The incumbent serves as a Readjustment Counselor at a Vet Center
in the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) providing direct
counseling services, outreach, referral, and follow-up care
coordination to eligible individuals. In this capacity, the
incumbent functions as a member of a small multi-disciplinary team
of 4 or more members, including social workers, other mental health
professionals, outreach workers and office managers.
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This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS announcement - Applications will be
accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be
considered as vacancies become available. The first list of
eligible applicants will be made as a vacancy becomes available,
but no earlier than 10 days after the opening of the
The incumbent will be responsible for providing services to
eligible individuals who are experiencing a variety of military
related psychological and psychosocial problems. Incumbents must
possess the knowledge and experience to independently implement
psychotherapeutic modalities in working with individuals, families,
and groups to enhance the readjustment of Veterans, active duty
Service members, and their families. Functions and responsibilities
include, but are not limited to:
- Intake screening and assessment: Complete all readjustment
counseling intake procedures, including an assessment of risk for
self-harm, military history and military related psychosocial
stressors, and assess family readjustment stressors and document
identified behaviors or symptoms.
- Readjustment counseling goal setting and service planning:
Develop and periodically update an individualized readjustment
counseling service plan that reflects a course of therapeutic and
psychosocial interventions, including identification of achievable
goals and measurable outcomes.
- Direct readjustment counseling service provision: Incorporate
complex multiple causation in differential psychosocial assessment
and direct service delivery to eligible Veterans, including making
psychosocial and psychiatric diagnostic inferences within the
clinical scope of practice.
- Risk assessment and crisis intervention: Conduct timely
assessment of Veterans in crisis to identify immediate needs,
evaluate risk, and initiate safety planning as appropriate.
- Care coordination: Links the Veteran with other community
services, resources, and opportunities to maximize the Veteran's
independence, health, and well-being.
- Coordinating readjustment counseling and outreach: Maintain
active coordination with Vet Center outreach workers to ensure
seamless referral to Vet Center services for those individuals
engaged in the community at outreach events that may require
follow-up readjustment counseling.
- Team cohesion and coordination: Actively participate in staff
meetings designed to promote team building and staff
- Documentation/administrative responsibilities/consultation:
Document all clinical interactions with eligible individuals and
episodes of care coordination on their behalf as required by
- Other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Some
evenings and weekends required
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
NOTE: Readjustment Counselors are multi-disciplinary and can be
filled by: Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health
Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, and Psychologist
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0185 Social Work
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Education: Must have a master's degree in social work from a
school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social
Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are
in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school
of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social
work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work.
Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website
to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation
standards for a Master of Social Work.
- Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker
positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified
by a state to independently practice social work at the master's
GS-11 Experience and Licensure: Completion of a minimum of one
year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in
the field of health care or other social work-related settings (VA
or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at
the independent practice level. OR
Education: In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral
degree in social work from a school of social work may be
substituted for the required one year of professional social work
experience in a clinical setting.
In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate
all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
- Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate
referrals to community and other governmental agencies for
services, and ability to coordinate services.
- Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and
treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from
various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other
- Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities
and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic
illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side
effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment
- Skill in independently implementing different treatment
modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who
are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social
problems to achieve treatment goals.
- Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers,
social work graduate students, and other staff about the
psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial
problems on health care and compliance with treatment.
References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, dated
September 10, 2019.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs, walking and
standing up to 4 hours, kneeling 1-2 hours, Operation of motor
vehicle, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to
distinguish colors, hearing (aid permitted), glasses and prosthesis
allowed, able to hear whispered voices, and emotional and mental
stability; Environmental factors: outside and inside, electrical
energy, working closely with others, protracted or irregular hours
of work, and repetitive computer use.
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 receive credit for that education.
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