The Rehabilitation Counselor- TW Coordinator is assigned to VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VHA VR)within the Syracuse VA Medical Center. This position involves coordinating and overseeing the Transitional Work component of the overall VHA Vocational Rehabilitation programming under the supervision of the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor; it involves both administrative responsibilities and direct clinical care. Works with persons who experience functional impairments and disabilities associated with mental health, physical, and/or psychosocial challenges affecting employment, independent living, or personal adjustment. Works with an interdisciplinary team to provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation counseling services to Veterans with disabilities. Serves as a Rehabilitation Counselor - TW Coordinator with responsibility for coordinating and assisting with the management of a VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Program that provides vocational and educational services. Provides coordination for the CWT/TW component of VHA Vocational Rehabilitation. 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 customerservice 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 Team Leader 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. 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. Markets and develops therapeutic work opportunities, provides customer service, and annual TW worksite supervisor training to successfully operate a rehabilitation employment program. Provides 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. 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 practices. Supports informed decision making while using professional judgment and counseling skills to assist the Veteran in identifying suitable competitive employment and placement opportunities. Provide psychoeducational and/or psychotherapeutic groups to facilitate effective job search skills, employer desired soft skills, work and life skills fostering independence and recovery. Collaborates with the appropriate professionals to provide rehabilitation services. Consult with interdisciplinary teams to enhance coordination of care, ensure medical clearance, and provide for optimal timing of further interventions. Administers Measurement Based Care instrument to track progress throughout treatment and adjust goals and services as needed. Collects and organizes data on Veterans served as required by the Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) and Behavioral Health Care Line Management. Utilizes knowledge of the military culture, military transition to civilian occupations, and specific factors and dynamics associated with Veterans. Other duties as assigned. Must have clean and unrestricted drivers license Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599439500
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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.