Licensed Mental Health Professional Counselor

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)1286732
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 honoringthe men and women who are America's Veterans.
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 /.
If you are looking for an exciting career challenge in a beautiful Colorado town the Grand Junction VAMC and surrounding areas have a lot to offer. The growing city has 60,000 residents making it the largest city in western Colorado and sits at 4,593 feet above sea level. Grand Junction is located on the Western Slope of Colorado where the weather is known to be mild throughout the year due to the lower altitude. Grand Junction VAMC is the home of Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Other well-known activities in the area are camping, hunting, hiking, mountain and road biking, rock climbing, golfing, rafting, fishing, skiing, and the vast amount of orchards and wineries. Grand Junction is known for the fresh peaches and other produce available, which in turn produce weekly farmer's market.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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.
Major Duties:
Incumbent develops an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members, and significant others.
Incumbent develops treatment plans with the Veterans based on assessments, which sets achievable treatment goals with the Veterans and family.
Incumbent maintains accurate and up-to-date information and experience on all VA and/or community based resources.
Incumbent educates Veterans and/or caregivers of available services, as well as, facilitating assess to all appropriate referrals for the benefit of the Veterans. Incumbent will coordinate and collaborate with all other service providers.
Incumbent will act as an advocate when it services the best interest of the Veteran/family.
Incumbent makes rapid assessments and develops crisis management plans.
Incumbent will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strength and limitations of each Veteran begin referred for mental health services.
Incumbent will provide the Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling to include individual, family, and group psychotherapy to Veterans as determined necessary.
Incumbent assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
Incumbent will provide case management services, social work assessments, and supportive counseling to those patients admitted to the Inpatient Psychiatry Service.
Incumbent is assigned to the Mental Health Clinic in the Psychiatry Service, which has responsibility for providing a full range of therapeutic and case management services to Veterans and families.
Case Management for Inpatient Psychiatry Service - The social worker will provide case management services, social work assessments, and supportive counseling to those patients admitted to the Inpatient Psychiatry Service. This includes coordination and referral to with non-VA facilities and VA facilities. The social worker is also responsible for the coordination of care as the patient transitions back to our facility. The social worker will attend any telephone conferences or telephone calls established for the coordination of care.
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. Hold 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). A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health counseling.
Licensure. Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes diagnosis and treatment.
Demonstrated an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions.
Must have working knowledge of the DSM IV including but not limited to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other commonly seen problems of the Veteran patient.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of human growth and development, age-appropriate needs and concerns of the Veteran patient, and be able to apply current and advanced techniques to the treatment of this population.
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 for GS-11: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience.
References: VA Handbook 5005/42, part II, Appendix G43, reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard. 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 /. 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: This position is primarily sedentary with sitting, standing, walking, bending/stooping, twisting, pulling/pushing, and lifting up to 10 lbs.
Your application, r sum 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 recommend the grade and salary for new appointments.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete theView Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onMonday, January 12, 2015 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package._NOTE_: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
Other (VA 10-2850c)
Other Veterans Document
Remove this statement if you are NOT requiring this form at the time of application: VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available ) (required) .
Please use thischecklist__to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the applicationchecklist or .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site:Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is1286732.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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