The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) is an Independent Clinical Professional Counselor who works within the interdisciplinary Mental Health Clinic. The LPMHC for this position provides a full range of professional counselor services including assessment and treatment of complex psychosocial problems resulting from mental illness, chronic and acute illness, senescence or socioeconomic and family concerns. The LPMHC has high knowledge of mental health disorders.
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1.Conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial interventions/treatments with supervision to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological), and the differential influences of the environment, society, and culture.
2.Independently perform case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Possess the knowledge and ability to implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups.
3.Assess psychiatric conditions according to the DSM-5. Perform mental health diagnostic interviews with patients referred to specialty mental health clinics. Develop treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team within established time frames. Possess the skills to offer psychosocial interventions and measure outcomes of interventions.
4.Assess Veterans who present with psychiatric and psychosocial emergencies. Identify high-risk patients and provide case management services in compliance with the Uniform Services Handbook and VA Suicide Prevention protocols.
5.Provide crisis intervention services, including timely and appropriate interventions to prevent harm to self or others, as well as coordination of family involvement when indicated. Consult with supervisor, psychiatrist, Suicide Prevention Coordinators and/or other team members when moderate or high risk of harm is identified. Complete suicide prevention documentation in accordance with established guidelines. Provide any necessary follow up calls for High Risk patients.
6.Assess for Military Sexual Trauma and link Veteran's to clinically indicated care.
7.Provide timely screening of incoming patient consults from outside of Mental Health Service through a broad range of clinical mental health professional counselor services. Complete Same Day Access (SDA) Policy initial assessments; assessing treatment need; coordinating intake scheduling (med needs, Gero-day); coordinate huddles to review SDA non-urgent care plans made by FD Nurses; coordinate huddles to review future FD scheduling and business; ensure that Veterans are called to fill-in any cancellations; ensuring completion of ED consults for all FD providers; coordinate FD grids to ensure utilization standards are met.
8.Complete consult management activities for newly referred patients to outpatient mental health
9.Provide applicable follow-up care to and suicide prevention documentation for Veterans discharged from VA and non-VA hospitalizations when indicated.
Complete outreach activities and attempt to re-engage Veterans that have missed their intake appointments and/or when indicated.
Complete Suicide Prevention protocols and documentation when Veterans screen positive on the C-SSRS, receive a high/intermediate risk rating on Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluations or when indicated.
Assign Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) to veterans meeting criteria.
Coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs.
Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families. Independently work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills.
Provide interventions and duties through a variety of modalities to include: face to face visits, telephone, and video modalities.
Provide consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plan. Ability to evaluate own practice through professional peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Hold general knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation, non-service-connected pension. Facilitate referrals based upon Veteran needs and eligibility.
Meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicate and treat customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Incumbent can provide the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handle conflict and problems in dealing with the consumer constructively and appropriately.
Contribute to the team or work area by striving to improve individual, team, or organizational performance.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Mon- Fri, 8:00am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Counselors, All Other
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
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 onboarding process
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:U.S. Citizenship: Must be a Citizen of the United States.
Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in both spoken and written English.
Education: Must hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. CACREP defines the date when graduates are considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Additional information may be obtained from: http://www.cacrep.org/directory/.
NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical Rehabilitation counseling.
Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment.
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-9 (Entry Level)
Experience, Education, and Licensure
The GS-9 grade level is the entry grade level for LPMHCs with less than one year of experience(post-master's degree) or for LPMHCs at the master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed LPMHCs at the GS-9 grade level have completed the required education listed in paragraph 3.b., and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure.
Individuals assigned as GS-9 LPMHCs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, including co-signatures where required, as they are not functioning at the full performance level. They are typically assigned to VHA areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Under supervision, LPMHCs at this level provide professional mental health counseling services.
Demonstrated Knowledge Skills and Abilities
1.Ability to engage in intake and assessment, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, continuum of care, evaluation and follow-up.
2.Knowledge of current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders in formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical interventions using professional counseling practices.
3.Basic knowledge of professional counseling practice with emphasis on human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, and strategies that address high risk behaviors, wellness, personal growth, and career development across the life span.
4.Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.
5.Ability to serve on an interdisciplinary team with focus on the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and relational functioning of individuals, groups and families and on the counseling approaches, strategies, and techniques that will best help patients function effectively.
6.Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation and delivery of services, such as Telehealth.
7.Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA.
8.Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling.
9.Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-11 (Full Performance Level)
Experience, Education, and Licensure
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's or post- doctoral degree mental health counseling experience (VA or non-VA experience) and must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (c) below. LPMHCs may provide clinical supervision over the clinical practice of an unlicensed LPMHC or LPMHC trainee. Some state licenses do not license an individual to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs. Please refer to specific state licensing laws regarding the requirements for providing clinical supervision.
This is the full performance grade level for LPMHCs. At this level they are licensed to independently practice professional counseling and to provide mental health services within the knowledge, theory, and training foundations of professional counseling. LPMHCs may be assigned to any VHA area, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. LPMHCs may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below:
1.Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.
2.Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.
3.Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation.
4.Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill.
5.Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment.
6.Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.
7.Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.
8.Ability to develop and facilitate psychotherapy and psycho- education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.
Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Applicants must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others.
Position requires walking throughout the clinic and the Medical Center, standing for extended periods of time, and involves sitting at a computer and in counsel and consultation with Veterans and interdisciplinary teams.
This position also requires close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and repetitive motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G43. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard, GS-101. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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