The LPMHC is assigned to the Mental Health Clinic (MHC) Team 100% time through the greater Austin Outpatient Clinic. The LPMHC's primary duties include provided case management services for Veterans engaged in mental health treatment through the Austin OPC. The incumbent will also, to a lesser degree, apply psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. The CTVHCS is recruiting for a highly qualified Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) for the Mental Health & Behavioral Medicine, Mental Health Clinic located in Austin, Texas. Major Duties as Assigned, but not limited to: LPMHC, GS-0101-09 and GS-0101-11: The LPMHC's primary duties will be case management and care coordination for Veterans served by the MHC. The LPMHC's may also have assigned duties that involve initial assessment and brief psychological treatment for Veterans with a wide range of co-occurring disorders, including but not limited to anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance use, as well as those with complex co-occurring medical conditions. The LPMHC is a member of an interdisciplinary MHC team and provides evidence-based individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to veterans. The LPMHC applies psychological diagnostic methods and evidence-based intervention strategies to a full range of patient problems in his/her work setting. S/he has knowledge of psychological diagnosis, intervention, and behavioral health as it impacts and is impacted by health related conditions that qualifies him/her to provide advice and consultation to professionals representing a variety of disciplines. The primary job functions of LPMHC at this level include the provision of direct psychological patient care to Veterans in an outpatient general mental health clinic. The LPMHC for whom this functional statement applies is assigned to the MHC Team the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Service at the Austin Outpatient Clinic and the Central Texas VA Healthcare System. This LPMHC does not have collateral research obligations or supervisory responsibilities. Direct Patient Care Functions (100%): Provide case management and care coordination services. Possesses knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction, formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools. Independently assesses the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and the knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plan through continuous assessment identifying the patient's problems, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client system. This includes the utilization of testing measures where appropriate. Provides counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples and families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring and reorganizing of the client system. Possesses knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of marriage and family therapy. This includes the ability to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment to include limits of confidentiality. Demonstrates skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements. Serves as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC) for assigned veterans and conducts the duties of this role. Participates as a member of medical center hospital committees as directed. Maintains appropriate records and follow-up data on patients who are their responsibility. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings as held by CTVHCS and MH&BM management. Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, MH&BM staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures. Other duties as assigned based on clinic needs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.