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Counselor

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Temple
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Summary In addition to providing direct patient care in the MHC, this LPMHC does have collateral supervisory responsibilities. This LPMHC administratively supervises licensed staff and/or graduates. They direct the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through their administrative supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff. Responsibilities The LPMHC supervisor provides direct administrative supervision for LPMHC and LPMHC-I staff assigned to Temple. The incumbent establishes performance standards and ensures employees function at or above acceptable levels. Structures and oversees an effective program of on-the-job training for subordinate employees. Monitors staff productivity and performance improvement. Responsible for approving leave requests and ensures appropriate program coverage. Incumbent is responsible for interviewing and selecting candidates for LPMHC and LPMHC-1 vacancies. Gives advice, counsels, and provides effective disciplinary actions, participates in any hearings, and resolves complaints. Additionally, she/he arranges personnel actions regarding promotions, details, selections, etc. Responsible for developing performance plans, evaluating employee performance, and completing performance appraisals for all assigned staff. Also, ensures team member compliance with performance measures. Ensures that staff members provide high quality, evidence based, patient-centered services to include individual, family, and group psychotherapy and psychoeducation; psychiatric medication consultation; and mental health case management and treatment coordination. Facilitates a stimulating environment of mission-centered continuous improvement. Monitors access to care and productivity of staff and provides solutions to address any concerns in these areas. Serves as a SAIL Champion for at least one performance measure. Develops and implements action plans for this measure. Serves as a team leader for at least one performance improvement project that addresses an opportunity for organizational change and enhancement. Ensures a high-quality training experience for students and graduates and develops a professional and working relationship with training institutions. The incumbent should have certification to provide clinical supervision or at least experience in providing clinical supervision. Serves on Psychology Service, Medical Center, VISN and National VA committees, as appropriate. Engages in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up. This includes conducting a Biopsychosocial Assessment. Utilizes a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions. Treatment approaches include but are not limited to cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure, and cognitive processing therapy. Demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. Serves 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. Possesses 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 Tele-mental health (if necessary). Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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: 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-0101series 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. Exception. VHA may waive the licensure requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure. This exception only applies up to the full performance level. For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed. 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 3.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). Preferred Experience: Experience delivering evidenced based care such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy, CBT for chronic pain. Experience supervising other clinical staff. Experience conducting biopsychosocial assessments and developing individualized treatment plans. Experience maintaining a professional environment by following organizational policies, guidelines, and safety standards. Experience in establishing and communicating guidelines and performance expectations for staff. Grade Determinations: GS-12 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Supervisor Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-11. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, and competency. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-11 level, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1. Ability to administratively supervise other providers and conduct meetings. 2. Ability to maintain a professional environment by following organizational policies, guidelines and safety standards. 3. Ability to establish and clearly communicate guidelines and performance expectations for staff. Assignments. At this level, LPMHCs administratively supervise their licensed staff and/or graduates and are considered LPMHC subject matter experts and may serve as the discipline lead. LPMHC's may provide treatment to patients. They direct the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through the administrative supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff. Their experience must demonstrate practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. References: VA Handbook 5005/106, Part II Appendix G43. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standards GS-0101, April 03, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Some work may require movement between offices, hospitals, warehouses, and similar areas for meetings and to conduct work. Work may also require walking/standing, in conjunctions with travel to and attendance at meetings and/or conferences away from the work site. Incumbent may carry and lift light items weighing less than 15 pounds. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. The master's or doctoral degree must be fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Verification of accreditation may be made obtained from http://www.cacrep.org/directory/. NOTE: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. NOTE: If your school was accredited by Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) at the time of graduation but is no longer listed on the CACREP website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Receiving Service Credit or 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Temple , Counselor, Other , Temple, Texas

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