The LPMHC holds 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. The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor or the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine located in Temple, Texas. Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: The entry level is used for LPMHCs with less than one year of post-master's degree experience or for LPMHCs who are graduates, not yet licensed at the independent practice level. The LPMHC for whom this functional statement applies is assigned to the PTSD Residential Recovery and Rehabilitation Treatment Program in the Domiciliary within Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine (MH&BM) Service. In addition to providing direct patient care, this LPMHC does not have collateral research obligations or supervisory responsibilities. Functions or scope of assigned duties: LPMHC, GS-0101-09 and GS-0101-11 - Engages in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, evaluation and follow-up. 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). Possesses knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional Practice of counseling. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.- Makes professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.- Possesses advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.- Provides 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. Provides complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Establishes goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment. Fully utilizes the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices. Develops and delivers psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned veterans and conducts the duties of this role. Participates as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed. Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings as held by CTVHCS and MH&BM management. Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings, and complies with peer review procedures. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Some Nights and/or Weekends 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.