Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Compensated Work Therapy/Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, Full-time, Normally 8 AM - 4:30 PM; however, the incumbent may be required to assume an irregular tour of duty, which may include evening hours and weekends on an as needed basis Duty Location:Mental Health Service Line, VA Black Hills Health Care System, Hot Springs, SD Functional Statement Title/#:Compensated Work Therapy/Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-0101-9/11 NOTE: This position does not require a financial disclosure.
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Incumbent serves as Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) at the VA Black Hills Health Care System Compensated Work Therapy/Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program (CWT/DCHV) located in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Incumbent's duties will include providing clinical and vocational services. The incumbent is responsible for all clinical duties of the program, providing treatment to Veterans who are homeless and diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness in a major specialty, such as Veterans with a diagnosis of Substance Abuse Disorder, PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, etc. These services include provision of high quality case management, clinical treatment, vocational services, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers /agencies, as needed by the client. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of the Licensed Professional Counselor Mental Health's respective members of their Vocational Rehabilitation Treatment Team and other interdisciplinary treatment teams, as appropriate.
The incumbent provides direct patient care services in the program. Clinically, the incumbent is responsible for direct patient care services. Administratively, the Incumbent will be responsible for Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) data management and VA Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) data entry and discharge forms. This includes data collection on entry to the program and follow-up data. The incumbent will be responsible to ensure the program is compliant with all Joint Commission, CARF, VA Black Hills Health Care policies and procedures and VA Central Office guidelines and procedures. This is a vocational psychosocial rehabilitation program requiring knowledge, insight, and skills for evaluating and placing individuals with disabilities in supported and competitive employment. Working with staff, other programs and Veterans to reduce barriers to employment and to assume advocacy roles for the disabled will be a major duty.
25% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- 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
- Must submit all required documents.
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Hold a master's or 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. 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.
At the GS 11 level, must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment. VHA Licensed Professional Counselors who are not licensed at the time of appointment must become licensed within 3 years of their appointment as a licensed professional counselor.
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.
Preferred Experience: Experience providing professional, independent mental health counseling services in the area of homelessness, Mental Health, Addictive Disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Grade Determinations: GS-9 (Entry level) (a) Experience, Education, and Licensure.The GS-9 grade level is the entry grade level for LPMHCs with less than one year of experience (post-master's degree) orfor LPMHCs at the master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed LPMHCs at the GS-9 grade level have completed the required education listed in paragraph 3.b., and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure. In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (c) below. (b) Assignments.Individuals assigned as GS-9 LPMHCs are considered to be at the entry level and are closely supervised, including co-signatures where required, as they are not functioning at the full performance level. They are typically assigned to VHA areas that do not require specialized knowledge or experience. Since they are not practicing at an independent level, they should not be assigned to areas where independent practice is required, such as in a CBOC, unless there is a licensed LPMHC in the area who can provide supervision for practice. Under supervision, LPMHCs at this level provide professional mental health counseling services. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 1. Ability to engage in intake and assessment, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning and implementation, continuum of care, evaluation and follow-up. 2. Knowledge of current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders in formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical interventions using professional counseling practices. 3. Basic knowledge of professional counseling practice with emphasis on human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, and strategies that address high risk behaviors, wellness, personal growth, and career development across the life span. 4. Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or family counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. 5. Ability to serve 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. 6. 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 Telehealth. 7. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA. 8. Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling. 9. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
GS-11 (Full performance level) (a) Experience, Education, and Licensure.In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's or post- doctoral degree mental health counseling experience (VA or non-VA experience) and must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (c) below. LPMHCs 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. Please refer to specific state licensing laws regarding the requirements for providing clinical supervision. (b) 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. LPMHCs may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of 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 and maintaining an effective counseling relationship. 3. 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. 4. Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill. 5. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial 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 facilitate psychotherapy and psycho- education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. This may include evidence based psychotherapy.
References: VA Handbook 5005/106, Part II, Appendix G43. This can also be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 9 to GS 11.
Physical Requirements:The physical demands of the work can vary between minor and significant. The administrative work is primarily sedentary. However, job coaching may require the demonstration to the veteran of relatively demanding physical tasks, including the handling of items of significant weight. There may be stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally assaultive.
The work environment involves the risks or discomforts and precautions that are typical of a variety of work settings, including (but not limited to) hospitals, offices, meeting rooms, factories, warehouses, small businesses, farming, and grounds maintenance. There may be occasional risk of physical harm, which may require special precautions and training. This position will require working in the community and frequent driving will be required to include transporting Veterans as needed. A valid driver's license will be required. Travel to other VA Black Hills Health Care sites will be required. Some work will be performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office.
IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application.
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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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- Required Documents
To apply for this position you must submit a complete application package which, in addition to the on-line questionnaire, includes the following required documents:
VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Must be signed and dated.
Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. (required)
Copy of License to independently practice mental health counseling. (required if applying for GS 11)
SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (if applicable)
A copy of your transcripts that shows degree conferred and conferral date. A list of classes is not acceptable. (required)
A copy of your current valid driver's license (required).
DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or Member 2 copy of the DD214 that shows Character of Service. (if applicable)
Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter and SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/sf15.pdf (if applicable)
Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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- 10-2850, license, drivers license
- Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/21/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
(605) 745-2000 X2161
VA Black Hills Health Care System 113 Comanche Road Fort Meade, SD US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498377200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 05/01/2018 to 05/21/2018
Salary: $50,598 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent