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Job Title:Marriage and Family Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:NOL-12-706096-TLW-224-38

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 20, 2012 to Thursday, August 9, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0101-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Baton Rouge, LA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number:706096

Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management.  This position is assigned to Readjustment Counseling Service, Baton Rouge Vet Center, Baton Rouge, LA.

TOUR OF DUTY:  8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. (Some Nights and Weekends may be required to meet mission demands).

Probationary Period:  This position requires completion of a 1-year Probationary Period, if not already completed.

Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver license for the purpose of driving GSA vehicles.

Some travel, to include over-nights, may be required to attend training, conferences, and official meetings.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject to background/suitability investigation

DUTIES:

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Functional Statement is available for review in Human Resources Management. The Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is located in the Readjustment Counseling Service serving as a member of a multi-diciplinary Vet Center team and is responsible for coordinating and providing family counseling services in the vet Center. Conduct assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to eligible veterans and their families. Treatment modalities may include crisis interventions as well as both short and long-term services. The MFT may refer clients to other programs and professionals to include the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic. Participates in and provides consultation to other team members. Participates in conjoint emergency treatment with medical facility mental health personnel. Interviews veterans and their significant others to determine specific problems. Conducts intake and needs assessment of veterans and their significant others and establishes helping relationships with their clients. Responsible for developing comprehensive and unique goal-directed treatment plans that reflect a course of therapeutic intervention to address the needs identified in the assessment. Provides individual, conjoint, family, and group therapy for veterans and their significant others. Conducts outreach with the specifically 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. Provides crisis intervention, stabilization and follow-up for veterans and significant others. Serves as clinical case manager for clients of the Mobile Vet Center (MVC), and will provide clinical case consultation and assistance to the MVC Counselor and/or MVC specialist/technician on highly complex cases. provides instruction/training and consultation in assessing and counseling combat veterans with PTSD to VA Medical Centers, private sector mental health agency professionals and others on combat veterans and PTSD. Develop and determine appropriate community referral resources in the VA and private sector, and will refer veterans and their family members to those available resources.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification Requirements: VA Handbook 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G44, dated September 28, 2012.

Basic Requirements:  The basic requirements for employment as a VHA MFT are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(10), 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:

 

    a.  Citizenship.  Be a citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

 

     b.  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.

  

    c.  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.

 

 

GS-11 Marriage and Family Therapist 

 

    (a)  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.

 

OR

 

A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health from an accredited training program (see note in paragraph 2b) 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 KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

 

    (b)  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 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.


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.

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Applicant's 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 website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

 

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Pre-employment Physical Required.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions.  (P.L. 95-201).

 

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  This position requires completion of a 1-year Probationary Period, if not already completed.

 

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy.  All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.  Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months.  This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability neccessary to meet the qualification of this position.


BENEFITS:

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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, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  In addition to the traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at the http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

Evidence of Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.  

PBI Interviews: Any interviews that may be conducted will utilize the Performance Based Interviewing process (PBIs).  For more information on the performance based interview process, see www.va.gov/pbi

Eligibles: Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   Federal Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and copy of their most recent SF50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.   Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

Reasonable Accommodation:  Federal agencies provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodation for any part of the application process, contact the hiring agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, August 09, 2012

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 706096 
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. Evidence of Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must submit your DD Form 214 or an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference with appropriate supporting documentation.

Note:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you. 

Applying Via Fax: 

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

After we receive your completed application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We also review your application to make sure that your resume supports the answers given in the questionnaire.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when your rating is determined



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  1. VA-Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations or a Resume containing all information required by the VA-Form 10-2850c.  Your resume must contain dates of employment (MM/YY) and hours worked per week. Failure to provide all requested information may prevent us from giving you credit for experience.
  2. Response to the questionnaire.
  3. Copy of your transcript (if you are using education to qualify).
  4. Latest SF-50 (if applicable for for current and former federal employees).
  5. Member 4 copy of your DD-214, SF-15 if claiming 10pt preference and VA disability award letter (if applicable for veterans).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Tameka Washington
Phone: (504)558-1420
Email: TAMEKA.WASHINGTON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA New Orleans HCS
Department of Veteran Affairs
Southeast LA Veteran HC Sys 1555 Poydras
Suite 1300
New Orleans, LA
70112

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. The qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and interview.

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Job Announcement Number:

NOL-12-706096-TLW-224-38

Control Number:

321620200