Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Marriage and Family Therapist in Eureka, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Eureka, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 4/13/2016 (192 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/16/2016 (55 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1674249

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. 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

**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.

Current, permanent VA employees should apply under NQ-16-DM-1674246-BU.


This position provides Mental Health services to the veteran population enrolled at the San Francisco VA Medical Center System and, specifically, the Eureka Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Services include provision of high quality psychotherapy and case management services, with a specialized marriage and family therapist focus which embraces a client-focused, person-in-the-environment perspective to guide services rendered in a holistic treatment plan. Such services include evidence-based psychotherapies, case management, advocacy, and coordination of linkages to other appropriate VA or community service providers / agencies as needed by the patient and determined by a holistic treatment plan. This is accomplished in collaboration with other members of the Mental Health Service or other interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate. The Senior Marriage and Family Therapist (SMFT) has a role of expanding the clinical knowledge in the profession, providing consultation and guidance to colleagues, both within marriage and family therapy and within other disciplines including social work, psychiatry, psychology and nursing. The SMFT role models effective marriage and family therapy practice skills in a mental health setting, teaches or provides orientation to less experienced staff (which may include marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologist and nurses), develops and implements innovations in practice interventions. The SMFT provides clinical supervision for marriage and family therapist for licensure or certification, and may also provide supervision for marriage and family therapy, social work, psychiatry, psychology, and /or nursing trainees. The SMFT is assigned to administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns.

Up to fifty percent of the duties may be performed in a university/college setting where the incumbent will function in as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Resource Specialist, and Care Coordination Consultant to Outpatient Mental Health Services (MHS). In performing these key job functions, the SMFT may (1) provide onsite counseling services and coordination of VA services for student veterans at university/community college campuses and (2) develop and maintain the MHS resource database, provide staff/team referral education and consultation, and in conjunction with the assigned primary mental health clinician, provide direct psychosocial supportive services to veterans and their family members.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Senior Marriage and Family Therapist

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Will include travel to university/college settings where onsite counseling and coordination of VA services will be performed.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship

  • English language proficiency (written and spoken)

  • Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

  • License - Applicants must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice marriage and family therapy in a State.

  • Education - Hold a master's degree in marriage and 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 and family therapy from a COAMFTE approved program is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.

Experience refers to paid and 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: Requires a minimum of one year of post-master's degree experience in the field of health care marriage and family therapy work (VA or non-VA experience) equivalent to the GS-9 level. This experience must have demonstrated the following KSAs:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure in a state at the independent practice level. In addition, the candidate must be licensed to practice at the independent practice level and must demonstrate the KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, maintaining accurate, timely and thorough clinical documentation, and tracking quality improvements.


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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G44, Marriage and Family Therapist QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated September 28, 2010.

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: 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.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Repeated bending (1 hour); Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and Mental Stability; Far Vision correctable in each eye to 20/40; Working closely with others; Working alone.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
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. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

Other Information

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

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 435537600

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-DM-1674249-BU