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This position is assigned to the Chaplain Section, Clinical Support Service Line at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX. Click on website to get more information on the HoustonVA Medical Center, http://www.houston.va.gov/
The incumbent is a spiritual counselor to serve as a clinical Chaplain who is proficient in caring for the religious and spiritual needs of veterans with mental health concerns (including trauma recovery, substance abuse, community reintegration and homelessness). The Chaplain will provide service at the MEDVAMC, the Domiciliary and other off-site locations.
The incumbent must have knowledge of and experience with a variety of clinical populations, to include the seriously mentally ill, individuals with addiction problems, individual with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and homeless individuals. The Chaplain must be able to develop and provide individual and group spirituality services for veterans in the psycho-social treatment program. The incumbent will participate in the rotation for after hours Chaplain "On Call." The work hours is from 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday.
Board certified by APC, certification as Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Counselor, or Substance Abuse Counselor is preferred by not required.
KEY REQUIREMENTS Must be a US Citizen
You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year
You may be subject to random urinalysis testing
Substance Abuse Treatment
Post Traumatic Stress Treatment
DUTIES: Back to top
The incumbent must have knowledge of and experience with a variety of clinical populations, to include the seriously mentally ill, individuals with addiction problems, individual with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and homeless individuals. The Chaplain must be able to develop and provide individual and group spirituality services for veterans in the psycho-social treatment program.
As part of the intake of individual into Mental Health programs, the incumbent provides necessary data for spiritual, psychological, and the social assessments. Along with this information gathering, the incumbent prepares written spiritual assessments, as per Joint Commission Standards and other requirements, based on knowledge of each patient's background and medical history for use by members of the interdisciplinary treatment team of the therapist's use in developing the appropriate treatment process.
Having the ability to use sound judgment in apply guides, theories and precedents, and an empathic insight as well as patience in accommodating the behavior of other, the incumbent will conduct therapeutic short-term, in-depth counseling in accordance with specific guidelines and will intervene in crises and other emergency situations where expertise in spirituality is appropriate. The incumbent will teach and conduct individual and group sessions as part of the substance abuse, trauma recovery, and other programs, as appropriate.
The incumbent is a spiritual counselor, service as a member of appropriate Mental Health interdisciplinary treatment teams and works with other professionals, such as physicians, psychologist, social workers, and nurses, to formulate treatment and follow-up plans for each patient assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top
To be considered for this position applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
Ecclesiastical Endorsement: An ecclesiastical endorsement, dated within the past 12 months, from the official national endorsing authority of your faith group/denomination. An ecclesiastical endorsement is the written official statement by the endorsing body certifying that you are in good standing with the faith group or denomination and that you, in the opinion of the endorsing body, are qualified to provide the full range of ministry required in the VA's pluralistic setting. Endorsements must be specifically for VA Chaplaincy. Endorsements for the military, for Federal prisons Chaplaincy, for the Association of Professional Chaplains, or for other organizations are not acceptable.
Ecclesiastical Endorsements are only accepted from the endorsing officials listed online at the VA Chaplain website:
www.va.gov/chaplain Choose "employment information" then scroll down to the list. If your faith group is not on the list contact
John Batten at 757-728-7062 or Mario Dagulo at 757-728-3180. Applicants must be able to perform Protestant worship services and the sacraments of their Protestant denomination.
Education: A Master of Divinity from an accredited institution or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution plus at least 70 graduate semester hours which included all of the following: at least 20 semester hours in pastoral ministry; 20 semester hours in any combination of theology, ethics, and philosophy of religion; 20 semester hours in the study of sacred writings, including the study of languages in which sacred writings are written; and 10 semester hours in religious history and/or world religions.
Clinical Pastoral Education: In addition to the education requirement , applicants must have completed at least 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) [as defined by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP)]. 800 hours of supervised ministry in a formal training program which incorporated both ministry formation and pastoral care skills development may be substituted for the required CPE.
Experience : For GS-12: In addition to the requirement for GS-11, applicants must have one year of ministry experience following completion of the qualifying education. One year of the experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
(a) ability to serve as a consultant or expert to a multidisciplinary treatment team;
(b) in-depth knowledge of related professional fields, particularly in the behavioral sciences;
(c) understanding of, and ability to respond to, the particular concerns and issues pertaining to treatment of veterans;
(d) knowledge of the structure, regulations, practices, and programs of health care delivery systems;
(e) ability to interpret and apply a body of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in professional practice;
(f ) ability to develop and maintain liaisons with a variety of outside organizations.
Completion of a doctoral degree directly related to pastoral ministry may be substituted for one year of experience.
You application or resume must indicate whether each job held was part-time or full-time. You must indicate how many hours per week you worked in jobs that were less than full-time. Part-time experience will be pro-rated its proportion of a 40 hours work week.
Mental Health Care :
Applicants must have demonstrated all of the following abilities:
Ability to perform crisis-oriented counseling as a chaplain in a health care setting
Ability to perform spiritual assessments and provide therapeutic spiritual care in mental health inpatient and outpatient settings including secured inpatient wards.
Ability to perform spiritual assessments and provide a variety of spiritual and pastoral care treatments for patients with substance abuse and dual diagnosis
Ability to perform spiritual assessments and provide a variety of spiritual and pastoral care treatments for patients with post traumatic stress disorder
Ability to perform spiritual assessments and provide a variety of spiritual and pastoral care treatments for patients with traumatic brain injury
Ability to provide individual and group spirituality services to reintegrate patients and homeless individuals to the community.
English Language Competency: All applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Selective Service Registration: By law, all males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service (the military draft) or have a valid exemption.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements. You must show proof that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Copy 4 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference , you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form . For more information on veterans' preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/veteranscenter .
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be given one of the following category ratings: Most Qualified, Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified, or Minimally Qualified.
The Board of Excepted Service Examiners reviews applications to verify that the applicants' resumes and other documents show experience and training that corroborates the answers given in the assessment questionnaire. If the resume and other documents do not show corroborating information about experience and credentials the applicant's rating may be lowered.
Applicants in the Most Qualified category are referred to the facility at which the vacancy is located for final consideration. Applicants in lower categories may be considered if there are fewer than three applicants in the Most Qualified category.
Within each category Veterans who are entitled to preference must be hired ahead of other persons. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review of their qualifications by the Board of Excepted Service Examiners.
BENEFITS: Back to top
Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package plus an exceptional work environment. Explore the benefits of VA employment at the Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/salary-benefits/benefits.asp
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