- U.S. citizenship.
- 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.
- Hold a full, current and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment. (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)).
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
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, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
- Ability to engage in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group or family counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multi cultural counseling skills.
- 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.
- 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.
- Knowledge and understanding of relevant statues, case laws, ethical codes and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
In addition to the basic requirements, the GS-11 (full performance level) requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-master's degree experience in the field of health care counseling experience;
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, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level, meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level and must demonstrate the KSAs below.
- Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions and recommendations 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 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.
- Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress.
- Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment.
- Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multi cultural counseling skills.
- Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulations of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.
- Ability to develop and deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support and community integration.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005/412, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard, dated September 2010.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The activity of the position requires extreme patience and management of ones own emotions. The work may require the techniques of restraining clients from injuring themselves or others. The work requires assisting physically disabled clients and family members to negotiate the medical center environment. The position requires the worker to move about the ground sin all types of weather.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.