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Job Title:  Marriage and Family Therapist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VQ-GS-13-63-VLF-808592

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 17, 2012 to Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bismarck, ND United States
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 808592 (Include # on all documents)

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

Special Employment Consideration: Individuals eligible for the following appointments are encouraged to apply: 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities ; mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities; and Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


Readjustment Counseling Service (RCS) is a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs created to provide a broad range of psycho-social services to combat veterans and their family members to assist them in their readjustment to civilian life.  RCS provides services to eligible veterans and their family members in "storefront" counseling centers located in the community.  Vet Center services include, but are not limited to:  counseling services to combat veterans from all eras, veterans sexually traumatized while on active duty, and families of service members killed on active duty.  Services are also available to all eligible veterans' family members for issues related to the veteran's military service.  The goal of this program is to establish and maintain an outreach program to assist those eligible veterans who have failed to make adequate psychosocial adjustment and re-entry into civilian life.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


This Marriage and Family Therapist position is located in the Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center, Bismarck, ND.  As the Marriage and Family Therapist, you will conduct assessment interviews, develop treatment plans and provide treatment to eligible veterans and their families in the Vet Center program.  Treatment modalities may include crisis intervention as well as both short and long-term services.  You will provide readjustment counseling in individual, conjoint, family and group therapy sessions with veterans and family members and focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting upon a veteran’s ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.  You will provide crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up for veterans and family members and provide follow-up evaluations of clients to determine whether veterans have received all appropriate services and provide additional services or referrals as required.  You will serve as clinical case manager for clients of the Vet Center (VC), and will provide clinical case consultation and assistance to the VC Counselor and/or VCC specialist/technician on highly complex cases.  You will conduct outreach to identify program eligible veterans and their family members, promote the use of the Vet Center services and present educational programs about combat veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Readjustment Counseling Service.  You will perform other related duties assigned by the Team Leader or appropriate program official.






The basic requirement for employment as a VHA MFT are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(1), as amended by section 201 of Public Law 109-461, enacted December 22, 2006.  To qualify for appointment as an MFT in VHA, all applicants must: 

  • U.S. citizenship       AND 
  • 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 for MFT licensure must come from a nationally accredited program in one of the above areas.     AND

  • 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:  Non-licensed LPMHCs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate LPMHC under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2)(B).  The appointing official may waive the requirement of licensure for a period not to exceed 2 years for a LPMHC that provides care under the supervision of a licensed LPMHC at or above the full performance level.  This exception only applies at the entry level (GS-9).  For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be licensed.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 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.  NOTE: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current professional marriage and family therapy practice.  The experience must be post-master’s degree or above.  Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MFT, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health (Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Psychiatry) from an accredited training program and includes work as a professional MFT directly related to the position to be filled.  Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to marriage and family therapy experience at the next lower grade level.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.




SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 LEVEL:  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.




References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G44, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated September 28, 2010,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]

APPLICANTS 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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 website:  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. ***

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.   You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at .


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.   VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.






To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 808592.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 09, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Cindy R. Dahl
Phone: (701)239-3700x3653
Fax: (701)237-2645
Agency Information:
2101 N Elm Street
Fargo, ND
58102 Fax: (701)237-2645


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

Control Number: 333727900
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