Sep 23, 2019

Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Texas, USA
Full time Mental Health/Counseling

Job Description


This position is located in the Mental Health Clinic. The incumbent independently completes complete social histories and psychosocial assessments, deliver crisis intervention services, provide individual and group psychotherapies, and specialized clinical interventions. In addition, the incumbent will provide didactic and psycho educational instruction for Veterans served by the program and may include provision to their families and the community


Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under CBCI-10411756-19-BF 

  • Completes social histories and psychosocial assessments for patients.
  • Develops individualized plan of care or treatment plan for patients.
  • Conducts individual, group, and family clinical interventions designed to facilitate the identification of co-occurring mental health disorders, and social needs as treatment issues.
  • Identifies high risk patients and provides case management and therapy services
  • Provides crisis intervention services to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint.
  • Arrange referral and placement of patients for treatment, social support, vocational/educational, and other adjunctive services.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Job Requirements/Qualification:

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
  • A pre-employment medical screening is required


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/20/2019. 

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. 
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. 

Grade Determination: 
GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Full Performance Level)
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of post-master's degree mental health counseling experience; 
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 meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: 
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 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard Appendix G43 dated April 03,2018 

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is the GS-11. 

Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary in nature and manual dexterity is required for operation of a computer.Light lifting, under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted)


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: .