Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Cheyenne, WY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 844692

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required

Licensure DUTIES:
Overview:
The Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Program Coordinator is considered the manager of programs and services related to MST, and assigned to the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) and will work collaboratively with leadership, staff, and veterans to meet the mandates of public laws, VA directives and Uniform Mental Health Services. The Licensed Professional Mental health Counselor (LPMHC) is assigned to the MHSL and will work autonomously to provide case assessment, diagnostics, treatment, and discharge planning to veterans requiring mental health treatment. The incumbent will function as a counselor, case manager, consultant, and educator, while providing a full range of psychotherapy modalities with individuals, couples, and groups.

Functions:
The MST Program Coordinator will serve as the point person for MST related issues. The MST Program Coordinator will stay abreast of MST related knowledge, skills, and changes relevant to MST public laws, directive and provisions within the Uniform Mental Health Services. The MST Program Coordinator will provide leadership and staff with information related to MST.

The MST Coordinator will develop, maintain, and monitor a plan to conduct universal MST screening at their facility. The MST Coordinator will monitor MST screening to assure the facility meets and/or exceeds the performance standard set by VACO, in accordance with public laws and directives. In addition, the MST Coordinator will collaborate with IRM to resolve identified problems with the MST screening software package and accuracy of data. The MST Coordinator will generate screening reminder reports and distribute accordingly to providers and locations. The MST Coordinator will maintain confidential documentation of MST screening, aggregated by gender. The MST Coordinator will receive all MST consults to assure gender preferences and accessibility, in accordance with Uniform Mental Health services. The MST Coordinator will monitor MST screening reminders and assist providers through education and support in screening and generating consults.

The MST Coordinator will provide staff education on MST screening, consults, available treatments, resources, and screening, eligibility, and billing. Additionally, the MST Coordinator will provide continuing education opportunities for staff working directly with veterans living with MST. The MST Coordinator will provide individual and group counseling services using evidence based treatment and alternative intervention methods. Provides Psychiatric emergency On-call crisis support. The MST Coordinator will participate in ongoing MST related trainings, monthly education and conference calls. The MHSL LPMHC provides case assessment and psychiatric diagnosis, treatment planning, and assumes responsibility for coordinating care and discharge planning. Provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy services to veterans with a wide range of mental health disorders. Maintains appropriate records including Initial Psychiatric Intakes and History, treatment plans, referrals, testing, progress notes of each psychotherapy session, and termination notes. Assesses the mental status and performs risk assessment of veterans at each visit.

Relocation expenses are not offered and therefore will not be reimbursed.

The incumbent will participate in the Mental Health clinical on-call rotation & Crisis Support, provide Tele-Mental Health, serve on Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams, and maintain a patient panel.

If you are assigned to an out-patient clinic (Fort Collins, Greeley, Colorado, etc.): on occasion and as needed, travel to Cheyenne VA is expected and is at your own cost to fulfill responsibilities of this position-

(One time- New Employee Orientation, renewal of PIV ID badge, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. citizenship
Education
Licensure
English language proficiency

Basic Requirements:
Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States (Non-citizens may e appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Education: 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.

Licenser: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment, in a State.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS: GS-12 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area such as, but not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), or other areas of equivalent scope and complexity. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs , the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

1. Advanced knowledge in program planning and development of policies and procedures.

2. Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates.

3. Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults, assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges.

4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and students within the field of counseling working on an interdisciplinary team.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm . ]

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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