Marriage & Family Therapist
Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: June 10, 2021
The incumbent serves as a Readjustment Counselor at a Vet Center
in the Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) providing direct
counseling services, outreach, referral, and follow-up care
coordination to eligible individuals. In this capacity, the
incumbent functions as a member of a small multi-disciplinary team
of 4 or more members, inclusive of Licensed Professional Mental
Health Counselors, other mental health professionals, outreach
workers and office managers.
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This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS announcement - Applications will be
accepted on an ongoing basis and qualified candidates will be
considered as vacancies become available. The first list of
eligible applicants will be made as a vacancy becomes available,
but no earlier than 10 days after the opening of the
The incumbent will be responsible for providing services to
eligible individuals who are experiencing a variety of military
related psychological and psychosocial problems. Incumbents must
possess the knowledge and experience to independently employ
therapeutic modalities of individual, family, marriage, and group
intervention to enhance the readjustment of Veterans, active duty
Service members, and their families. Functions and responsibilities
include, but are not limited to:
- Intake screening and assessment: Complete all readjustment
counseling intake procedures, including an assessment of risk for
self-harm, military history and military related psychosocial
stressors, and assess family readjustment stressors and document
identified behaviors or symptoms.
- Readjustment counseling goal setting and service planning:
Develop and periodically update an individualized readjustment
counseling service plan that reflects a course of therapeutic and
psychosocial interventions, including identification of achievable
goals and measurable outcomes.
- Direct readjustment counseling service provision: Incorporate
complex multiple causation in differential psychosocial assessment
and direct service delivery to eligible Veterans, including making
psychosocial and psychiatric diagnostic inferences within the
clinical scope of practice.
- Risk assessment and crisis intervention: Conduct timely
assessment of Veterans in crisis to identify immediate needs,
evaluate risk, and initiate safety planning as appropriate.
- Care coordination: Links the Veteran with other community
services, resources, and opportunities to maximize the Veteran's
independence, health, and well-being.
- Coordinating readjustment counseling and outreach: Maintain
active coordination with Vet Center outreach workers to ensure
seamless referral to Vet Center services for those individuals
engaged in the community at outreach events that may require
follow-up readjustment counseling.
- Team cohesion and coordination: Actively participate in staff
meetings designed to promote team building and staff
- Documentation/administrative responsibilities/consultation:
Document all clinical interactions with eligible individuals and
episodes of care coordination on their behalf as required by
- Other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Some
evenings and weekends required
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
NOTE: Readjustment Counselors are multi-disciplinary and can be
filled by: Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health
Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, and Psychologist.
0101 Social Science
- Counselors, All Other
- Counselors, Marriage
- Counselors, Mental Health
- Family Therapists
- Marriage And Family Therapists
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- 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
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- Education: Candidates must meet one of the following:
- Hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in marriage and
family therapy from a program approved by the Commission on
Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
- Hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in marriage and
family therapy from a MFT program from a regionally accredited
Hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in a comparable mental
health degree (Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor,
Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry) that
meets the current VA qualification standard of that profession.
- Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to MFT positions in the
GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted
MFT license to independently practice marriage and family therapy
in a State.
- NOTE: A MFT who does not yet have a license that allows
independent practice may be given a conditional appointment,
pending completion of State prerequisites for licensure
examinations. The MFT may only provide care under the supervision
of a fully licensed MFT with an AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Exception: VHA may waive the licensure requirement for persons
who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state
prerequisites for licensure. This exception only applies at the
GS-09 level, for the GS-11 level, the candidate must be
GS-09 Experience, Education and Licensure. The GS-9 grade level
is the entry grade level for non-licensed MFTs or for MFTs
(master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at
the independent practice (Journey) level. Unlicensed MFTs at the
GS-9 grade level have completed the required education and are
working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure.
In addition to the basic requirements above, the candidate must
demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan,
interventions based on research and family systems theory and
therapy, formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment,
evidence-based practice and assessment tools.
- Ability to assess, with supervision, the psychosocial
functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members.
- Knowledge to formulate, implement, and re-evaluate a treatment
plan through continuous assessment identifying the Veteran's
challenges, strengths, readiness to change, external influences and
current events surrounding the origins and maintenance of the
presenting issue, and interactional patterns within the client
- Ability to provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services,
under supervision, to individuals, groups, couples and families in
a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through
restructuring and reorganizing of the client system.
- Basic knowledge and understanding of existing relevant
statutes, case law, ethical codes, and regulations affecting
professional practice of marriage and family therapy.
- Ability to draft documents, manage data, maintain accurate,
timely and thorough clinical documentation, and track quality
GS-11 Experience, Education and Licensure. In addition to the
basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of
post-master's degree experience in the field of marriage and family
therapy work (VA or non-VA experience) and must be licensed in a
State to practice at the independent practice level.
In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate
all of the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
- Skill to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and
needs of Veterans and their family members.
- 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 the client system.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with Veterans and their families, colleagues, and
other professionals in collaboration throughout treatment regarding
clinical, ethical and legal issues and concerns.
- Knowledge and understanding of existing relevant statutes, case
law, ethical codes, regulations and VA policies affecting the
practice of marriage and family therapy. This includes the ability
to assist Veterans and their families in making informed decisions
relevant to treatment to include limits of confidentiality.
- Ability to provide orientation, training and consultation to
new MFTs including clinical oversight of MFT graduate students,
and/or provide clinical supervision to pre-licensure MFTs.
- Skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting
documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and
thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality
References: VA Handbook 5005/101, Part II, Appendix G44, dated
April 18, 2018.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 lbs, walking and
standing up to 4 hours, kneeling 1-2 hours, Operation of motor
vehicle, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to
distinguish colors, hearing (aid permitted), glasses and prosthesis
allowed, able to hear whispered voices, and emotional and mental
stability; Environmental factors: outside and inside, electrical
energy, working closely with others, protracted or irregular hours
of work, and repetitive computer use.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
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.
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