Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Kerrville, Texas
Internal Number: 668827600
The LPMHC for whom this functional statement applies is assigned to Psychology Service- Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC)in the Kerrville Division Medical Center of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Incumbent has specialized knowledge and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of general mental health disorders and conditions. 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 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. NOTE: It is VHA policy that a LPMHC who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.j. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. 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. Assignments. 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. This may include evidence based psychotherapy. Preferred Experience: GS-11: Minimum of 3 years' experience working in an interdisciplinary mental health setting or clinic that serve primarily adults. Experience consulting with colleagues on mental health issues in a team setting. Ability to provide wide range of psychotherapeutic treatments such as individual and groups therapies and utilize multicultural skills. Experience with medical record documentation and utilization of the DSM. Experience in providing complex crisis interventions, risk assessments and managing high risk populations. References: VHA Handbook 5005/106,Part II, Appendix G43 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 lbs, light carrying; under 15lbs, both hands required, hearing (aid may be permitted), ability to perform privilege, ability to independently perform physical exam as appropriated to position, emotional and mental stability, mostly sitting with some walking. ["LPMHC may have some clinical program management responsibilities.\nMay be selected by the Supervisory LPMHC or Chief of Psychology to serve as the psychology service representative on various Psychology Service,\nMental Health Service Line, System-level, or VISN administrative committees or work groups.\nMay coordinate programming within both various mental health and primary care programs in coordination with managers of such programs as well as with discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to these programs.\nMay be involved in research activities, especially as related to program evaluation responsibilities.\nMay have responsibility for and oversight of the administrative and programmatic resources of various clinical programs that are\nspecialized/complex and significantly impact the delivery of health care service to Veterans in the STVHCS.\nAbility to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.\nAdvanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.\nAbility 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\nPRRC cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation.\nAbility to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill.\nAbility to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment.\nAbility to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.\nAbility to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.\nAbility to develop and facilitate psychotherapy and psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. This may include evidence-based psychotherapy.\nProvides a full range of psychological services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients with co-morbid mental and physical health problems.\nProvides education to patients, family members, and significant others.\nProvides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals with mental health and medical disorders utilizing empirically supported modalities when indicated.\nConsults with and serves as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in STVHCS.\nMay be asked to assist in the selection, training, and supervision of staff at lower grades within assigned program area, Psychology Service, or STVHCS to include the LPMHC training program.\nMay be asked to prepare and teach seminars/workshops for STVHCS trainees/staff on topics within competency areas.\nMay be asked to serve as a member of the STVHCS Psychology LPMHC Training Committee.\nMay be asked to conduct approved psychological research that supports the mission of STVHCS alone or in collaboration with other professional in STVHCS or affiliated academic institutions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday ; 730am - 400pm\nTelework: Authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 0000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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