- U.S. citizenship
- English language proficiency (written and spoken)
- Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
- License. The LPMHC must hold a full, current and unrestricted license by a state to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.
- The LPMHC must 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 Education Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to, Addition 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 level.
- Experience. Individuals assigned to this position must have complete a minimum of 1 year of post master's degree mental health counseling experiences in the field of health care (VA or non-VA) or 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 licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. Your CV, resume and application MUST support your answers.
Grade Determination. 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.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/42, Part II, Appendix G43, QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated September 28, 2010.
Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the United States Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards your qualifications for this position. You 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. 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.
The LPMHC must 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 Education Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to, Addition 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 level.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-20 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).
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.