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License Professional Mental Counselor BHIP Mental Health Clinic

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Colorado Springs
Posted on: June 12, 2021

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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 CBOC.

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 You can work up to 4 days telework, and one day in the office.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel 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 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.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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 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 Abilities:

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 orientation.

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 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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