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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Sr. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Suicide Prevention Care Manager) in Topeka, Kansas

Summary The incumbent is a member of the Suicide Prevention Team located in Topeka, KS. Responsibilities This position can be filled by a Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, or Psychologist. The following is a list of the open announcements for this position. Interested candidates who are Current, Permanent Federal Employees Psychologist - CBSS-EA-11097471-21-MTL Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - CBSS-EA-11097593-21-MTL Senior Social Worker - CBSS-EA-11097520-21-MTL Interested candidates who are not Current, Permanent Federal Employees Psychologist - CBSS-EA-11097503-21-MTL Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - CBSS-EA-11097657-21-MTL Senior Social Worker - CBSS-EA-11097582-21-MTL The Suicide Prevention Care Manager is assigned to provide the full range of psychological services at the Eastern Kansas Health Care System (EKHCS) Topeka, Kansas location. This includes psychological assessment, evidence based individual and/or group psychotherapy (where applicable), psychoeducational intervention, and team consultation in the clinical management of Veteran/patient care. Major duties include: Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients. Providing comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Developing, implementing, and documenting psychotherapeutic treatment plans for patients who require such treatment. Evaluating suicide risk and protective factors. Identifying veterans at High Risk for Suicide and placing, reviewing, and inactivating Category I Patient Record Flags - High Risk for Suicide. Tracking/coordinating care for veterans flagged as High Risk for Suicide. Tracking and reporting data related to treatment for veterans flagged as High Risk for Suicide, suicide attempts, preparatory behaviors, and deaths by suicide. Contacting family members of veterans who die by suicide. Engaging in suicide risk crisis intervention. Responding to consults placed by Veterans Crisis Line responders. Providing education to staff about suicide risk and protective factors, suicide risk screening and comprehensive suicide risk evaluation, gatekeeper training, safety planning, suicide behavior reporting, and general suicide prevention information. Providing education about suicide risk and protective factors to patients, family members, and significant others. Providing gatekeeper training to veterans in residential treatment programs. Consulting with staff in all parts of the hospital regarding identifying and treatment planning for high risk or potentially high risk veterans. Interacting with community partners, such as law enforcement or community hospitals to identify and ensure timely follow-up treatment for high risk veterans. Conducting community outreach and education regarding suicide risk and protective factors, gatekeeper training, and awareness of the Veterans Crisis Line. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. 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 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. Licensure: 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. Preferred Experience: Experience working with Suicide Prevention Programs. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex LPMHC experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior LPMHCs must have five years of post-licensed experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressive professional competency and expertise and be licensed to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority of services needed and provide specialized treatment. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities for Veterans with complex needs. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling, or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial, and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on data. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the psychosocial treatment of patients, rendering professional opinions based on experience, expertise and role modeling effective clinical skills. Ability to teach, mentor staff and trainees, and provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. Ability to engage in written and oral communication with leadership/staff and community stakeholders regarding policies, procedures, practice guidelines, and issues pertaining to the practice of the profession. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard GS-101 Physical Requirements: Physical demands are typical of an office setting. There will be light lifting, under 15 pounds, Walking up to (2 hours), ability to read written material, Hearing (aid permitted). Education 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. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.