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Job Title:Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:EG-HA-13-843545

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 to Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Manhattan, KS United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 843545 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE:  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.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position may be filled and has been announced under the following vacancies, all with the same opening and closing dates:

Social Worker  EG-HA-13-840544

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist EG-HA-13-843323

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor  EG-HA-13-843545

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The incumbent serves as Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor on the multidisciplinary team that is located in a community-based Vet Center that provides Veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources and community education regarding the problems and needs of the Veteran.  The incumbent maintains an office in the Vet Center.  Incumbent will work in cooperative collaboration with other team members and with professionals, volunteers and others in VA facilities and community agencies to help Veterans recognize and resolve their problems and needs.  The counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems.  Clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, marriage and family counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling.  Incumbent must possess a high degree of clinical skill, including the unique skills needed to work with Veterans and the significant others and to provide consultation to professionals providing clinical services.  Incumbent must possess the capability to perform administrative tasks required in the community-based office of a program with a unique administrative structure and a variety of formal and informal working relationships with a wide range of VA facilities and community organizations.

The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPMHC) in Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) serves as a member of a multi-disciplinary Vet Center team and is responsible for coordinating and providing family counseling services in the Vet Center.  The LPMHC conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible Veterans and their families.  Treatment modalities may include crisis intervention as well as both short and long-term services.  The LPMHC may refer clients to other programs and professionals to include the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic.  Participates in and provides consultation to other team members; participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.

 

Tour of Duty:  Varied to include weekend, days and evening hours.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • 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.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-9

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:

  1. Ability to engage in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, 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 multi cultural 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. Knowledge and understanding of relevant statues, case laws, ethical codes and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. 

GS-11

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.

  1. Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions and recommendations 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 multi cultural counseling skills.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

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.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 843545.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.  Resume must provide your full name, mailing address and day/evening phone numbers, country of citizenship, Veterans' preference, highest federal civilian grade held; for each work experience, list job title (include series/grade if federal job), duties and accomplishments, employer's name/address, supervisor's name/phone number, starting and ending dates (month/year), hours per week and salary.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment Form which may be downloaded from the OPM website at www.opm.gov/forms(required).
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).
  7. Transcripts.  (copies are acceptable, they do not have to be originals).  (required).
  8. Copy of current and valid license as determined by the state held.  (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Karli Searcy
Phone: (913)682-2000x52511
Email: KARLI.SEARCY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Eastern Kansas HCS
2200 Southwest Gage Boulevard
Topeka, KS
66622

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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Job Announcement Number:

EG-HA-13-843545

Control Number:

337893200