Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Oklahoma City, OK
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1821886

OUR MISSION: 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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 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.**

This is an External announcement. Facility, VA, or other Federal employees with status MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement #1821849. All Applicants applying under the external announcement will be subject to veteran's preference.


As a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor,you will be assigned as a member of the Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC). You will be responsible for providing a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnosing mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. You will be an expert in addictions, the harm reduction model, the recovery model/philosophy, motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to providing direct patient care, this provider may have collateral administrative duties; including helping the Administrative Director of SATC with various performance improvement and quality management activities.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • Provide case management and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions.

  • Provide education to patients, family members, and significant others.

  • Develop comprehensive and unique goal-directed psychotherapeutic treatment plans.

  • Provide consultation to other staff members and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans.

  • Assist SAC Director in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Non-traditional hours including weekends may be required. *Functional Statement Title/#: *Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor/000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Licensure Required at Full Performance Level
  • Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling/Related Field-CACREP accredited

Basic Requirements:

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

Education. A 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. (COPY of Transcript must be submitted)

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. (COPY of license must be submitted)

Exception: The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a LPMHC that provides care under the supervision of a licensed LPMHC 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

English Language Proficiency. LPMHC's must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA 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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Entry Level)

The entry level is used for LPMHCs with less than one year of post-masters degree experience or for LPMHCs who are graduates, not yet licensed at the independent practice level.

In addition to the basic requirements, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs below:

*GS-9 KSAs: *1. Ability to engage in information gathering, problem identification, diagnosis, treatment planning, implementation, 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. Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case laws, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of counseling. 8. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.

GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full Performance Level)

Experience for the GS 11-In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience; OR A doctoral degree in mental health counseling, or a related field-(may be substituted for the 1 year post-master's degree experience).

Also, candidates must demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level, the candidate must demonstrate the GS 11 KSA's below:

GS-11 KSAs: 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, This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

*Physical Requirements: *The work of the position is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-20 lbs) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking (up to 6 hours per day); Standing (up to 8 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously' Correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; Hearing (Aid permitted). Drives occasionally.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This is an External announcement. Facility, VA, or other Federal employees with status MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement #1821849. All Applicants applying under the external announcement will be subject to veteran’s preference.

Control Number: 452961300

Job Announcement Number: RT-17-JS-1821886-BU