The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health
Service Line is currently recruiting for 4 Behavioral Health
Integrated Program Providers for the Colorado Springs Mental Health
Clinic, in Colorado Springs Colorado.
This is a multi-discipline position and selections can be made
from the following, Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental
Health Counselor and Psychologist.
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The incumbent provides educational, facilitative, and
therapeutic leadership with veterans' group and individual therapy
treatments within the Mental Health Clinic of the Colorado Springs
The incumbent, being trained and experienced in the interviewing
and assessment of mental health conditions, will perform initial
and follow-up evaluations, treatment planning and individual and
group evidenced based psychotherapies. Familiarity with Veterans
issues to include PTSD is strongly desired.
The incumbent, being trained and experienced in crisis
management, also provides emergency care, as needed, for all
patients enrolled in the CBOC, including referring patients for
emergency primary care treatment, psychiatric medication
evaluation, or coordinating the admission of patients to the
inpatient psychiatric unit of the Denver VA Medical Center or other
VA facilities or local non-VA facilities.
The incumbent, being trained and experienced in the treatment of
patients who suffer from mental disorders, either alone, or in
combination with other medical conditions, provides a range of
treatment services, including but not limited to individual,
couples and group treatment. Group treatment includes
psycho-educational as well as psychotherapeutic groups He or she
uses evidence-based treatment methods whenever possible
The incumbent actively participates in staff meetings regarding
clinical. administrative, and staff development issues.
The incumbent maintains up-to-date charting in the Computerized
Patient Record System (CPRS), documenting all assessment, treatment
and case management contacts with patients.
The incumbent actively participates in program planning and
development, making recommendations for changes in policies and
procedures as needs and opportunities arise.
The incumbent takes responsibility for improving the skills of
other professionals in the CBOC participating in the planning and
executing of specific staff-development projects, attending
seminars and other training events, and participating in the
training programs of other disciplines (psychology, psychiatry
nursing and social work and addiction counseling) as requested.
General knowledge of veterans' benefits and services relating to
special programs, service connected compensation. and
non-service-connected pension is required. He/She facilitates
referrals based upon veteran's needs and eligibility.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 am. to 4:30 p.m.
Compress Schedules: Available
Telework: Can telework up to four days per week, must be in the
clinic one day
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
* Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
* Addiction Counselors * Counselors, Addiction * Counselors,
Educational * Counselors, Mental Health * Educational Counselors *
Mental Health Counselors
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
To qualify for this position you must meet the requirements of
this position by the closing date of this announcement.
Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not
possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA
Education: 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. 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 Rehabilitation 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.
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 Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the
grade of candidates.
Experience: 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.
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, you must be
able to demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and
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 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
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/42 Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed
Professional Mental Health Counselor qualification standards.
Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion
such as prolonged periods of standing, bending, reaching,
crouching, stooping, stretching and lifting moderately heavy items
such as manuals and records boxes.
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
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