Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) (RCS VET CENTER) in San Antonio, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
3 vacancies in the following location:
  • San Antonio, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1810520

This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens and Current, Permanent Federal Employees. If you are an internal (VA) applicant, please apply under announcement VHA-671-17-JG-1810518.

This position may be filled by a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist or a Social Worker. The announcements for the Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor are VHA-671-17-JG-1810077 (Internal) and VHA-671-17-JG-1810517 (External), and for the Social Worker are VHA-671-17-JG-1810522 (Internal) and VHA-671-17-JG-1810528 (External).

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review newly selected candidate's qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate. For internal selectees eligible for promotion or reassignment, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with established pay-setting policy.

OUR MISSION: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.

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.

You must submit all required documents as noted in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section below. Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) provide readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans and family members in the Vet Center Program. Readjustment counseling includes individual and group counseling related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related psychological difficulties, marital and family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, and other issues impacting Veteran's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society.


The incumbent will serve as MFT on a multidisciplinary team located in a community-based Vet Center providing Veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct services and referral to VA and community resources. Incumbent will work in cooperative collaboration with other team members and with professionals, volunteers and others in VA facilities and community agencies to help Veterans recognize and resolve their problems and needs. The counseling and therapeutic services provided by the Vet Center range from routine to complex and include suicide prevention, crisis intervention, short and long-term treatment with clients exhibiting post-traumatic stress disorder, other psychiatric disorders and/or readjustment problems. Clients encountered and problems exhibited necessitates a variety of psychological, rehabilitation, marriage and family counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling. Incumbent must possess a high degree of clinical skills, including the unique skills needed to work with Veterans and the significant others and to supervise and to provide consultation to professionals providing clinical services. Incumbent must possess the capability to perform administrative tasks required in the community-based office of a program with a unique administrative structure and a variety of formal and informal working relationships with a wide range of VA facilities and community organizations.

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Screening/Assessing (Veterans and significant others)

  • Treatment Planning/Goal Setting (developing comprehensive/unique goal-directed treatment plans, to include treating PTSD)

  • Clinical Counseling (individual, conjoint, family, and group therapy)

  • Outreach (program-eligible Veterans and their family members)

  • Crisis Intervention (stabilization and follow-up)

  • Administrative responsibilities (maintaining clinical records and performing administrative tasks)

  • Professional Competency/Education (staying abreast of current procedures, providing instruction/training)

  • Referrals (VA and private sector)

Work Schedule: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM – Primarily Monday to Friday; however, some evenings and weekend hours will be required, to include working a minimum of one (1) Saturday per month and working one (1) evening tour per week. (Please note: Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization).

Functional Statement Title/#: Marriage and Family Therapist/00000

Bargaining Unit Position: No

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel away from duty station in support of direct care, outreach events and/or training.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Pre-employment examination
  • Drug Testing
  • Background/Security Investigation
  • Selective Service Registration for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Graduate degree in MFT (COAMFT approved)
  • Full, current, and unrestricted MFT license
  • Class C State Driver’s License


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • *Education. *Hold a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage 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. *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 mental marriage and family therapy in a state.

  • *English Language Proficiency. *MFTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.

  • 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; Correctable near sighted and far sighted vision; Hearing (Aid permitted).**

Creditable Experience- *Knowledge of Current Professional MFT Practices. *To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current professional marriage and family therapy practice. The experience must be post-master's degree or above. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MFT, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

*Quality of Experience. *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. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

*Part-Time Experience. *Part-time experience as a MFT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, an MFT employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

*Fellowships or Post-Graduate Training. *Fellowship and post-graduate training programs are typically in a specialized area of clinical practice, e.g., group of family practice. Training as a fellow or post-graduate may be substituted for creditable experience on a year-for-year basis.

Practicum in a VA Setting. *A VHA practicum experience may not be substituted for experience, as the practicum (field placement) is completed prior to graduation with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable mental health degree.*

GRADE REQUIREMENTS- In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.


To Qualify for GS-11 Grade-Level: (Full Performance Level)- GS-11 MFTs are licensed to independently practice marriage and family therapy and to provide other mental health services within the ethics and guidelines of the professional standards set by AAMFT. They may be assigned to all program areas that provide mental health services. MFTs at this level may also be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities.

Experience, Education, and Licensure*.* GS-11 candidates require 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 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.

*Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. *In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-9 level, GS-11 candidates must demonstrate below 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.

Preferred Experience:Individual & group counseling to patients & family members over issues of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & related psychological difficulties, marital & family issues, substance abuse, employment, military sexual trauma, homelessness, bereavement, & other issues impacting upon a patient's ability to successfully re-enter civilian society experience is preferred.

Driver's License: Must possess and maintain a current Class C State Driver's License and be willing and able to operate a Government Vehicle.

Reference:VA Handbook 5005/42, Part II, Appendix G44, Marriage and Family Therapist, dated September 28, 2010, at* . *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, 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.

Other Information

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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Current, Permanent Federal Employees

Control Number: 451566900

Job Announcement Number: VHA-671-17-JG-1810520