People Places Events In History Terms Organizations
Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Forums Chat
Home > Career Center > Job Seekers > Job Search
Job Title: Marriage and Family Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Houston, TX
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/10/2017
Expire Date: 01/09/2018
Job Categories: Social Services, Computers, Software, Government and Policy, Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Internet/E-Commerce, Legal, Counseling, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Web Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Marriage and Family Therapist

This position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC)in Houston, Texas,in the Mental Health Care Line (MHCL) General Mental Health Clinic.

The Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) serves as a member of amulti-disciplinary team and is responsible for providing family, couple, and marriage counseling to Veterans. The MFT conducts intakes, assessment interviews, develops treatment plans, and provides treatment to eligible Veterans and their families. Treatment modalities may include crisis intervention as well as both short term and long term services. The MFT may refer patients to other programs and professionals within the Mental Health Care Line, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and local Vet Centers.

The MFT will work primarily within the General Mental Health Clinic and may provide service to patients seen in integrated care settings (Primary Care Mental Health Integration) and will include travel to locations including but not limited to Community Based Outpatient Clinics, outreach locations, the Vet Center, Veteran's homes and other community locations. The MFT must have a valid state driver's license.

Work Schedule:

You will be required to work 40 hours a week. You will be required to work at least every other Saturday and one evening every week.

Functional Statement Title/#: Marriage and Family Therapist

Applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. You must be a citizen of the US (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Education. You must have a master's degree in marriage & 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. NOTE: A doctoral degree in marriage & family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.

Licensure. You must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage & family therapy in a State.

Exception. The appointing official may waive the licensure requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure examinations for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that MFTs appointed on this basis provide care only under the supervision of a fully licensed MFT. This exception only applies at the entry level, GS-9

English Language Proficiency. You must be proficient in spoken & written English

Preferred Experience:

Couples therapy counseling experience & knowledge of evidence based practices

Experience refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

Grade Determinations:

GS-09: GS-09 is the entry level grade for the GS-101 Marriage and Family Therapist series and is used for licensed MFTs with less than one year of experience (post-master's degree) or for MFTs (master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed MFTs at the GS-09 level have completed the required education listed above and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Basic knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, including interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.

2. Ability to assess, with supervision, 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 with supervision.

4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals, with supervisory guidance as needed. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds, and to communicate the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.

5. Basic 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, under close supervision, to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment, including limits of confidentiality.

6. Ability to organize work, set personal priorities and meet multiple deadlines as assigned by the supervisor.

7. Ability to use computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.

GS-11: 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. 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 OR 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 following KSAs:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G44, Marriage and Family Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:

A pre-placement physical examination will be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness of candidates. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. Driving a government-issued vehicle is a requirement of this position.

?,

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations)
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*OF-306
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

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 2003217.

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.

Qualifications & Requirements

Applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. You must be a citizen of the US (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Education. You must have a master's degree in marriage & 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. NOTE: A doctoral degree in marriage & family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.

Licensure. You must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage & family therapy in a State.

Exception. The appointing official may waive the licensure requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure examinations for a period not to exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that MFTs appointed on this basis provide care only under the supervision of a fully licensed MFT. This exception only applies at the entry level, GS-9

English Language Proficiency. You must be proficient in spoken & written English

Preferred Experience:

Couples therapy counseling experience & knowledge of evidence based practices

Experience refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

Grade Determinations:

GS-09: GS-09 is the entry level grade for the GS-101 Marriage and Family Therapist series and is used for licensed MFTs with less than one year of experience (post-master's degree) or for MFTs (master's or doctoral level) who are graduates not yet licensed at the independent practice level. Unlicensed MFTs at the GS-09 level have completed the required education listed above and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Basic knowledge of human development throughout the lifespan, including interventions based on research and theory, family and system interaction formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice and assessment tools.

2. Ability to assess, with supervision, 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 with supervision.

4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, colleagues, and other professionals, with supervisory guidance as needed. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds, and to communicate the MFT perspective in interdisciplinary staff meetings while respecting the roles and responsibilities of other professionals.

5. Basic 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, under close supervision, to assist clients in making informed decisions relevant to treatment, including limits of confidentiality.

6. Ability to organize work, set personal priorities and meet multiple deadlines as assigned by the supervisor.

7. Ability to use computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.

GS-11: 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. 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 OR 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 following KSAs:

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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/41, Part II, Appendix G44, Marriage and Family Therapist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Share |
Contact Information
Contact Name:
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Phone Number:
Fax Number:
Contact Email:HELEN.BROOKS5@VA.GOV
Website:http://www.ecentralmetrics.com/url/?u=33479060083%2D313&r=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Evacareers%2Eva%2Egov%2Fjob%2Dsearch%2Fjob%2Ddetail%2Easp%3Fjob%3D295428
Company Description:

Please visit our employer showcase!
Apply Now | Forward Job to a Friend | More Jobs From This Employer
Employer Showcase
>> more | add
Latest Jobs
Administrative Assistant - Department of Educational Leadership with Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.
Tenure-Track Position Mathematics with College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
Instructor Postion Mathematics with College of Charleston in Charleston, SC.
Accounting & Finance Internship (Summer 2018) with Cardinal Health in Dublin, OH.
Marketing Internship (Summer 2018) with Cardinal Health in Dublin, OH.
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
gregory boulware, esq. just commented on a blog entitled '~ “out from the shadows” ~'. 10:26PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a article entitled 'looking for a new career? cbre is hiring on hbcuconnect.com!!'. 08:06PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a article entitled 'curipow offers new social network for african americans with empowering historical data'. 08:05PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a article entitled 'tell them we are rising: the story of black colleges and universities'. 08:05PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a article entitled 'former texas southern university athlete and coach inducted into swac hall of fame'. 08:04PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a blog entitled '~ "propaganda" ~'. 08:13PM
unkel ruckus just posted a poll entitled 'back to the motherland'. 08:00PM
tazadaq shaah just posted a blog entitled 'a vidoe spotting the signs of borderline personality disorder b d p i hate you don't leave me'. 02:33PM
unkel ruckus just commented on a blog entitled 'the everyday love dare journey day 58 water your love'. 10:02PM
michaell snoddy just became a new member. 11:02AM
papmor gueye just edited his profile. 05:02PM
papmor gueye just became a new member. 04:52PM
>> more | invite friends