong candidates.
  4. Clinical experience, to include individual, couple, family and group therapy. 
  5. Experience in the use of the DSM V diagnostic manual.
  6. Experienced in completing Mental Health assessments, developing treatment plans, and providing treatment. Strong candidates will have experience diagnosing and treating mental health conditions to include mood disorders, substance-related disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, relational problems, and other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention.
  7. Working knowledge in the areas of mental health, domestic violence and drug/alcohol issues.
  8. Most experienced personnel can be found in Community Mental Health settings, any inpatient/outpatient psychiatric facility and in some cases, private practice, correctional facilities, and VA hospitals.

Position Description:                                                                                                                                                         

Air Force clinical social workers are a valued member of the mental health team.  Through treatment, outreach, prevention, and community programs social workers utilize their knowledge and expertise to assist Airmen and their families in meeting the unique challenges of the Air Force mission and military way of life.  Working in a multidisciplinary setting, Air Force social workers find opportunities for leadership that are unrivaled in civilian practice.  Military social workers see the direct results of their efforts in individuals, families, and the military community while contributing to both micro and macro level practice activities. Air Force social workers work with individuals, families, and groups of people of all ages. They use their knowledge and skills to conduct clinical interviews and evaluate patients; diagnose mental disorders and formulate treatment plans; recommend administrative and medical dispositions; provide individual, couple, family and group therapy; admit, treat, and discharge patients, with physician oversight to/from inpatient substance abuse treatment programs; perform risk assessments and determine degree of danger posed by the patient; screen records and personnel for security clearances and make administrative recommendations; serve as behavioral health consultant to commanders, first sergeants and medical personnel; manage Air Force mental health programs to include Family Advocacy Program (FAP), Alcohol Drug Abuse and Treatment Prevention Program (ADAPT), and Outpatient Mental Health; and serve as an element chief and/or flight commander. In addition, Air Force clinical social workers may be involved in conducting and participating in research, serve as social work training directors, teach in family practice residency programs, or fill staff officer positions. During deployments Air Force clinical social workers use their skills to prevent and treat psychological problems in order to support and enhance the Air Force mission.                                                     

Send all interview requests to the Social Work consultant who will coordinate the interview with the designated interviewer of his/her choice.  

Unique Clinical Social Work Benefits:                                                                                                 

–Opportunity to provide mental health services in a deployed environment to support the Air Force mission

-Opportunities to rehabilitate military members affected by the stress of war and other traumatic events

-Actively contribute to the psychological health of the fighting forces

 -You have equal opportunity to be appointed Department Director (Flight Commander) managing a multidisciplinary outpatient mental health service for the military community. This service includes psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and paraprofessional technicians.

-The Air Force offers a salary and benefit package (to include a retirement plan) exceeding a majority of private sectors.          

-Opportunities for educational advancement competing for military-funded Ph.D. scholarships and career broadening fellowships.

This AFSC has an AFCCVO requirement

Email [email protected] to apply