The Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (L-MFT) within the RCS (Readjustment Counseling Service) would serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. The L-MFT would be responsible for providing family, couple and marriage counseling to Veterans and their family members within Readjustment Counseling Service and may also be requested to provide readjustment counseling services Veterans individually as well.
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Duties listed are not limited to Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist:
Within the first three sessions, the L-MFT will complete a psycho-social assessment and military history.
Responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment.
Maintains and exercises an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client better served by programs external to the Vet Center.
Responsible for using the current resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans.
Experienced in assessing whether a veteran client is of harm to self or others. The incumbent will have a network of resources internal and external to the Department of Veteran Affairs that will provide further psychiatric assessment and if necessary in-patient services and follow-up to safeguard the veteran client.
Provides education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center and to veteran and family members on a variety of health topics common to war veterans based on age, injury, or war theatre.
Will ensure good communication and sound clinical treatment of veteran clients that are shared with other health care providers and community based agencies.
Exercises a variety of individual and group counseling techniques that are evidence based in the treatment of readjustment counseling problems and demonstrate good clinical practice.
Performs outreach to veterans for the purpose of educating them about readjustment issues and assistance that is available to them.
Will comply with all regulations of the Veterans Health Administration. Clinical documentation will comply with policies of Readjustment Counseling Service.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. may include some evenings and weekends.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Marriage And Family Therapists
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Must maintain a current valid Driver's License
Basic Requirements in addition to those listed above:
Education: Refer to Education section in the announcement
Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State. Exception: The appointing official may waive the licensure requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure examinations for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that MFTs appointed on this basis provide care only under the supervision of a fully licensed MFT. Non-licensed MFTs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate MFT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B). This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9). For grades at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.
Preferred Experience: Knowledge/understanding of the effects of PTSD/other trauma related conditions. Experience in: conducting psycho-social assessments/implement treatment plans for combat Veterans/and their families; working with combat veterans in providing family counseling services to veterans/their family; working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military; and the provision of processing psychotherapy for trauma related conditions.
GS-9 Marriage and Family Therapist (Entry Level) - GS-9 is the entry level grade for the GS-101 Marriage and Family Therapist series and is used for licensed MFTs with less than one year of experience (post-master's degree) or for MFTs (master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed MFTs at the GS-9 level have completed the required education listed in paragraph 2b above, and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure.
In addition, the candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
1.Basic knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, including interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.
2.Ability to assess, with supervision, the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and the knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plan through continuous assessment identifying the patient's problems, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client system. This includes the utilization of testing measures where appropriate.
3.Ability to provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples and families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring and reorganizing of the client system with supervision.
4.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals, with supervisory guidance as needed. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds, and to communicate the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.
5.Basic knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of marriage and family therapy. This includes the ability, under close supervision, to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment, including limits of confidentiality.
6.Ability to organize work, set personal priorities and meet multiple deadlines as assigned by the supervisor.
7.Ability to use computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.
GS-11 Marriage and Family Therapist (Full Performance Level) - In addition to the basic requirements, the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-master's degree experience in the field of health care marriage and family therapy work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure in a state at the independent practice level.
In addition, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and must demonstrate the KSAs below:
1.Knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction, formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.
2.Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members, and the knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plan through continuous assessment identifying the patient's problems, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client system. This includes the utilization of testing measures where appropriate.
3.Ability to provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples and families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring and reorganizing of the client system.
4.Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals in collaboration throughout treatment regarding clinical, ethical and legal issues and concerns. This includes the ability to represent and educate others regarding the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals working with the client.
5.Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting professional practice of marriage and family therapy. This includes the ability to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment to include limits of confidentiality.
6.Ability to provide orientation, training and consultation to new MFTs including clinical oversight of MFT graduate students, and/or provide supervision to pre-licensure MFTs.
7.Skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.
References: VA Handbook 5005/44 Marriage and Family Therapist Qualification Standard Appendix G44.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.
Work is mainly sedentary. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying/traveling with items such as books and portable laptop.
Education: Hold a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or a Regionally Accredited Institution (the educational accreditation of schools, colleges, and universities in the United States by one of seven regional accrediting agencies)or have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry). All additional course work taken to be accepted for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas. NOTE: A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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