Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Veteran Center) in Chinle, Arizona

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1999331

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

The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) strives to provide the highest quality primary, secondary and tertiary health care to its beneficiaries through a compassionate, innovative health care system, excellent training and education of health care professionals, and effective use of available resources. 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 and leadership positions 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.

Failing to submit any documentation that is required and listed under the "Required Documents" tab may result in loss of consideration.

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized for this position.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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Duties

The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) will be assigned to Chinle or Hopi Arizona or Farmington or Las Cruces, New Mexico Veteran Center and serves as a License Professional Mental Health Counselor providing outreach services to eligible veterans and family members in the Vet Center program. Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) is a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs created to provide a broad range of psycho-social services to combat veterans and their family members to assist them in their readjustment to civilian life. RCS provides services to eligible veterans and their family members in "storefront" counseling centers located in the communities. Vet Center services include, but are not limited to: counseling services to combat veterans from all eras, veterans sexually traumatized while on active duty, and families of service members killed on active duty. Services are also available to all eligible veterans' family members for issues related to the veteran's military service. The goal of this program is to establish and maintain an outreach program to assist those eligible veterans who have failed to make adequate psychosocial adjustment and re-entry into civilian life.

The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 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 LPC 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 LPC 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.

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts. M-F 8-430, some evening hours required and the possibility of working some weekends.

Functional Statement Title/#: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor / N/A

Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status Code: 7777

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Education: Have 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.
  • Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Preferred Experience:- Providing services for Veterans including psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, short-term, solution focused counseling with individuals and families who may be in crisis.

  • Referral for resources and benefits, case management and post-intervention follow-up.

Grade Determinations:**

GS-11: In addition to the basic requirements, Applicants must possess at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current mental health counseling practice. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice at the post-master's degree level, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional mental health counselor. ORIn addition to the basic requirements, applicants may substitute education for the experience at the GS-11 level. To meet the required 1 year of professional mental health counseling experience in a clinical setting for the GS-11 level, a doctoral degree in mental health counseling or related field may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional mental health experience.* (You must submit a transcript to receive credit for this education.)*

In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: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 (LPMHC) Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs and over): Straight pulling and pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking and standing up to 12 hours; repeated bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

This position does not reuire/requires completion of the OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.

"In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) 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."

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Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-09-01

Salary: $49,894 to $78,474 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Series: 0101 Social Science

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: ABQ-17-718-JMJ-1999331-BU

Control number: 476889000