Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Sayre CBOC)
Company: Veterans Health Administration
Posted on: April 9, 2021
Applicants pending the completion of educational or
certification/licensure requirements may be referred and
tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements
BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA
LPMHC are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. --7402(b)(11). To
qualify for appointment as a LPMHC all applicants must:
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may
be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A,
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.
(1) 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.. 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 3j GRADE
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
(a) Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic
requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's
degree mental health counseling experience;OR In 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.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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
andmaintaining 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. The
full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade
at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/42 Part II Appendix G43
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