The Senior Licensed Professional Counselor works within the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP) PTSD Specialist provides psychotherapy services to the Veteran population, including but not limited to, group and individual psychotherapy using evidence-based practices. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor is expected to attend training (when travel is provided by VISN/VACO), complete the certification requirements for CBT-SUD, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET, Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT), and deliver these therapies as part of the standard work for this position.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Ability to independently provide psychosocial assessment and treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds.
Ability to independently work with Veterans and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group, and family therapy skills.
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.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds.
Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnosis, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology.
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veteran's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the Veteran, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, and families.
Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities for Veterans with complex needs.
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 independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
Coordinates treatment planning and delivery of services that best meet the needs of patients diagnosed with co-occurring PTSD and SUD.
Provides direct, concurrent, clinical care using established evidence-based practices for Veterans with PTSD presenting to the team.
Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services, especially in the areas of PTSD psychological evaluation and suicide assessment;
Evidence-based treatments to be provided to Veterans individually or in group format with appropriate documentation and measurement of effectiveness and Veteran response using clinical judgment and standardized assessment instruments.
Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls and secure messages, writing reports, attending organizational meetings.
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 held by the Chief of Behavioral Health Service Line, RRTP Chief, RRTP Program Manager, Chief of Staff, and facility Director
Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
May be available upon completion of probationary period.
May be available for a highly qualified candidate with a possible weekend commitment. This is coordinated by Supervisor.