The position is located in the Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC). The BHC provides ambulatory care services to substance abusing and emotionally ill male and female Veterans and their significant others. In addition to substance abuse, a significant number of these patients have concurrent psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, medical conditions, and multiple psychosocial stressors. Thus, the biopsychosocial status of many of the BHC patients is severely compromised. Because of the complex array of psychological, medical, and social symptoms presented by BHC patients, the assessment and treatment decisions made by the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor are likely to have serious short-and long-term effects on patients, significant others, and treatment milieu. Like other professional level clinical staff assigned to the BHC, patients are assigned to the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor without prior screening by other BHC staff. Therefore, the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor must have the knowledge and skills to make independent decisions regarding the assessment, treatment, and case management of the diagnostically diverse BHC patient population. As a member of the interdisciplinary BHC team, the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor must form and maintain effective working relationships with staff from the Behavioral Health Clinic, Medical, Nursing, Social Work, Rehabilitation, Chaplain, and Dietetic Services in order to provide patients with an integrated and comprehensive treatment program. The duties and responsibilities below include but are not limited to the following: The incumbent independently conducts intake screenings and evaluations of Veterans and their significant others. When assessing Veterans for admission to the BHC, the incumbent uses the established biopsychosocial admissions criteria to determine the appropriateness of Veterans referred to the BHC for service in the different treatment components. After admission, performs a comprehensive intake assessment that satisfies Joint Commission (JC)standards and provides clinically meaningful information related to the specific cognitive -social learning treatment approach used in the BHC. While the patient is in treatment, the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor continues to reassess and monitor the status of problematic behaviors; routinely evaluates the impact that therapeutic interventions have on patient problems; assesses patients' progress toward meeting treatment goals and objectives; determines the need for additional assessment of specific problem areas; conducts and documents a discharge assessment that summarizes the extent to which each problem is resolved and the extent to which additional treatment is needed; and schedules and monitors specimen collection for assessment of substance abuse. The Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy, as well as crisis intervention. When providing treatment, incumbent relies on own clinical judgment to address patient problems in a fashion that is consistent with the knowledge and skills of other professional staff with Master's level training. Conducts short, medium, long-term in-depth counseling and facilitates both open-ended, process groups; and time-limited, closed, structured groups for patients with substance abuse problems, mental health problems, or co-morbid conditions. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor may also facilitate group counseling and conduct assessments for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). Provides crisis intervention and stabilization to patients and significant others. Crisis intervention requires the incumbent to function with a high degree of independent judgment in responding appropriately and quickly to unique needs/ dangers in crisis situations. The incumbent develops and, as needed, revises treatment plans. He/she will keep abreast of new treatment techniques and evidence based practices. Finally, the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor documents patients' responses to treatment in a manner that facilitates the use of this information by other members of the interdisciplinary team. The case management responsibilities of the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor do not differ from other BHC staff (i.e., Psychologist, Social Worker, or Nurse). If a patient is engaged in therapy with the counselor, he or she will be designated as the Mental Health Treatment Coordinator (MHTC). The role of the MHTC is to coordinate treatment activities to ensure that each patient is provided with an individualized, integrated, biopsychosocial approach to case management. Work Schedule: 8AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598373200
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.