Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration OMH Therapist in Auburn, New York
Summary The Incumbent provides Outpatient Mental Health services to the Veteran population enrolled at the Auburn Community Based Outpatient Clinic's under the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Services include provision of high-quality individual and group therapy, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed by the client. Responsibilities Social Worker Duties: The Social Worker provides Outpatient Mental Health Services to the Veteran population enrolled at Auburn VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic under the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Services include the provision of high-quality individual psychotherapy, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed based on the unique needs of the Veteran. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of the Outpatient Mental Health treatment team and other interdisciplinary treatment teams, as appropriate. Knowledge of the Social Determinants of Health that may affect a wide range of health and quality of life risks and outcomes; the implications on a Veterans wellness, treatment implications, stability, and recovery is important. The Social Worker works within a multidisciplinary treatment team and provides extensive liaison activities with other treatment teams as required to provide continuity of care for the Veterans in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status. Services will be given to Veterans diagnosed with mental health-related disorders, couples, and family-related challenges. Awareness of the impact of substance abuse on the Veteran's mental health and family system is important. Common related disorders may include co-occurring mental health diagnoses such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders; couples and family concerns including domestic/intimate partner violence, and chronic pain. The Social Worker requires specialized knowledge of psychiatric emergency assessment, suicide and homicide risk assessments, crisis intervention, chronic and acute mental health conditions, community resources, and appropriate treatment interventions. The Social Worker will adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, all local social work policies, and maintain an unrestricted, unsuspended license to practice social work. The Social Worker reports directly to the OMH Team Lead. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Duties: The Licensed Mental health Counselor provides Outpatient Mental Health Services to the Veteran population enrolled at Auburn VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic under the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Services include the provision of high-quality individual psychotherapy, case management, crisis intervention, advocacy, coordination of care to other appropriate VA or community service providers/agencies, as needed based on the unique needs of the Veteran. This is accomplished in collaboration with members of Outpatient Mental Health treatment team and other interdisciplinary treatment teams, as appropriate. The LMHC works within a multidisciplinary treatment team and provides extensive liaison activities with other treatment teams as required to provide continuity of care for the Veterans in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status. The Outpatient Mental Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) assumes responsibility for the provision of mental health services to Veterans who are seen on an outpatient basis in the Outpatient Mental Health Services Team (OMH), which is located within the Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic. Services will be given to Veterans diagnosed with mental health-related health related disorders, couples and family related challenges. and substance treatment issues concurrently. Common related disorders may include co-occurring mental health diagnoses such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders, and Personality Disorders; couples and family concerns including domestic/intimate partner violence, and chronic pain. Psychologist Duties include but are not limited to: Providing screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of depressive and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other mental health conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Assessing and providing treatments for sub-clinical symptoms of dysphoria and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, & excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs. Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Providing clinical services through the use of telehealth technology. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM Telework: Not Eligible Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:OMH Therapist/PD21P36-A, PD21P36-A, and PD21P36-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Social Worker (1) Experience and Education: In addition to the education requirement, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. (2) Licensure/Certification: Individuals assigned as program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide clinical supervision. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment g (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and others about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (1) Experience, Education, and Licensure: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of post-master's 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 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. (2) Licensure/Certification: Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation. Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship. 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. Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress. Requires independent judgment and skill. Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced- based practices, screening, and psychosocial assessment. Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills. 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. Ability to develop and facilitate psychotherapy and psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration. This may include evidence-based psychotherapy. Psychologist (1) Experience and Education: In addition to the education requirement, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level, as a professional psychologist that was obtained through employment as a psychologist or through participating in a supervised post-doctoral psychology training program that demonstrates 1) active professional practice that was paid/non-paid employment and/ or 2) a full, current and unrestricted license. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current psychology practice: Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to a full range of patient populations. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. Knowledge of clinical research literature. (2) Licensure/Certification: Candidates must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of, and ability to apply, professional psychological treatments to the full range of patient populations. b) Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional psychology and behavioral health. c) Knowledge of clinical research literature. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: This position may be filled at the GS-11 Grade level as a Social Worker or Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, or at the GS-13 Grade level as a Psychologist. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11 for the Social Worker and Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and GS-13 for the Psychologist. Education Social Worker Education: Must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or a master's degree in mental health counseling from a school accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work or mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work or mental health counseling. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Education: Must have 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. Psychologist Education: A doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. 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: 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 receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. 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