This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major functions listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-9 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification. The Rehabilitation Counselor (RC) is located within the Mental Health Service Line at the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center. The RC will be assigned to a specialty area, which may include Supported Employment, Transitional Work, or Community Based Employment Service Programs. Major Functions: Provide personal adjustment counseling, therapeutic rehabilitation interventions, and case coordination services, utilizing evidence-informed and evidence-based modalities to aid Veterans with severe disabilities in achieving competitive employment and educational and independent living goals. Conduct biopsychosocial assessments using medical records, pertinent disability documentation, observation and interviews with Veterans and their support systems to generate personal, vocational, and educational histories. Customize vocational exploration activities for identification of self-determined rehabilitation needs and goals. Consult with interdisciplinary teams (IDT) to enhance coordination of care, ensure medical clearance, and provide for optimal timing of further interventions. Determine clinical need for and capacity to benefit from therapeutic and rehabilitation services. Develop patient-centered treatment plans. Procure and manage transitional work agreements from community, state, and federal agencies. Provide psychoeducational groups to teach effective job search skills, employer-desired soft skills and life skills fostering independence. Facilitate job placement for Veterans by teaching valuable job search skills, resume/application development, interview skills and basic computer skills. Complete clinical charting and participate in professional peer reviews. Complete interpretive data reports. Supports the administrative and professional objectives of the Mental Health service. Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation Expenses: Not authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Telework: May be available (This is not a virtual position.)
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.