Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program - RRTP in Fort Harrison, Montana
Summary The Fort Harrison VA Medical Center, Mental Health Services, is currently recruiting for one Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - RRTP Substance Use Disorder (SUD) position in Fort Harrison, MT. This is a multi-discipline position and selections can be made from the following, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor or Social Worker. Responsibilities The Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) assumes responsibility for the provision of therapeutic and after-care treatment planning services to Veterans who are admitted for the New Frontiers Post-Traumatic Growth Center or New Frontiers Sobriety and Wellness Center, and for other cooccurring mental health issues. Services will be given to Residential Rehabilitation patients and to selected outpatients. The RRTP LPMHC interviews patients/significant others and completes psychosocial assessments, provides treatment, and participates in an interdisciplinary treatment team, all under the close supervision of a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. The incumbent will document care in a manner consistent with RRTP Directive and other applicable VA documents, and with Joint Commission and CARF accreditation standards. The LPMHC is accountable for timely documentation, proper clinical file recording, case work services rendered, exploration surveys with beneficiaries and the provision of service summaries. The incumbent is responsible for completing the following duties/responsibilities: 1. The incumbent will conduct psychosocial intake assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members. 2. The incumbent is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other RRTP disciplines (e.g., medicine, pharmacy, Chaplaincy, Peer Support, vocational rehabilitation, recreational rehabilitation, nursing). 3. The incumbent will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. 4. The incumbent will provide individual, family, and group counseling as appropriate. 5. The incumbent will provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources and VA benefits. 6. The incumbent will act as a consultant to other team/staff members. 7. The incumbent will act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. 8. The incumbent will provide case management to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. 9. The incumbent will provide measurement-based assessment and care using accepted procedures and instruments. 10. The incumbent will provide a full range of therapy services within commonly accepted standards of clinical practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. 11. The incumbent will address Psychiatric Advance Directives and Organ Donation in accordance with the standards of their work area. 12. The incumbent will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate patient/family support groups as appropriate. 13. The incumbent will coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. 14. The incumbent will participate in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the service manager. 15. The incumbent will maintain data, documentation and statistical compilations to comply with TJC, CARF, VA, and medical center policy and procedures. 16. The incumbent will assist patients and their significant others with coping and dealing with the loss and grief experiences in disability, terminal illness and death. 17. The other record keeping system used by the VA and ensure appropriate hand-off when transferring of patient care. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: No Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program - RRTPPD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Basic Requirements: English Language Proficiency. LPMHC's must be proficient in spoken and written English United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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). Education: To qualify for appointment as a LPMHC all applicants must: 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. 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. 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. The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 3 years for a LPMHC that provides care under the clinical supervision of a licensed LPMHC who is 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. . Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-9 (Entry Level) Experience, Education, and Licensure. The GS-9 grade level is the entry grade level for LPMHCs with less than one year of experience(post-master's degree) OR, LPMHCs at the master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed LPMHCs at the GS-9 grade level have completed the required education listed in paragraph 3.b., and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 1. Ability to engage in intake and assessment, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, continuum of care, evaluation and follow-up. 2. Knowledge of current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders in formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical interventions using professional counseling practices. 3. Basic knowledge of professional counseling practice with emphasis on human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, and strategies that address high risk behaviors, wellness, personal growth, and career development across the life span. 4. Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. 5. Ability to serve 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. 6. 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 Telehealth. 7. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA. 8. Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling. 9. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-11 (Full Performance Level) Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's or post- doctoral degree mental health counseling experience (VA or non-VA experience) AND, Must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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 trainees 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. Requires independent judgment and skill. 5. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial 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 facilitate psychotherapy and psycho- education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. This may include evidence based psychotherapy. Preferred Experience: At least 1 year experience assessing and treating clients with Substance Use Disorders. The full performance level of this position is a GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11. References: VA Handbook 5005/106 Part II, Appendix G43 Physical Requirements: Able to meet the physical demands for the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have a good manual dexterity. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken or written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. 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 Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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