The SUD Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPC) is part of the Mental Health Service at the Beckley VA Medical Center. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor-SUD Therapist is responsible for the continuum of professional services within the Beckley VA Medical Center as part of an Outpatient Addictions Interdisciplinary team. Duties may include but are not limited to: Incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges; Employ a high level of skill and expertise and has, or is willing to obtain, specialized training in Evidenced Based Practices (EBP) to further successful outcomes based upon the individual needs of Veterans within the program; Use special knowledge and skills to diagnose emotional stress of the Veteran and family /significant others. Uses a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches based on the diagnostic assessment to minimize those stresses; Develop therapeutic interventions to deal with any manifest dysfunction in emotional or social function that results from the effects of the· chemicals on the body and brain; Refer Veterans to other organizations and community resources (i.e., housing alternatives, personal care services, transportation resources, etc. or other VA governmental resources); Manage and coordinate provision of the following services as appropriate: Activities of daily living; personal care attendant; nutritional management; prosthetic appliances; medical supplies; vocational rehabilitation; leisure and/or vocational interests; peer counseling /support groups; transportation and finances; home evaluations; housing alternatives; and identification, development and utilization of community resources; Provide advance directive (Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare) information and education to the veteran and family, assisting the Veteran in preparing such documents, as requested; Conduct comprehensive SUD assessments by assessing physical, social, and health functioning of Veteran patients; Asses needs of caregivers and their current coping abilities. Provides emotional support and information as warranted; Educate Veteran and family on issues of aging such as loss, illness, disease progression, and functional transition during this life period. Additional emphasis on addressing issues such as advanced directives, financial needs, and future living arrangements Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 8:00a - 4:30p with rotating call Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600288500
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.