Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, HUD/VASH in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1998768

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.

If you are NOT a current VA employee, please apply under announcement # 442-17-CSP-2820482-PC-BU-E


Specifically directed toward homeless veterans and their families or veterans at risk for homelessness, this counselor is responsible for program development, oversight, monitoring, administration and effectiveness, serving as the primary contact with local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and providing case-management based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA Medical Center, community health or Mental Health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assists in planning, establishing, implementing policies and procedures. The incumbent will assist the HCHV/Homeless Coordinator with overseeing the data collection and administrative record keeping, and monitors patient or program clinical indicators, thresholds, and performance measurements.

  • Implements and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUDNASH veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of the medical center mental health services and residential programs.

  • Interviews veterans and their family members/significant others to establish facts about the veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the veteran's functioning and health as part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.

  • Provides clinical services to veterans and family members/significant others in support of the veteran's treatment.

  • Establishes a continuing relationship with the veteran, evaluating progress toward goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate.

  • Provides crisis intervention when indicated including evaluation, assessment, triage, initiation of/support in Emergency Detention procedures, and disposition of patients experiencing behavioral health emergencies. As a licensed behavioral health professional, is required to provide "on-call" consultative services during evenings, nights and weekends, on a rotating basis with other qualified MHSL staff. While "on call" the incumbent is available to respond, by phone and in person as indicated by the situation, to the medical center to provide "on call" consultative behavioral health services timely. These services include evaluation, diagnosis, assessment, triage, and supporting the emergency department, medical units and RRTP in the disposition (especially recommended level of care) for patients presenting with behavioral health emergencies during off hours.

Work Schedule:Monday – Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm


Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel within the community to provide veteran assistance with obtaining housing, meeting with community partners (landlords, etc)
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Agency Employees Only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be a current VA employee to be considered.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education. Hold a master's degree in mental health 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; and Marriage and Family Therapy. A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health 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 Determinations for GS-11 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor-

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.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs).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.

Preferred Experience:

Knowledge and experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk for homelessness. Experience working in conjunction with community partners and systems in accessing local and state resources. Experience or ability to work from scheduled activity and also to prioritize tasks when needed, which may entail deviation from a planned day.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor VA Qualification Standards

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.

Physical Requirements:

Pre-employment physical is required. The work is mostly sedentary and is performed in a clinic responsible for treating patients with a wide variety of medical problems. Normal safety precautions and practices are required for working a health care environment. This position requires emotional ability to deal effectively with multi-tasking and high volume of patient flow. Other physical demands include reaching, bending, stretching, walking, and carrying light loads of supplies.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

  • EEO Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

This position does NOT have a requirement to file a Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450).

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $60,210 to $78,270 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Series: 0101 Social Science

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only NTE 1 year

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: 442-17-CSP-2820482-PC-BU-I

Control number: 476777400