Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 10, 2021
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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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
- 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
- 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 http://www.cacrep.org/directory/.
[NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are
accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards
as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical
counseling. [Transcripts showing conferral date, must be
submitted at time of application must].
Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the
following criteria must be also be met:
GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full
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
- 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
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
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.
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