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This position is located in the Mental Health Service, Recovery and Rehabilitation Services, at the VA Medical Center, John D. Dingle, in Detroit MI.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) within the Supported Employment (SE) program is responsible for assisting Veterans with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) in entering or returning to competitive employment. The major focus is on the provision of direct job placement service to SMI Veterans who have expressed an interest in work and for whom supportive follow-up services are essential in maintaining community employment.
The VRC is responsible for interviewing potential program participants utilizing the Vocational Assessment Profiles (VAP. The VFC for the SE program will utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to ensure the highest level of services.
Major duties and responsibilities include but not limited to the following:
Determines the areas of in vocational interest based on referral from a professional staff member or by utilizing the Vocational Assessment Profile with the program participant;
Determines the extent to which the participant possess the knowledge, skills or abilities necessary to meet the goals or objectives;
Collaborates with the treatment team and Veteran in preparing a viable treatment plan which addresses the objectives needed to obtain suitable employment, training, and/or an experience designed to maintain clinical stability;
Prepares, in conjunction with the Veteran prior to completion of rehabilitation services, a plan to prepare the Veteran for entry into the job market;
Works with community employers, community agencies, and community businesses with the goal of developing professional relationships with these groups in order to assist program participants in obtaining and maintaining suitable community employment;
Works with established programs to provide significant modifications to accommodate the program participant's severe limitations;
Active participant in the community;
Keeps alert for job and small business opportunities;
Maintains day-to- day contact with potential employers, placement personnel or other likely placement resources;
Provides ongoing support such as assistance with problem solving, developing interpersonal work relationships, maintaining work performance and quality and life management activities;
Oversees the adjustment process;
Evaluates the results of the program and makes sound professional arguments for recommended changes;
Documents all interactions with the program participant and is responsible to connect with participant with the appropriate resources to facilitate the participant ongoing employment in community setting.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Full-Time, 8:00am-4:30pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
76% or greater - TRAVEL IS AT 75% or GREATER -The selectee will be required to travel in the community to develop work opportunities