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Job Title:  Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (MHC)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AG-T38-TPe-871152-R19

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Waco, TX United StatesView Map
United States Citizens



OUR MISSION:  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.  




VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination if required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 871152 (Please include on all documents)


Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.


Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 




This is a bargaining unit position.


Tour of Duty:  Normally Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., although some evening and weekend hours may be required.    



The incumbent will be assigned to one of the following areas within Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine, Psychology Service:


Mental Health Clinic: Provides direct patient care services to veterans seeking outpatient mental health services.  Knowledge of Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), or other evidence-based treatment protocols are a plus, as well as ability to conduct ADHD evaluations.  May also provide some services to family members of these veterans.  One vacancy in Waco.

The incumbent will be responsible for providing direct patient care, and will have program planning and evaluation duties.  The incumbent will participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary primary care/mental health clinical team providing a full range of psychological services and will provide individual and group psychotherapy to veterans with complex mental health problems, especially in regard to adaptation and rehabilitation. The incumbent may provide couples, family and/or group psychotherapy promoting healthy adaptation and will administer/score or evaluates psycho diagnostic tests, including neuropsychological screening. The incumbent may provide evidence-based treatment to patients; evidence-base treatment includes but is not limited to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE).  The incumbent will contribute to the gathering of assessment information and the development of a detailed treatment plan for veterans and will participate as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed.  The incumbent may provide clinical supervision and instruction for LPC internsThe incumbent will serve as an advisor, consultant and/or resource person to the staff within the medical center.  The incumbent will maintain appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility and will serve as a member of the planning group for evaluating the effectiveness of the treatment program and modifying it to better serve the needs of the patient.  The incumbent will comply with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.  The incumbent will comply with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).  The incumbent will attend and participate in administrative and informational meetings as held by Central Texas Veterans Health Care system (CTVHCS) and Mental Health and Behavior Medicine (MH&BM) management such as Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and will comply with Psychology Service peer review procedures. A licensed professonial mental health counselor is preferred.     


This position may also be filled as a Clinical Psychologist.  




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1.   U.S. citizenship.  

2.   Educational Requirement:  Must have a master's degree in mental health counseling, or 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.

3. Licensure:  Individuals must hold a full, current and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.  Exception. 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). For grade levels at or above the full

performance level, the candidate must be licensed.  

Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, LPMHCs must actively pursue meeting state prerequisites for licensure starting from the date of their appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unlicensed LPMHC with the written requirement to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline.

Failure to become licensed within 2 years from date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-

101 LPMHC series and may result in termination of employment.  

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-101 LPMHC occupation and may result in termination of employment.


4.   Physical Requirements. No special physical demands are required for this position. Employee frequently carry light items such paper files, records, etc. The work is primaly performed while sitting though some work may required periods of standing. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


5.   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 3j.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).



For the GS-9 In addition to the basic requirement, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs.   For the GS-11 In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience; OR 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, and the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs



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 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.   Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, 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.



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 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 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 deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.




References:   VA Handbook 5005/42, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated September 28, 2010.


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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.


Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.  


Veterans' preference does apply to Title 38 Hybrid positions; therefore, if you are a Veteran applying for veterans preference, you must submit evidence of eligibility, such as:  a copy of your DD-214(s) (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty);  Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference version dated December 2004), if applicable; and the proof requested on the form, such as a Civil Service Preference letter stating your percentage of disability, if applicable.


DD Form 214:  Veterans can now request a copy of their DD-214 online at the following National Personnel Records Center website, This site also provides instructions and addresses for requesting service records, medical records, proof of military service, correcting records, and replacing medals or awards. Veterans may also request a copy of their DD-214 by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.


For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to determine if you are qualified for this job.   

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position. 



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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, 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


Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at:  To be considered qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Qualified category for this position, as described above.  In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

To begin the process, write down the 6-digit VIN number and go to (if you have an updated resume saved on your personal computer) to create an account or log in to your existing APPLICATION MANAGER account.  If you do not have a resume, please select "Apply Online" which will take you to USA Jobs Website to build your resume. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload supporting documentation. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in application manager.  After applying, return to application manager ( to see the status of your application, 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
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX 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 using the following Vacancy ID 871152. 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 following documents are required:

1.  Résumé or CV (required).

2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).  

3.  Copy of your transcript(s)  with confer/graduation date of completion of CACREP approved 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  (required).

4.  If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50,

 Notice of Personnel Action.  NOTE: If you are a current employee of CTVHCS, you do not need to  

 submit your most recent SF-50 (if applicable).
5.  Veterans' Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, if applicable).

6.  VA Preference Letter (if applicable).

7.  SF-15 if claiming Veterans Preference (if applicable).

8.  Copy of licensure (if applicable).


Tammy Peterman
Phone: (254)743-0401
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144


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.

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