Department Of Veterans Affairs Lebanon , PA 17046
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As a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) you will be assigned to Behavioral Health and Sciences Care Line with primary responsibilities in the Inpatient Acute Psychiatry unit where you will independently practice professional counseling and provide mental health services within the knowledge, theory, and training foundations of professional counseling. You will be working with other clinicians and professionals in a multi-disciplinary team approach. Your clinical duties will include but, are not limited to:
Performing specialized treatment of complex physical, mental illness and substance use disorder.
Serving as Mental Health Treatment Coordinator.
Incorporating complex multiple causation in treatment of patient.
Performing psychosocial assessments.
Performing case management.
Performing individual and group psychotherapy.
Performing triage, evaluation and assessment.
Completing treatment and safety plans.
Performing duties of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Operator/Coordinator.
Providing Evidence Based and Measurement Based Care.
Completing discharge planning.
Performing psycho-diagnostic testing and psychological assessments.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: The primary tour of duty is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; however, depending on organizational needs, there may be extended hours coverage during evening and weekend hours.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Counselors, Mental Health
HelpRequirements 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
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 degree in mental health 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; and Marriage and Family Therapy. A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health counseling.
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.
English Language Proficiency. LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GS-9: None beyond basic requirements.
GS-11: 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard.
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-9 to GS-11.
Ability to walk/stand up to 8 hours; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing aid permitted; clear speech. Position can be inside or outside; potential for excessive noise , intermittent.
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.