Marriage & Family Therapist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Part Time 20 hours
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1195490
Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.
Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.
US citizenship English language proficiency Background/suitability investigation Physical standards - Must pass pre-employment examination Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
The Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is assigned to the Bedford VA Medical Center Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (MHC). Incumbent provides the full range of marital and family therapy services, including the provisions of high quality comprehensive therapy, family advocacy, and coordination of care with appropriate VA or community service providers and/or agencies as needed by clientele. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of MHC. Services are timely, effectively coordinated and executed, relevant to the psychosocial needs of Veterans and their families, and directed to strengthening family relationships. Problem areas which are common in the MHC include complicated combinations of serious and persistent mental illness, histories of trauma, problematic levels of substance use, bereavement, family conflict, unemployment and lack of financial support, homelessness, and habits of ineffective interpersonal interactions, and these sets of difficulties are addressed through a team-based approach. For the MFT, the primary goals are to enhance relationships; improve interactions between Veterans, their spouses, and families; and to promote optimal service delivery through education and psychosocial training related to effective communication and problem-solving, military culture, and various mental and physical health disorders and their potential impact on relationships. The incumbent is an integral member of the MHC overall, as well their specific Treatment Team and is responsible for providing clinical assessment, treatment planning, individual and group psychosocial interventions, and marriage and family evidence-based therapies to Veterans and their families.
Work Schedule: 20 hour per a week, flexible hours.
U.S. citizenship
English language proficiency (written and spoken)
Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.
License, Registration, Certification Requirements (as applicable)
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 have graduated from a nationally accredited program conferring a comparable mental health degree as specified in the qualification standards of those disciplines (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry). All additional course work taken to be accepted to MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas.
References: VA Handbook 5005/44, Part II, Appendix G44, QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated September 28, 2010.
Salary to be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.
Grade Determinations: Grade 11 (Full performance level) -This is the full performance level for MFTs. GS-11 MFTs are licensed to independently practice marriage and family therapy and to provide other mental health services within the ethics and guidelines of the professional standards set by AAMFT. They may be assigned to all program areas that provide mental health services. MFTs at this level may also be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.
Experience, education and licensure - 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 in subparagraph (b) below.
A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health from an accredited training program may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional marriage and family therapy experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.
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 ot formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment plane 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 systems.
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 the education 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 statues, 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 MFT's including clinical oversight of MFT graduate students, and/or provides 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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
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.
Veteran's Preference : When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to .
Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Occupational Questionnaire
2. CV or Resume
3. VA Form 10- 2850a - Application For Associated Health Occupations - Available at
4. Proof of current certification, licensure or registration
5. Unofficial transcript(s) - official college transcript(s) will be required before being hired
6. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment - Available at .
7. Veterans should submit appropriate documentation as described previously in this vacancy announcement.
8. If currently employed by the federal government, include a copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents : You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1195490.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks. Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Thursday, September 11, 2014.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: .
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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