Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)3.9


Duties of the position may include but are not limited to:
Conducts interviews and counseling with clients and provides social/psychological assessment and treatment to clients; crisis intervention and both short and long term services.
Establishing, maintaining and conducting outreach activities with veterans, community and service organizations, business and industry, professionals and the public.
Provides psychodiagnostic testing and psychological assessment to those clients who display clinically severe or unusual psychological disturbances.
Develops and maintains understanding and working agreements with other organizations and individuals sharing responsibility for the welfare of these citizens in the same geographical area.
Provides direct service and assistance to hospital programs in order to facilitate optimum utilization of resources in the patient's
re-entry into the community.
Provides highly skilled readjustment counseling services to clients with difficult and complex problems of social, emotional and vocational adjustment.
Serves as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative for the fee/contracts program.
Responsible for program development, budget development and fiscal management, personnel management and
resource utilization.
Provide clinical and administrative leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center staff and all other professional, paraprofessional and nonprofessional staff assigned to work at the Vet Center and to plan, develop, implement, coordinate, monitor and evaluate all treatment services of the Vet Center.
Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.
Exercises supervisor authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised.
Performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and public contact work. Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of various programs.
Responsible for appointments, assignments, removals of subordinates, and the directing, reviewing and evaluation of performance of all subordinates.
Responsible for the clinical supervision of and consultation to a multidisciplinary staff in the development of treatment plans and the resultant therapy.

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 fromhttp://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.
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-0101 LPMHC occupation and may result in termination of employment.
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.
GRADE REQUIREMENTS. Supervisory Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-12.
Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, you must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills, judgment, and competency. At this level, LPMHCs administratively supervise their licensed staff and/or graduates and are considered LPMHC subject matter experts and may serve as the discipline lead. LPMHCs may provide treatment to patients. They direct the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through the administrative supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff. Their experience must demonstrate practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, you must demonstrate all of the KSAs below:

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-11 KSAs
Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.
Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.
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.
Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill.
Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment.
Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.
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.
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.

Supervisory Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-12 KSAs:
Ability to administratively supervise other providers and conduct meetings.
Ability to maintain a professional environment by following organizational policies, guidelines and safety standards.
Ability to establish and clearly communicate guidelines and performance expectations for staff.
References: VA Handbook 5005/42 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard Appendix G43.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-25 lbs.) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder;
Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking up to 6 hours per day); Standing (up to 8 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; Hearing (Aid permitted). The work is mostly sedentary. Work also involves office-type work to complete reports, perform administrative
functions and attend meeting, training and outreach. A valid driver's license is required.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Resume
Responses to the Online Assessment Questionnaire
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
Transcripts
Copy of License
DD 214 if claiming Veteran's Preference
VA Disability Letter if disabled Veteran

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter
DD-214
OF-306
Licensure; VA 102850c Application
Disability Letter
Resume
SF-15
Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.