Rehabilitation Counselors in the Veterans Health Administration
(VHA) 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.
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Addresses the complexities of psychosocial rehabilitation
factors and timely and high-quality outcomes consistent with
statutes, regulations, and policies. Resolves issues associated
with specific projects involving best practices and provides
leadership and direction on project implementation.
Coordinates workforce development (vocational, education, and
placement of Veterans) services and/or customer service to
successfully operate a rehabilitation program. Uses sound judgment
and decision-making while initiating and leading interdisciplinary
groups of staff to improve customer service while delivering
Veteran-focused and outcome-oriented care.
Provides input and guidance on program evaluations, strategic
plans, and policy considerations to the supervisor as appropriate
for all interested VA entities and accrediting bodies.
Monitors progress towards accomplishment of program goals and
examines the benefits of process improvements. Provides
consultation, coordination, oversight, support, and feedback to
staff of their designated program area and student interns on work
assignments, time and caseload management, and employment outcomes.
Uses effective counseling skills to promote self-awareness,
adjustment to disability, enhanced job retention and successful
integration to the community and independent living.
Maintains an awareness and state-of-the-art knowledge of
applicable accreditation bodies and standards to ensure long-term
compliance. Prepares data and maintains records of work
accomplishments and administration information, as required, and
coordinates the preparation, presentation, and communication of
work-related information to the supervisor.
CWT TW Coordinators: Coordinates the placement of Veterans,
ensures CWT TW payroll and bills of collection are timely, monitors
CWT Account balances and deposits, and ensures all expenditures
utilize approved budgeting procedures, including internal controls
and separation of duties. Markets and develops therapeutic work
opportunities, provides customer service, and annual TW worksite
supervisor training to successfully operate a rehabilitation
employment program. Prepares Memorandums of Agreement for the Voc
Rehab Supervisor's approval and signature along with other
necessary financial documentation to facilitate TW placement
CWT SE Coordinators: Coordinates vocational rehabilitation
services related to job coaching, job accommodation, and adaptation
services to both veterans with significant vocational support needs
and to those employers who employ these veterans. Evaluates
consults to identify the most appropriate provider and ensures
timely access to services for Veterans. Facilitates team meetings
for the IPS providers identifying evidence based and evidence
informed strategies and sharing job leads.
Provide a variety of rehabilitation services using counseling
practices and evidence based and informed modalities to aid
Veterans with severe disabilities in achieving competitive
employment, educational, and independent living goals. These
rehabilitation services involve personal adjustment counseling,
therapeutic rehabilitation interventions and case coordination
services, and professional counseling practices.
Provides clinical expertise through the timely application of
therapeutic interventions, case coordination, crisis intervention,
interdisciplinary team consultation, rehabilitation plan
development, and ongoing assessment and job development
Supports informed decision making while using professional
judgment and counseling skills to assist the Veteran in identifying
suitable competitive employment and placement opportunities.
Conducts a skillful analysis of their abilities, aptitudes,
strengths, needs, preferences, disability conditions, and resulting
impairments to guide Veterans with severe disabilities and
employment challenges in achieving their goals.
Provide psychoeducational and/or psychotherapeutic groups to
facilitate effective job search skills, resume writing skills,
interview skills, employer-desired soft skills, work and life
skills fostering independence and recovery.
Collaborates with the appropriate professionals to provide
rehabilitation services, including the assessment of vocational
interests, aptitude, and abilities by using clinical tests,
observations, interviews, evaluations, and specialized vocational
Consult with interdisciplinary teams to enhance coordination of
care, ensure medical clearance, and provide for optimal timing of
further interventions. Synthesize assessment information to
identify barriers to employment and their vocational implications.
Completes various quality assurance and improvement activities to
improve services provided.
Other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 07:30a - 04:00p
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
* Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
* Counselors, Educational * Counselors, Vocational * Educational
Counselors * Vocational Counselors
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job * Designated
and/or random drug testing may be required * Selective Service
Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 * You may
be required to serve a probationary period * Subject to a
background/security investigation * Must be proficient in written
and spoken English * Selected applicants will be required to
complete an online onboarding process
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
(1) A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or clinical
rehabilitation counseling from a rehabilitation counseling program
accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs (CACREP). If the applicant's degree
was granted prior to July 1, 2017, the program must be accredited
by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. OR
(2) A master's degree in counseling or clinical rehabilitation
counseling from a college or university accredited by a national or
regional accrediting body accredited by Council for Higher
Education Accreditation (CHEA). OR
(3) A master's or doctoral degree in a related field of study
with course content that emphasized rehabilitation, counseling,
disability, therapy, health, employment, wellness, or human
development from a college or university accredited by a national
or regional accrediting body accredited by CHEA. OR
(4) Foreign graduates with a degree acceptable by the Commission
on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
Certification: Current, full and unrestricted certification as a
certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) from the CRCC to practice
vocational rehabilitation counseling.
English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in
spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38
Preferred Experience: Be Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and
have experienced hospital setting.
Rehabilitation Counselor (Coordinator), GS-12
Experience. Completion of one year of professional experience at
the next lower grade level directly related to the position being
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the
experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the
(a) Ability to address complexity of psychosocial rehabilitation
factors and deliver timely and high-quality outcomes consistent
with statutes, regulations and policies.
(b) Theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of
rehabilitation service delivery systems for the administration and
management of a clinical rehabilitation program.
(c) Ability to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups of
staff utilizing sound judgement and decision-making to improve
customer service while delivering Veteran-focused and
outcome-oriented health care.
(d) Knowledge of applicable accreditation bodies and standards
to ensure long-term compliance.
(e) Knowledge of business administration practices such as
managing participant payroll, accounting, billing, marketing,
workforce development (vocational, educational and placement of
Veterans) services and/or customer service to successfully operate
a rehabilitation employment program.
References: VA Handbook 5005/133 Part 2 Appendix G62
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 12.
Physical Requirements: Incumbents must be physically and
mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the
position without hazard to themselves or others. Normal work of the
position requires visual acuity (with the ability to read
typewritten characters without strain, corrective lenses
permitted), keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual
dexterity. This position requires potentially moderate levels of
lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds). The incumbent may occasionally
be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium,
dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature,
flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in
stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient
needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as
annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here:
http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign
education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a
Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to
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