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Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Naples , FL 34102

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Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling to veterans and family members over issues of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.

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The following duties may include but are not limited to the Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor:

Within the first three sessions, the Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor will complete a psycho-social assessment and military history.

  • Responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.

  • Maintains and exercises an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client better served by programs external to the Vet Center.assessment.

  • Responsible for using the current resource files of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans.

  • Experienced in assessing whether a veteran client is of harm to self or others.

  • Provides education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center and to veteran and family members on a variety of health topics common to war veterans based on age, injury, or war theater.

  • Will ensure good communication and sound clinical treatment of veteran clients that are shared with other health care providers and community based agencies.

  • Exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques that are evidence based in the treatment of readjustment counseling problems and demonstrate good clinical practice.

  • Performs outreach to veterans for the purpose of educating them about readjustment issues and assistance that is available to them.

  • Will comply with all regulations of the Veterans Health Administration. Clinical documentation will comply with policies of Readjustment Counseling Service.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00 4:30 p.m. may include some evenings and weekends.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Designated and/or random drug testing required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education: 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 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-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment. Exception. Non-licensed LPMHCs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate LPMHC under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a LPMHC that provides care under the supervision of a licensed LPMHC at or above the full performance level. This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9). For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.

Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, LPMHCs must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed LPMHC with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-101 LPMHC series and may result in termination of employment.

Loss of Licensure. Once licensed, LPMHCs must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment. Loss of licensure will result in removal from the GS-101 LPMHC occupation and may result in termination of employment.

Preferred Experience: Knowledge/understanding of the effects of PTSD/other trauma related conditions. 1 year of experience in: conducting psycho-social assessments/implement treatment plans for combat Veterans/and their families; working with combat veterans in providing family counseling services to veterans/their family; working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military; and the provision of processing psychotherapy for trauma related conditions.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Entry Level) - Experience, Education, and Licensure. The entry level is used for LPMHCs with less than one year of post-master's degree experience or for LPMHCs who are graduates, not yet licensed at the independent practice level.

In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
1.Ability to engage in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, 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.Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling.
8.Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full Performance Level) - Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience; OR In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in mental health counseling, or a related field may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional mental health counseling experience.

In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level, the candidate must demonstrate 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 students 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.
5.Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/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 deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.11

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.

Physical Requirements:
Work is mainly sedentary. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying/traveling with items such as books and portable laptop.

References: VA Handbook 5005/42 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard Appendix G43.


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: 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:

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