Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Marriage and Family Therapist-Mental Health-Outpatient-Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program in Fort Harrison, Montana
Summary The Veterans Health Administration, VHA, is currently recruiting for one GS 9 target 11 as a Marriage Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor or Social Worker to work in the Mental Health-Outpatient-Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program. Responsibilities Marriage and Family Therapist-Mental Health-Outpatient-Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program duties include but aren't limited to: Provides Veteran-centered, recovery-oriented & evidence-based careFunctions as a mental health therapist for Veterans on a BHIP teamIs responsible for providing patient-centered, evidence-based care independently & autonomouslyProvides services to Veterans, their families & the interdisciplinary team regarding evaluation, identification and treatment of psycho-social concerns & psychiatric diagnoses in the outpatient behavioral health settingDuties include outpatient behavioral health services & crisis response to veterans w/ the full spectrum of mental health disorders including Serious Mental Illness, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, other mental health diagnoses & Substance Use DisordersHas working knowledge & experience in the use of mental health diagnoses & basic medical terminologyAssesses & treats Veterans' complicated psychosocial problemsIndependently identifies high-risk patients & implements appropriate safety protocolsProvides crisis intervention services & has working knowledge of referral process for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and residential PTSD, SUDS & other specialty programsAssesses patient to determine: the presenting problem, in-home factors impacting it, obstacles to recovery & provide follow-up in regard to recommended treatmentsCase management w/ members of the outpatient interdisciplinary team is provided as needed to coordinate a collaborative effort to meet the agreed upon goals for a Veteran's recovery needs & includes serving as a liaison w/ community professionals in regard to services for Veterans&/or their families Services include but are not limited to referral to programming to address homelessness, hospice services, nursing home care, home health services, financial resources, VA benefits & transportation services Establishes & maintains effective therapeutic relationships w/ Veterans in the outpatient behavioral health setting &/or their familiesIndependently works w/ Veterans and/or their families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, psychiatric, emotional, behavioral &/or psychosocial problems Must independently complete thorough psychosocial assessments to determine the diagnosis, psychosocial functioning & needs of Veterans &/or their families Uses assessment to facilitate the Veteran's maximum use of treatment to attain the highest level of independence that is possible & practicableMust possess knowledge & ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide educational classes &/or therapeutic groups for Veterans & families via in-person & virtual modalitiesUtilizes human growth & development principles over the life span and assists Veterans' in coping with the loss and grief experiences from disability & terminal illnessMember of interdisciplinary treatment team & actively collaborates w/ Veterans & family & interdisciplinary treatment team to develop & implement treatment plansProvides consultation to other treatment team members regarding Veterans &/or their families psychosocial needs & impacts of identified psychosocial problems on Veteran's health care planning & compliance w/ treatmentUses mental health diagnoses, disabilities & treatment procedures, including acute, chronic & traumatic illnesses, common medications & their effects/side effects & medical terminologyServes as liaison between Veterans &/or their families & VA & community resources to ensure delivery of servicesMaintains knowledge of Veteran's benefits & services, community resources & process to make appropriate referrals to community/other governmental programs/agenciesPossesses skills & knowledge to provide case management services to Veterans & their families throughout continuum of carePossesses/demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, both orally & in writing w/ people from varied backgrounds. treatment goals & interventionsServes as member of interdisciplinary team as a resource for referrals, mental health recommendations & coordinates care Demonstrates I-Care values when interacting w/ all internal/external customers. Maintains current knowledge of & practices in accordance w/ The Joint Commission requirements. Protects printed & electronic files containing sensitive data according to Federal privacy Act & confidentiality statutes. Follows regulations & instructions regarding release of sensitive/protected patient/ employee information. May serve on Service Line committees, workgroups, &/or task forces, etc. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: May be available for the highly qualified applicant Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD9436-55549-A, 11-436-55549-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: U. S. Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it's not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance w/ VA Policy English Language Proficiency. Applicants must be proficient in spoken & written English Education: Candidates must meet one of the following: (1) Hold a master's or doctoral degree in marriage & family therapy from a program approved by COAMFTE OR (2) Hold a master's or doctoral degree in marriage & family therapy from a MFT program from a regionally accredited institution OR (3) Hold a master's or doctoral degree in a comparable mental health degree Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology & Psychiatry that meets current VA qualification standards of that profession Licensure. Persons hired/reassigned to MFT positions in the GS-0182 series in VHA must hold a full, current & unrestricted MFT license to independently practice marriage & family therapy in a State Exception: The Secretary, or his/her designee, may waive licensure requirements for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of State prerequisites for licensure examinations not to exceed 3 years from employment start date on the condition that MFTs appointed on this basis provide care only under supervision of a fully licensed MFT w/ an AAMFT approved license. Non-licensed MFTs who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements may be given an appointment as an MFT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3). This exception only applies at entry grade GS-9 levels. Candidate must be licensed for grades at/above full performance levels (1) MFTs that aren't licensed when appointed must become licensed at independent Journey levels w/in 3 years of MFT appointment. Most States require 2 years of post-graduate MFT experience as a pre-requisite to taking licensure examination; VHA allow MFTs 1 additional year to pass licensure exam (2) It's VHA policy that MFTs who don't have a license that allow independent practice must be clinically supervised by AAMFT approved licensed MFT at/above journey level who's a VA staff member & who's access to the electronic health record Failure to Obtain License. In all cases, unlicensed MFTs must actively pursue meeting State prerequisites for licensure starting from appointment date. Upon appointment, Human Resource Officer provides unlicensed MFTs w/ written requirements for licensure, the date by which the license must be obtained & consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Failure to obtain a license by the prescribed date results in removal from the GS-0182 MFT series & may result in employment termination Loss of Licensure. Once licensed, MFTs must maintain a full, current/unrestricted license to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure results in removal from the GS-0182 MFT series & may result in employment termination Grandfathering Provision Persons employed in VHA as a MFT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for grade held, including positive education that's part of basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who don't meet all basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: (1) Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to & including full performance, journey level, demoted, but can't be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions (2) MFTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard can't have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on temporary/permanent basis, until they fully meet the standard's basic requirements(3) Employees who are retained as MFTs under this provision & subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status & must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a MFT Grade Determination Requirements: In addition to basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining a candidate's grade GS-9 Experience, Education and Licensure Entry level grade is used 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 listed above & are working towards completing their license prerequisites AND In addition, candidates must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, KSAs below: 1) Knowledge of human development throughout lifespan, interventions based on research & family systems theory/therapy, formal diagnostic criteria, risk assessment, evidence-based practice & assessment tools 2) Ability to assess, w/ supervision, the psychosocial functioning & needs of Veterans/family members 3) Knowledge to formulate, implement & re-evaluate treatment plans through continuous assessment identifying Veteran's challenges, strengths, readiness to change, external influences & current events surrounding origins/maintenance of presenting issues & interactional patterns w/in the client system 4) Ability to provide counseling &/or psychotherapy services, under supervision, to individuals, groups, couples/families in culturally competent manner that facilitates change through client system restructuring/reorganizing 5) Basic knowledge/understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes & regulations affecting professional practice of marriage/family therapy 6) Ability to draft documents, manage data, maintain accurate, timely & thorough clinical documentation & track quality improvements GS-11 Experience, Education and Licensure In addition to the basic requirements, the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-master's degree experience in the field of marriage and family therapy work, VA or non-VA experience and licensure in a State at the independent practice level. AND In addition, candidates must demonstrate KSAs below: OR In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in marriage & family therapy or comparable degree in mental health that meets the current VA qualification standard of that profession, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology & Psychiatry, may be substituted for the required one year of marriage & family therapy experience in a clinical setting AND Candidates must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level AND Must demonstrate the following KSAs 1) Skill to independently assess psychosocial functioning & Veterans & family member 2) Ability to provide counseling &/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups, couples & families in a culturally competent manner that facilitates change through restructuring/reorganizing client system 3) Ability to establish/maintain effective working relationships w/ Veterans/their families, colleagues & other professionals in collaboration throughout treatment regarding clinical, ethical & legal issues/concerns 4) Knowledge/understanding of existing relevant statutes, case law, ethical codes, regulations/VA policies affecting marriage and family therapy practice: including ability to assist Veterans/families to make informed decisions relevant to treatment to include confidentiality limits 5) Ability to provide orientation, training/consultation to new MFTs including clinical oversight of MFT graduate students &/or provide clinical supervision to pre-licensure MFTs Qualification standards continued in the Additional Information Section Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Transcripts can be unofficial transcripts, but must include the following: your name, the school's entire name, the name of the course, date course taken, grade received for the course, amount of credits earned for the course, date degree conferred, (if applicable), and the name of degree received, (if applicable). Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information Qualifications section continued. 6) Skill using computer software applications to draft documents, manage data, maintain accurate, timely & thorough clinical documentation & track quality improvement References: VA Handbook 5005/101 Part II Appendix G44 This vacancy's full performance level is a GS-11 An applicant may be selected at a GS-9 to a GS-11 grade for this vacancy. Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary Requires movement between offices, hospital, warehouses & similar areas for meetings & to conduct work Requires frequent walking/standing & carrying/lifting light items less than 15 pounds End of qualification standards Receiving Service Credit or 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.