This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Basic Requirements: 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 (COAMFTE), Hold a master's degree or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a MFT program from a regionally accredited institution, OR 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 license. 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 licensed. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: 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 (KSAs): 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 system. 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 improvements. 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) performing duties such as: assessing, with supervision, the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members; providing 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; and drafting documents, manage data, maintain accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and track quality improvements; 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 improvements. Preferred Experience: Working with combat veterans in providing family counseling services; working with veterans who were sexually traumatized/harassed while in the military; conducting psycho-social assessments and the provision of processing psychotherapy for trauma related conditions; and implementing treatment plans for combat Veterans/and their families. References: VA Handbook 5005/101, Part II, Appendix G44, dated April 18, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-20 lbs.) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking up to 6 hours per day); Standing (up to 8 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. ["NOTE: Readjustment Counselors are multi-disciplinary and can be filled by: Social Worker, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist. Each discipline is announced separately and applicants must apply to the announcement for which they are qualified. 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 implement psychotherapeutic modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to enhance the readjustment of Veterans, active duty Service members, and their families. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Screening/Assessment - completing a psycho-social assessment and military history. Treatment Planning/Goal Setting - developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment. Referral to service providers - maintaining and exercising an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client that can be served by programs external to the Vet Center. Resource Usage/Development - using the current social work resource file of the Vet Center and community social service programs and enhancing the content to the benefit of veterans. Advocacy - understanding the capacities and operational characteristics of agencies and bureaucracies external to the Vet Center and will act as an advocate in accessing assistance from these agencies when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family without fostering dependency and preserving the right of the veteran client to exercise choice. Crisis Intervention - assessing whether a veteran client may be at risk of harm to self or others. Education/Health promotion - providing education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center and to veteran and family members on a variety of health and benefit topics common to combat veterans based on age, injury or combat theatre. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services - ensuring good communication and sound clinical treatment of veteran clients and family members that are shared with other health care providers and community based agencies. Counseling - exercising a variety of individual, group, and family counseling techniques that are evidence based in the treatment of readjustment counseling problems and demonstrate good clinical practice. Outreach - performing outreach to veterans for the purpose of educating them about readjustment issues and assistance that is available to them. Administrative responsibilities - maintaining case records in accordance with program guidelines and professional requirements. Community/Media Activities - engaging in presenting educational programs about veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Readjustment Counseling Service. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Some evenings and weekends may be required based on the Veteran's needs\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Social Worker/ FS#000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Annalyn Mears at email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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