Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (BHIP Treatment Facilitator)

Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Harlingen, TX - Sep 24, 2022 via USAJobs

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The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) serves as a member of the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP).

BHIP is a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals which provides comprehensive, accessible, Veteran-centered mental health care.

The BHIP Treatment Facilitator will be a member of all BHIP teams within the clinic and is responsible for various aspects of treatment coordination.

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

English Language Proficiency Requirement - Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English.


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.

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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.


Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment.


VHA may waive the licensure requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure.

This exception only applies up to the full performance level.

For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Preferred Experience: Experience providing mental health care within the VA Experience coordinating care among providers/programs/facilities Experience assessing risk and identifying appropriate treatment options Willingness to be flexible with daily schedule Ability to multi-task Experience talking with Veterans about the importance of recovery-oriented episodes of care, measurement based care, and evidence-based psychotherapy.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, GS-11 (Full Performance Level) In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-masters 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.nDemonstrated 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:n1.

Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.n2.

Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.n3.

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.n4.

Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress.

Requires independent judgment and skill.n5.

Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psycho social assessment.n6.

Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.n7.

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.n8.

Ability to develop and facilitate psychotherapy and psychoeducation 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 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds), light carrying (under 15 pounds) reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required; walking (1 hour), standing (1 hour), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted) cognitive, mental and emotional stability.


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