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Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center Report

on the grade level (General Schedule (GS) level) at which the position is described on USAJOBs,7 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website. For example:

  • A sexual trauma counselor provides counseling services to women and men who have been sexually traumatized during their military service, with a goal of reducing the effects of the trauma and helping the veteran readjust into civilian life.

  • An outreach counselor’s role is to be the bridge for returning OIF/OEF veterans and their access to Vet Centers, the VA, and other community resources.

  • Some readjustment counselors establish outreach services with military installations, Reserve, and National Guard facilities and provide transitional assistance program briefings to personnel transitioning from active duty, along with developing working relationships with a network of service provision agencies and individuals relevant to returning veterans.

  • Other readjustment counseling therapists do interviews and counseling with clients and families, psychological assessment and treatment, involves issues of post traumatic stress disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, homelessness, and other issues impacting upon a veteran’s ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.

The qualification requirement for a GS-5 entry level job is a “4-year course of study in an accredited college or university, which meets all of that institution’s requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a behavior or social science, or a major field of study directly related to the position (transcript required) OR a combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with a knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to major in the field.” 8

Generally speaking, entry level requirements are a GS-5 for a bachelor’s degree, a GS-9 for a master’s degree, and a GS-11 for a Ph.D. degree. OPM states that “Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.”

B. FY 2008 Workload

RCS provides psychosocial and psychological assistance to eligible veterans and their families. The social services address problems such as basic needs, unemployment, and veterans benefits. They coordinate with community providers for basic services, state representatives of Disabled Veteran Outreach Programs to match veterans with employment opportunities, and VA benefit offices that attempt to assist veterans with the benefits to which they are entitled.

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http://www.usajobs.gov/. Requirements as cited on http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/.

VA Office of Inspector General


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