Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC)(CBT for Psychosis Clinic)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: 682747900
This position serves as a member of a team within the Mental Health Service Line at the Greater LA Department of Veteran's Affairs. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor coordinates and provides mental health counseling. LPMHC's has knowledge and experience working in integrated mental health care teams with clinical training in assessment and treatment of serious mental illness and psychosis. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. 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: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. 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. Grandfathering All persons employed in VHA in as LPMHC on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Grade Determinations: GS-09: Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 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. GS-11: Experience: 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. 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: Clinical experience and/or training working with patients (preferably veterans) with serious mental illness (SMI) preferred. Training/certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis a plus. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, APPENDIX G43. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor GS-0101 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: Lift lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability. ["Conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible Veterans. Works in a trans-disciplinary team setting with psychologists, social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, addition therapists, peer support specialists, and/or social science techs. Delivers services based on the recovery model, providing patients ongoing mental health assessment, intervention, treatment planning, and education in a supportive, patient-centered and recovery-oriented environment. Refers clients to other programs and professionals as appropriate. The LPMHC also participates in and provides consultation to other team members and participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel. Participates in the completion of data collection/analysis, program evaluation and development to enhance patient outcomes. Provides patients with elements of care coordination, case management, and other ancillary functions to the provision of professional treatment and team-based services as assigned. Assist with training programs within GLAHS. Applies experience & training to involvement in clinical and didactic training and supervision in the specific areas of this work. Supervises students at all levels, and from other disciplines. Assist in the design and implementation of programs for veterans and place special emphasis on the use of evidence-based techniques. Serves as consultant to other clinical staff in Mental Health within the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (GLA) and related sites in the area of mental health treatment for a variety of mental illnesses. Coordinates, develops and promote programs emphasizing group, individual, couples &/or family treatment, and other treatment modalities. Assist MH and Psychology Services in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs and related functions, as requested. Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by any affiliated Patient Care Line Director and/or Service Line Director. Liaisons with other mental and physical health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm\nTelework: Yes - at management discretion\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 90092A (GS-09) 90093A (GS-11)\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required If you are applying as a Marriage and Family Therapist and you are a current federal employee, please apply to 11671784. If you are applying as a Marriage and Family Therapist and you are not a current federal employee, please apply to 11671785. Note: This is an open and continuous announcement. Applicants will be reviewed every Tuesday until announcement closes"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.