Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - (ICMHR)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 696465100
This Job Opportunity is being announced as both a Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and a Senior Social Worker. Both vacancies can be filled by either a Senior Social Worker or Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis; applicants will be reviewed on a weekly basis, as long as vacancies exist. 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. NOTE: It is VHA policy that a LPMHC who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-12 Experience, Education, and Licensure. 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. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 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. 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on data. 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. Ability to teach, mentor staff and trainees, and provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. 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 April 3, 2018 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-12 Physical Requirements: Daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required. Rigid deadlines and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful. Community visits may require the ability to drive a vehicle. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM), Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (RANGE),and Enhanced Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (E-RANGE), collectively referred to as ICMHR Services are adaptations of ACT for Veterans with SMI served by the VHA mental health system. The Primary responsibility of the ICMHR Senior Licensed Professional Counselor Case Manager is to provide intensive case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, psychosocial assessments, individual therapy, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies and hospital services to Veterans in ICMHR. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Provides intensive community-based case management services to Veterans with SMI, severe functional impairment, and high inpatient mental health inpatient utilization, in coordination with existing community and VA services. Works collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to provide exceptional care to a vulnerable population Implements Psychosocial and Rehabilitation and Recovery Services-fully utilizing practices and principles of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Has ability to respond to consults by independently interviewing the Veteran utilizing questionnaires and other measurement devices while assessing the Veteran's emotional, functional, and psychological condition. Presents the findings to the team to determine admission to the ICMHR program. Provides assessment/evaluation to include a social work assessment and recovery plan taking into account the Veterans strengths, and abilities. Recovery plans are developed taking into consideration the Veterans wishes and treatment goals, and include measurable goals outlined based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information. Implements the measurement based care tools on a regular basis to assess Veterans wellbeing and overall functioning. Assists Veterans in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies of entitlement, then follow the process of the application until a determination has been made. Serves as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex process Veterans encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborate with members of the ICMHR team and other professional's specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to Veterans. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and are eligible to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Enters all Veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates and report changes to the AMSA to update the record. All clinical interventions whether by telephone or face to face will be recorded in electronic progress notes. This information will be entered in a complete, confidential, and professional manner. Required documentation will be completed and signed in the timeframes set by facility policy or national program requirements. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Ad Hoc Emergency Telework May Be Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial 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.