Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MHRRTP in Sheridan, Wyoming
Summary The LMFT is responsible for the in-depth psychosocial assessment as part of the overall assessment of the patient. Identifies problems/needs form the assessment to be treated and develops the individual treatment plan. Is responsible for providing individual professional input and addressing the social aspect of the patient's situation. Responsibilities Screening/Assessment: The LMFT is responsible for the in-depth psychosocial assessment as part of the overall assessment of the patient. Identifies problems/needs form the assessment to be treated and develops the individual treatment plan. Is responsible for providing individual professional input and addressing the social aspect of the patient's situation. Counseling: Conducts therapeutic counseling in accordance with specific guidelines and handles crises at an advanced clinical counseling practice level, regularly without supervision. Serves as therapist/counselor with individuals and in group therapy sessions. Observes and documents behavior and reaction patterns of patients to be utilized by other staff professionals and/or the multidisciplinary treatment team, and final disposition for follow-up. Outpatient/Aftercare: The incumbent is responsible for independently developing, organizing, and implementing a wide variety of outpatient aftercare treatment for patients and their collateral's. The incumbent is independently responsible for developing and implement methods to motivate veterans to attend aftercare and/or participate in the outpatient program. Aftercare planning is coordinated with the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide continuity in the transition from residential treatment to the outpatient component (including CBOC). Consultations: The incumbent provides consultations to physicians and other professionals with the Healthcare System to assess the patient's appropriateness for admission into the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation component of treatment. Referral to Service Providers: Throughout the course of treatment the LMFT is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. The LMFT will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. The LMFT is responsible for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services: The LFMT will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. LMFT will educate the veteran, their families and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option. The LFMT enters all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. This information must be entered in a complete, confidential, and professional manner to insure information on the patient is shared with other VA staff. This information is to be reviewed on a regular basis. The LFMT establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Attendance of all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, MHRRTP staff meetings, departmental/section staff meetings, other committees as appropriate, etc.) is necessary. Additional duties may be required to be performed, as needed. The LMFT will collaborate in the performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required by the VHA for Mental Health Service. This work will include referring cases for Protected Peer Review and Intensive Case Review. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor will participate in activities that obtain feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed. LMFT Counselor will attend all meetings (weekly interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, MHRRTP staff meetings, assigned committees, etc.) and perform other duties as required by Mental Health Service Line. This may include coverage responsibilities in the absence of other MHRRTP staff to ensure timely access and coordination of care. Completes the continuing education hours need for maintaining Professional Licensure. The incumbent demonstrates professional behavior that conforms to VA regulations and policy, State and Federal laws, and ethical codes of appropriate professional mental health accrediting organizations Perform all other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - MHRRTP/PD51239A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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 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. 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. Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a MFT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the grade held, including positive education that is part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the 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: Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, demoted, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. MFTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees who are retained as a MFT under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a MFT. Grade Determinations: Marriage and Family Therapist Program Manager Leader, GS-9 (Entry-Level) Experience, Education and Licensure. The 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, and are working toward completion of prerequisites for licensure. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 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 (Full Performance Level) 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below. OR In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in marriage and 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, and Psychiatry) may be substituted for the required one year of marriage and family therapy experience in a clinical setting. AND the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and they must demonstrate the following KSAs. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-11 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/101, PART II, APPENDIX G44 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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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 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. 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