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Initiative to Attract Mental Health Counselors
Thursday, September 24, 2015VA Launches Initiative to Attract Mental Health Counselors
Program Intended to Encourage Mental Health Professionals to Seek Careers at VA
WASHINGTON – The VA is offering a new initiative to attract and encourage Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors (LPMHC) to choose VA for employment. This effort is part of VA’s recruitment plan to hire additional mental health care professionals to serve our Veterans.
The endeavor includes offering new clinical training opportunities to LPMHC students for the upcoming academic year. Approximately 18 pre-degree internships are being offered at seven VA Medical Centers, including Canandaigua NY, Houston TX, Spokane WA, Cleveland OH, Syracuse NY, Bay Pines and Tampa, FL to provide students with clinical experiences within VA’s inter-professional mental health teams. This includes physicians, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals working collaboratively to provide patient care.
“Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors play an integral role in contributing to VA’s ability to deliver high-quality patient care for Veterans,” said VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This internship program offers us an opportunity to show these students that we value their talent and see them as an important part of VA’s future.”
Through its network of academic affiliations and sponsored programs, VA invests $900 million annually to provide clinical education and training programs to approximately 120,000 health care trainees. Sixty percent of VA’s psychiatrists, 70 percent of its psychologists and 35 percent of its social workers have previously participated in VA’s training programs.
“By supporting the training of Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselors, VA will ensure that highly skilled mental health clinicians are available to treat the Veterans we serve. Through the ongoing expansion of mental health education and training programs, VA will be better positioned to attract the most qualified professionals to care for our Veterans,” Dr. Shulkin added.
Interested mental health care providers can find additional information about VA careers and apply for jobs online at www.vacareers.va.gov.