Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Atlanta, Georgia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Atlanta, GA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview


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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to”].

The Atlanta VAMC has 405 authorized inpatient beds (273 hospital, 120 Community Living Center and 12 PRRTP) and is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

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.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-011. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education, experience and other credentials to 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.


Atlanta Veterans Center in College Park, GA is recruiting for a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Clinician. The incumbent serves as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) on a multidisciplinary team that is located in a community-based Veterans Center. The incumbent will provide the following duties:

  • The LMFT is responsible for developing a unique treatment plan that reflects a course of therapeutic intervention that will address the needs identified in the assessment. The treatment plan will be reviewed and updated t least every six months or as the treatment goals are resolved or changed.

  • The incumbent maintains and exercises an effective resource data base that is used to address the needs of a veteran client better served by program external to the Veterans Center. The LMFT is a subject matter expert to agencies and programs external to the Vet Center in matters of veterans readjustment.

  • The LMFT is experienced in assessing whether a veteran client is of harm to self or others. The incumbent provides education or facilitates education to elements external to the Vet Center and to veteran and family members on a variety of health topics common to war veterans based on age, injury, or war theatre.

  • Incumbent coordinate non-institutional and institutional services. the LMFT will ensure good communication and sound clinical treatment of veteran clients that are shared with other health care providers and community based agencies.

  • The incumbent performs outreach to veterans for the purpose of educating them about readjustment issues and assistance that is available to them. Public speaking and the ability to engage veterans in a non-threatening manner is essential.

  • The LMFT will attend and participate in administrative and clinical staff meetings as directed by the Vet Center Team Leader. The LMFT will conduct customer satisfaction surveys upon termination of se4rvices with veteran client and do follow-up as appropriate.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; maybe required to work weekends, holidays and rotating schedules.

Functional Statement Number: 508-000000 Title: * *Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist:

Current state driver's license is required, must be willing to operate government vehicle.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Current Licensure to independently practice MFT
  • Current valid state driver license


a. Citizenship.Be a citizen of the United States.

b. Education.Must 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 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 COAMFTE approved programs is considered to be a comparable mental health degree.

c. Licensure.Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, which includes, diagnosis and treatment. series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.

d. English Language Proficiency.LPMHC must be proficient in spoken and written English.

e. Physical Requirements:You will be required to take a pre-employment physical during the hiring process.

FOR GRADE GS-11: Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Current Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Practices:To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of 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.

Part-Time Experience:Part-time experience as a professional 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 or 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 notbe 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.

Preferred Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year post-master's degree experience in the field of health care marriage and family therapy work and licensure in a state to practice at the independent practice level .


In addition to the basic requirements, a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or comparable degree in mental health from an accredited training program as listed above may be substituted for the one (1) year of professional marriage and family therapy experience in a clinical setting.

The candidate must demonstrate the KSA's below.:

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.

  1. 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

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.

References: VH Handbook 5005, part II, Appendix G42, Marriage and Family Therapist

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 position is sedentary in nature. There is requirement for walking, standing, bending, stooping while filing, and carrying objects such as files, invoices and other documents. Employee will sit comfortably to do the work. There is some physical strain/demand by having prolonged use of the computer or viewing the computer screen.

Working Conditions: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilations. Will be subjected to patients with mental health and behavioral issue.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
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Other Information

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

New appointees will be required to serve a probationary period of one year

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Your resume and /or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, you must be notify the agency. This decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Salary Range: $61,956.00 to $80,542.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0101-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452228100

Job Announcement Number: JV-16-FLB-1815463