The BHIP Program provides outpatient mental health treatment to veterans with mental health diagnoses. The VA Portland Health Care System is a Complexity Level I a Facility and provides extensive primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary care in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings. The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) will provide mental health services to the Veteran population enrolled at the VA Portland Health Care System Screening/Assessment The Licensed Professional Counselor will develop an assessment of the Veteran in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team, the Veteran, family members and significant others. The goal of the assessment is to highlight the Veteran's strengths, limitations, and internal/external supports and service needs in order to optimize the Veteran's functional status. The biopsychosocial assessment will include clinical interview, administration of psychiatric test instruments, and/or collateral information. Based on the biopsychosocial assessment, the mental health Licensed Professional Counselor uses professional judgment and beginning practice skills to diagnose using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The Licensed Professional Counselor provides goal planning, evaluation, and intervention with serious and complicated, highly diverse cases involving psychiatric illness. He/she demonstrates an understanding of current techniques to the treatment of this Veteran population related to their physical limitations, psychological needs, psychiatric conditions, environmental needs and age associated illnesses and conditions. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting The Licensed Professional Counselor develops and/or contributes to the development of the mental health treatment plan and the setting of achievable treatment goals with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. The Licensed Professional Counselor provides consultation and makes recommendations to the interdisciplinary team on course of treatment. Documentation/ Productivity The Licensed Professional Counselor will complete documentation in compliance with appropriate documentation standards. The Licensed Professional Counselor consistently maintains an acceptable level of productivity per guidelines which may include special assignments. Referral to service providers Throughout the course of treatment the Licensed Professional Counselor is the specialist on VA and/or community resources. The Licensed Professional Counselor will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs. The Licensed Professional Counselor is responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them with appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker related to mental health issues. Resource Usage/Development The Licensed Professional Counselor is responsible for using current social work resources and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of Veterans. The Licensed Professional Counselor will refer the Veteran to needed services. Crisis Intervention The Licensed Professional Counselor makes rapid assessments and develops crisis management plans for various types of crisis including housing emergencies, psychiatric, suicidality, and other high risk behaviors/situations. The Licensed Professional Counselor will assess for suicidality and self-harm and provide appropriate intervention including but not limited to safety planning. The Licensed Professional Counselor will assist with admission to mental health inpatient programs as needed. The Licensed Professional Counselor has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. Coordination of care The Licensed Professional Counselor will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths, limitations and needs of each Veteran being referred for mental health services. He/she will establish and maintain regular liaison with care providers to Veterans in local community agencies and facilities (hospitals, clinic, etc) for the purpose of coordinated care, when indicated. Psychotherapy The Licensed Professional Counselor will provide the client with psychotherapy and/or psychosocial treatment. The purpose of such therapy is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic/disabling psychiatric illness( es), onset of a catastrophic illness, and to promote psychiatric wellness. The Licensed Professional Counselor provides therapy to individuals and families as well as groups. Under close supervision by an advanced practice licensed provider, the Licensed Professional Counselor may provide psychosocial treatment, to include psychotherapy, working with individuals, families, and/or groups. Case management The Licensed Professional Counselor will provide comprehensive case management services. These services include, but are not limited to, assistance with housing, income and benefits, community programs/services and VA programs and/or will provide placement assistance to ensure the Veterans care needs are being met. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 0800-1630 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599713100
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.