- Posted September 23, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
LPCs and Federal Govt.
Good Morning, In response to your many articles about mental health, veterans, and active military, I would like to present very disturbing insight into recent issues. I believe it is important for you investigate what I present further in the wake of the many shootings, treatment backlog, Obama's focus on mental health and other events. The federal government continues to exclude an entire population of comparable and highly qualified mental health professionals - Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) are perfect combination of Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. We, LPCs, are extensively trained in empirically research based psychotherapy and assessment (Psychologists) and have experience in social engagement and case management of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. We are the best of both worlds. Yet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to not evaluate a job series for LPCs. There are not enough Psychologists and LCSWs to handle the extensive population of mental health concerns as evident by backlog of care within the VA, DoD (active military), and Indian Health Services (HHS). Outside of the federal system and within the civilian world, LPCs are highly recognized and provide care as independently licensed practitioners in various areas, i.e. private practice, Mental Health, psychiatric hospitals, schools, etc. The following organizations are governing bodies that can provide additional information including myself - American Counseling Association (ACA), Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and state licensing boards. It is very apparent that more care is need with the increase in suicides, shootings, mental health diagnosis, and Obama mental health reform. Be the first to provide national attention to how LPCs have been overlooked as primary providers to be hired unconditionally as fully competent, licensed, credentialed, independent practitioners within the federal system. It is obvious that people need to receive therapy and not just connected with community services (LCSW) or tested (assessments by PSYs). I expect and look forward to your response.