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Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: June 10, 2021

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The Greater Los Angeles VA is recruiting to fill Ten (10) positions as a Marriage and Family Therapist for Mental Health Service at the following locations: (1) West Los Angeles (Main Campus), (4) Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center, (1) Bakersfield CBOC (1) East Los Angeles CBOC, (3) Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center. The positions are located in the following clinics: (2) Substance Use Disorders; (5) Serious Mental Health Clinics; and (2) General Mental Health Clinics; (1) Phone Triage Clinic.

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The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team within the Mental Health Service Line. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating and providing specialty mental health counseling, conducting assessment interviews, developing treatment plans and providing treatment to eligible Veterans.

  • Serious Mental Health Clinic: Serves as a member of the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery (ICMHR) program or the Psychosocial Recovery & Rehabilitation Center (PRRC) and is stationed at either the main campus at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, or at one of two (2) ambulatory care sites (Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) or Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (SACC).
  • Substance Use Disorder: Provides a full range of psychological services for Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs which includes Addictive Behavior (ABC) and Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).
  • General Mental Health Clinic: Provides psychotherapy to address a broad range of mental health disorders, including PTSD, anxiety-related disorders, mood-related, substance use disorders and other mental health conditions in person and/or via clinical video telehealth (CVT).
  • Telephone Triage (GLA Mental Health Access Line): Responsibilities include telephone and/or tele brief but comprehensive (CVT) triage, assessment, crisis intervention, and/or referral for connection for ongoing care. Works as part of a multidisciplinary clinical team providing same day access to brief tele-mental health triage, functional assessment, intervention & referral services. Team will primarily service outlying Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).

The duties and responsibilities includes but are not limited to:

  • Providing professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendations regarding the mental health care of Veterans for treatment planning and implementation of care.
  • Providing comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy, including Time-limited, and Evidence Based Practice models of care, and Recovery-Oriented interventions
  • Working in a trans-disciplinary team setting with psychologists, social workers, nurses, peer support specialists, and a social science tech/social work associate.
  • Providing consultation to other team members and participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel.
  • Assisting with data collection/analysis, program evaluation and development to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Providing care coordination, case management, and other ancillary functions to the provision of professional treatment and team-based services as assigned.
  • Providing coordination, development and promotion of programs emphasizing group and individual treatment, other treatment modalities for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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


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.
  • Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions must hold a full, current, and unrestricted MFT license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. [Exception: VHA may waive the licensure requirement for applicants who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure. This exception only applies up to the Full Performance Level (GS-11). 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.[A copy of current license, must be submitted with application]
  • English Language Proficiency: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.
  • Education. Candidates must have a 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 [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. [Transcripts showing conferral date, must be submitted at time of application must].

Preferred Experience:

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be also be met:

GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full Performance Level):

Experience, Education and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-master's or post-doctoral degree mental health counseling experience (VA or non-VA experience) and must be licensed at the independent practice level and must demonstrate the below Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). LPMHC may provide clinical supervision over the clinical practice of an unlicensed LPMHC or LPMHC trainee. Some state licenses do not license an individual to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs.

  • Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.
  • Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.
  • 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.

  • Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill.
  • Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment.
  • Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Assignments. This is the full performance grade level for LPMHCs. At this level they are licensed to independently practice professional counseling and to provide mental health services within the knowledge, theory, and training foundations of professional counseling. LPMHCs may be assigned to any VHA area, consulting with peers and supervisors as appropriate. May be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

References: VA Handbook 5005/101, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard, GS-101 Veterans Health Administration.

Physical Requirements: Lift lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; hearing

(aid permitted); emotional stability.


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: 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:

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