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Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Substance Abuse Treatment Program (satp)

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

Job Description:

SummaryThis position is located in the Mental Health Service line at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) within the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP). This position is stationed at Vancouver, WA clinic. May require one day a week at the West Linn CBOC. The SATP Program provides comprehensive outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment to Veterans with a primary substance use disorder. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesThe Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) will provide mental health services to the Veteran population enrolled at the Portland VA Medical Center. Services include provision of high quality case management, psychosocial assessment, clinical treatment, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies as needed by the Veteran. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Mental Health Division or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. The incumbent must possess at a minimum master degree as a professional counseling or other related field from a CACREP accredited program with at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency.Functions include:Screening/AssessmentTreatment Planning/Goal SettingDocumentation/ProductivityReferral to Service ProvidersResource Usage/DevelopmentAdvocacyCrisis InterventionEducation/Health Promotion and PreventionCoordination of CareSupportive Counseling/Psychosocial TreatmentCase ManagementAdministrative ResponsibilitiesWork Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. May require one evening per week.Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required Not requiredSupervisory status No Promotion Potential 11 Job family (Series) 0101 Social Science 0185 Social Work Similar jobs Community Mental Health Social Workers Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Substance Abuse Family Social Workers Mental Health Counselors Mental Health Social Workers Help Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job Designated and/or random drug testing may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to a background/security investigation Must be proficient in written and spoken English Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process VA uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/19/2021.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 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.- Exception: Non-licensed LPMHCs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate LPMHC under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a LPMHC that provides care under the supervision of a licensed LPMHC at or above the full-performance level. This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9). 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 3j.Please note, those with an MSW should apply for the Social Worker vacancy. VHA does NOT interchange LPMHC and MSW applicants.Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full Performance Level)In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience (experience prior to earning the master's degree does NOT apply);ORIn 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.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, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard GS-101.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-11.Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs), reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required; walking & standing (4 hrs); climbing (0.5 hr); both legs required; ability for rapid mental & muscular coordination simultaneously; hearing (aid permitted). Mental and emotional stability required. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.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 informationReceiving 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.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. Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.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. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk Trust determination process Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness, National security Help Required DocumentsTo apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:ResumeIt is your responsibility, as the applicant, to verify that information in your resume and supporting documents, whether uploaded or faxed, are received, legible and accurate. You may do so by reviewing your Application Status in USAJOBS, ensuring you have successful fax transmission (if applicable), etc. Your Resume must include the following information: a. Experience: Starting and ending dates of experience (month and year), hours worked per week and salary information). b. Education: name and location of college, dates attended, and type and date of any degree earned. (If selected, official transcript will be required) c. Licenses and/or certificates earned.d. To ensure you are properly rated, you must make certain the required experience and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed in the qualifications section is addressed in detail in your resume. If you are a current permanent employee from another VA or Federal Agency: You must submit a copy of your most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) indicating: your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (this must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Unofficial transcripts. If you are selected official transcripts are required.VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850==Search. Required at of application.The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.Cover LetterDD-214/ Statement of ServiceDisability Letter (Schedule A)Disability Letter (VA)OF-306VA Application 10-2850cOther (2)Other (3)PCS OrdersPerformance AppraisalProfessional CertificationProof of EnrollmentResumeSeparation Notice (RIF)SF-15SF-50/ Notification of Personnel ActionTranscriptVeterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. Help BenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Vancouver , Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Substance Abuse Treatment Program (satp), Other , vancouver, Washington

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