This is an open continuous announcement for all specialties within the Mental Health service for Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC), please see below for descriptions. You may choose which specialties you would like to apply for within the application process. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be considered as vacancies become available. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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 from 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. English Language Proficiency: LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph3.j. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor GS-12 Experience/Education: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex LPMHC experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior LPMHCs must have five years of post-licensed experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressive professional competency and expertise and be licensed to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority of services needed and provide specialized treatment. 2. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities for Veterans with complex needs. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling, or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial, and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans. 3. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on data. 4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the psychosocial treatment of patients, rendering professional opinions based on experience, expertise and role modeling effective clinical skills. 5. Ability to teach, mentor staff and trainees, and provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. 6. Ability to engage in written and oral communication with leadership/staff and community stakeholders regarding policies, procedures, practice guidelines, and issues pertaining to the practice of the profession. References: VA Handbook 5005/106 Part II Appendix G43 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["Suicide Prevention: The Suicide Prevention/REACH VET Coordinator (SPC) will serve to facilitate implementation of suicide prevention strategies at the Memphis VA Medical Center and VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's). Activities will include support for the identification of Veterans at high risk and coordinating enhanced care when needed. The health care and psychosocial problems and needs of high-risk veterans are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. The incumbent facilitates efficient and appropriate delivery of Mental Health Services across episodes of care within the Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The incumbent plans, developed, implements, and evaluates the facility Suicide Prevention Program to ensure continual quality improvement and excellence in customer service Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC): The incumbent is assigned to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center within the Mental Health Service working with Veterans who have serious mental Illness. The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides intake evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, intensive individual and group psychotherapy, treatment plans, case management and other clinical services for Veterans with co-occurring mental disorders and medical problems. Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PCMHI): The incumbent functions as part of an interdisciplinary primary care team, working closely with Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members to provide consultation, facilitate warm-hand offs, and offer adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Also provides risk evaluations, functional assessments, and mental health support for patients with mild to moderate mental health symptoms. Provides brief individual and group therapy, utilizing protocols such as Problem-Solving Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, in line with the PCMHI model of care. PTSD Clinic: The incumbent is assigned to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT), which is part of the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) which offers both outpatient and residential treatment for PTSD. This incumbent functions as a member of the PTSD team and provides diagnostic intake evaluations and individual and group psychotherapy utilizing evidence-based treatments to Veterans with PTSD. Chemical Dependency Center (CDC): The incumbent provides in-person and virtual assessment, individual, and group treatments to Veterans recovering from Substance Use Disorders (SUD). Services in the CDC include three levels of addiction recovery programming (outpatient, intensive outpatient or IOP, and residential) as well as close collaboration with our Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) team. Preference will be given to applicants with training/experience in empirically standardized treatment approaches such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), CBT-SUD, and Contingency Management (CM), as well as passion for program development and process improvement. Emergency Department - The incumbent provides crisis intervention to all veterans who come through the Emergency Department with a mental health diagnosis. The incumbent completes assessments and consults with Psychiatry and Emergency Room Physicians to determine most appropriate level of care. The incumbent is knowledgeable of community resources. The incumbent must be able to work a flexible schedule to include days, evenings, nights, and weekends. Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program: The incumbent is assigned to the outpatient Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) within the Mental Health Service. The incumbent provides screenings, intake evaluations for diagnosis and treatment planning, individual and group psychotherapy, treatment plans, case management, and other clinical services for Veterans with co-occurring mental disorders and medical problems. Family and Marital Therapy Clinic: The incumbent is assigned to the Family Mental Health Clinic within Mental Health Service and primarily provides family and couple's therapy. Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator (CEPC): The CEPC Coordinator serves as a subject matter expert for community-based suicide prevention and facilitates the integration of suicide prevention education throughout the community. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (Emergency Department position requires flexible schedule, which may include days, evenings, nights, and weekends)\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.