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Job Title:Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:442-13-CSP-824802

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

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$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 08, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cheyenne, WY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 847411 

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:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • 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
  • Licensure


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The Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Program Coordinator is considered the manager of programs and services related to MST, and assigned to the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) and will work collaboratively with leadership, staff, and veterans to meet the mandates of public laws, VA directives and Uniform Mental Health Services.  The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) is assigned to the MHSL and will work autonomously to provide case assessment, diagnostics, treatment, and discharge planning to veterans requiring mental health treatment. The incumbent will function as a counselor, case manager, consultant, and educator, while providing a full range of psychotherapy modalities with individuals, couples, and groups. The MST Coordinator will develop, maintain, and monitor a plan to conduct universal MST screening at their facility. The MST Coordinator will monitor MST screening to assure the facility meets and/or exceeds the performance standard set by VACO, in accordance with public laws and directives. In addition, the MST Coordinator will collaborate with IRM to resolve identified problems with the MST screening software package and accuracy of data. The MST Coordinator will generate screening reminder reports and distribute accordingly to providers and locations. The MST Coordinator will maintain confidential documentation of MST screening, aggregated by gender. The MST Coordinator will monitor and ensure disposition of all MST consults to assure gender preferences and accessibility, in accordance with Uniform Mental Health services. The MST Coordinator will monitor MST screening reminders and assist providers through education and support in screening and generating consults. The MST Coordinator will provide staff education on MST screening, consults, available treatments, resources, and screening, eligibility, and billing. Additionally, the MST Coordinator will provide continuing education opportunities for staff working directly with veterans living with MST.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30-4pm

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

The incumbent will participate in the Mental Health clinical on-call rotation, provide Tele-Mental Health, serve on Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams, and maintain a patient panel.



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  • U.S. citizenship
  • Education
  • Licensure
  • English language proficiency

Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Education: Master's degree in marriage and family therapy form 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.  NOTE: A doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.

Licensure: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS for GS-12:  In addition to the basic requirements listed above, to qualify at the full performance level of this occupation, 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) is required. (Candidates must have at least I year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level). Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area such as, but not limited to, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM). or other areas of equivalent scope and complexity. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSA's below:


1.          Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.

2.          Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.

3.          Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation.

4.          Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress.

5.          Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment.

6.          Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.

7.          Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.

8.          Ability to develop and deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.

9.          Advanced knowledge in program planning and development of policies and procedures.

10.      Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates.

11.      Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges.

12.      Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and students within the field of counseling working on an interdisciplinary team.


References :  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.


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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, 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 .


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.


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


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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: 847411.  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 Thursday, August 08, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


       1.     CV or Resume (required).

2.     VA Form 10-2850c (available at  -  Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Please sign/date this form in ink current within 1 year.

3.     OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.  Please be sure to sign and date this form in ink current within 1 year.

4.     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

5.     If currently employed in the federal government, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required). Must identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and position occupied (Competitive or Excepted).  If you have held a higher grade in a past position, also submit the SF-50 showing your highest grade held. 

6.     A copy of your college/university transcripts (student/certified) unofficial is acceptable (required).

7.     Answers to online Questionnaire (required).


For applicants with questions – email:


The following documents are required for both internal and external applicants:

Your SF-50 can be obtained from your eOPF account or from your servicing HR Office.

If you need eOPF username or password help, go to: https://eopf.nbc/gov/ and click on Forgot your Password or Forgot your eOPF ID.

APPLICANT CHECKLIST (Applies to internal and external applicants):  This list will help you submit all the documents required for this vacancy.  We recommend that you print a copy of this checklist for reference while completing your application package.  Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully. 

_____ RESUME or VA Form 2850c- Your resume or VA Form 2850c will be reviewed to determine if you meet the specialized experience requirements as defined in this announcement.  Your resume MUST clearly state the experience you wish to be considered, to include the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position, starting and ending dates, grade level (if applicable) and the number of hours per week spent in such employment. 

_____ RESPONSES TO OCCUPATIONAL ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE - complete the occupational questionnaire identified in the vacancy announcement either online or by using the form 1203FX.  VA Employees must submit completed assessment questionnaire (submissions after the closing date must be faxed) within seven days of the closing date of the announcement; all others must submit the questionnaire by the closing date. 

_____ DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT (OF-306) – Required for application purposes. The form must be completed, signed and submitted prior to appointment.


_____ SF-50: ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE?  You must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notice of Personnel Action,” identifying your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and position occupied (Competitive or Excepted).  If you have held a higher grade in a past position, also submit the SF-50 showing your highest grade held. 


_____ TRANSCRIPTS - You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) if you are qualifying based on education, or if the vacancy announcement specifies that transcripts are required. 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: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

  Veterans must provide legible copies of DD214s showing all dates of service as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833.  If you are on terminal leave from active duty, submit a copy of your terminal leave orders.

 _____ ARE YOU A DISABLED VETERAN OR OTHER 10-POINT PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE?  Disabled veterans should submit a copy of their disability rating letter (dated 1991 or later).  If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY?  You must include proof of your eligibility (a copy certification from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Office (Schedule A appointment). 
Examples of special appointment authority include appointment of people with disabilities (Schedule A appointment), Peace Corp and VISTA Volunteers, etc.

_____ ARE YOU AN ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLE?  Please make sure you submit your application/resumé, a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please clearly state in your application package that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


If you do not submit all of the required documents, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or you may receive less than full consideration for this position. 

Telephone or email inquiries requesting application package reviews prior to the closing date of the announcement will not be honored. When review of your application is complete, you will receive an email notification of the outcome. Missing documents will not be accepted after the closing date of the announcement, with the exception of veterans who qualify under the “Filing Late Applications”, 5 U.S.C. 3110 (e) and 5 CFR Part 310, Subpart A, as noted in the VetGuide (


Applications that are hand delivered, mailed, or faxed to the Cheyenne HR office will NOT be processed or considered for employment. The above mentioned instructions "How to Apply" must be followed.




Cheyenne HR Staffing
Phone: (307)433-3745
Agency Information:
Mental Health Service Line
2360 East Pershing Blvd
Cheyenne, WY


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé 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. 

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