Counseling Psychologist

Washington D.C.
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

GAO's work is designed to address four goals:

- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

Voted one of the best places to work in the federal government since 2005, we provide flexibilities and benefits to our employees. We promote dynamic and forward-thinking workplace practices. We foster an inclusive work environment that emphasizes continuous learning, personal and professional development, and incentives for exceptional performance. We promote equal opportunity for all staff without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. GAO's success in embracing and leveraging the diversity of its employees is central to our mission of serving a diverse American population through its congressional representatives.

This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Human Capital Office (HCO), Counseling Services which provides free, confidential, short-term counseling for all GAO employees about work-related and personal issues. The professional counselors can provide appropriate referrals to outside mental health professionals for specialized or long-term assistance. Counseling Services also manages support groups, including a Parent Support Group and a Caregiver Support Group. In addition, Counseling Services offers consultation to managers and work groups.

Counseling Services is responsible for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers a variety of services and assistance to GAO’s employees and their family members which include employee assistance counseling, problem assessment, crisis intervention, managerial consultation, wellness promotion, related workshops, lunch-time seminars and briefing programs, and others as required.

This position is also being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan for federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligibles. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement GAO-17-HCO-0180-08-MP.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Infrequent travel

  • No

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation
  • Selectee must be able to meet/maintain suitability & security requirements
  • Completion of one year probationary period may be required
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959
  • Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band, equivalent to the PE-I, PT-I, or GS-11 level in the federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as one year of post-graduate, post-licensure experience providing individual and couples psychotherapy conducting client intake assessments, managing cases, providing crisis intervention, and locating mental health referrals.

    Applicants must have satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology.

    Selective Placement Factor: Applicants for this position must possess a District of Columbia license as a professional counselor or psychologist.

    You must meet all qualifications requirement BEFORE the closing date of this announcement.

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    • Provides professional counseling, consultation services and training to employees and managers; applying skilled expertise in several areas of counseling psychology to include emotional, educational, multicultural, group, and career counseling.
    • Performs case management with respect to coordination of treatment plans and treatment compliance with work place needs and requirements. Provides a communication link between treatment providers and GAO management, as appropriate, to support effective employee functioning and, where applicable, return to work following treatment.
    • Provides input in the operation and coordination, planning, and implementation of all services and programs delivered by Counseling Services including problem assessment, individual and group counseling, referral assistance, crisis intervention, managerial consultation, psycho-educational seminars and workshops, support groups, library administration, and briefing programs.
    • Assists in the establishment and maintenance of procedures and guidelines for the effective operation of the services and programs of the Counseling Services team and is responsible for assuring compliance with federal regulations and HCO policies, Collective Bargaining Agreement requirements, priorities, and objectives.
    • Serves as the Liaison Counselor for assigned GAO teams, units, and Field Offices, providing for the specialized needs of these groups and their managers.

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