The Rehabilitation Counselor is assigned to VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VHA VR) within the Syracuse VA Medical Center and is under the clinical and administrative supervision of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Team Leader. Rehabilitation Counselors work with persons who experience functional impairments and disabilities associated with mental health, physical, and/or psychosocial challenges affecting employment, independent living, or personal adjustment. GS 9 Serves as a developmental Rehabilitation Counselor (RC) Assists Veterans in obtaining and maintaining employment Provides vocational and personal adjustment counseling, therapeutic rehabilitation interventions, and case coordination services to Veterans with a wide array of psychiatric and physical disabilities and psychosocial condition Conducts biopsychosocial assessments using medical records, pertinent disability documentation, and observation. Synthesizes information to develop case conceptualization and make clinical recommendations to facilitate treatment planning and provision. Determines clinical need for and capacity to benefit from therapeutic and rehabilitation services. Develops patient-centered treatment plans. Customizes vocational exploration activities, including informational interviews and labor market research, to identify self-determined rehabilitation needs and goals. Facilitate job placement for Veterans by teaching valuable job search skills, resume/application development, interview skills and basic computer skills. Teaches valuable job search skills, resume/application development, interview skills and basic computer skills. Coordinate job search clubs for Veterans to improve in self-directed job search activities. Utilizes clinical counseling techniques to assist Veterans with developing soft skills (e.g. personal hygiene, cooperation with coworkers, and following instructions) when employed to enhance job satisfaction and foster natural supports in the workplace. Understands the basics of military culture to assist Veterans with returning to the community, including community-based work. Serves as a consultant to an interdisciplinary treatment team or other clinical staff as it relates to the Veteran's vocational rehabilitation needs. Communicates appropriately with community health care professionals to provide useful input to other team members and employers concerning the Veteran. Complete clinical charting and participate in professional peer reviews. other duties as assigned GS 11 Utilizes evidence-informed and evidence-based modalities and professional counseling practices to aid Veterans with severe disabilities in achieving competitive employment and educational and independent living goals. Provides a variety of professional rehabilitation counseling services such as personal adjustment counseling, therapeutic rehabilitation interventions and case coordination services. Uses rehabilitation counseling theory,medical and psychiatric terminology, and symptomology and signs of suicidal and homicidal ideations to provide effective services. 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. Synthesize assessment information to identify barriers to employment and their vocational implications. Determine clinical need for and capacity to benefit from therapeutic and rehabilitation services. Selects, administers, and interprets vocational and other psychometric instruments to evaluate abilities, transferrable skills, functional capacity, labor market analyses, aptitudes, interests, values, preferences, and overall work resilience and synthesize into an interpretive data report. Develops strategies to engage Veterans who may be reluctant to actively pursue employment or risk a reduction of benefits. Helps the Veteran determine vocational goals and objectives. Assists Veterans in making contact with employers. Supports Veterans in all work-related tasks, including but not limited to: transportation, on the job training, dealing with co-workers and supervisors, ongoing and follow along supports, and compliance with specifications of appropriate clinical support(s). Provides psychoeducational and/or psychotherapeutic groups to facilitate effective job search skills, employer-desired soft skills, work and life skills fostering independence and recovery. Reports program progress to the Vocational Rehabilitation Team Leader in accordance with established procedures. Coordinates with various resources to locate vocational training programs in the community that will be suitable from the standpoint of the particular needs and problems of the Veteran. other duties as assigned. Must have clean and unrestricted drivers license Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599434800
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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.