U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$81,548.00 to $106,012.00
Open & closing dates
$81,548 to $106,012 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
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Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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Current Federal Employee (s) on Permanent Appointments
This announcement is open to current federal employees on permanent appointments. If you do not meet this requirement, please apply under announcement CBEJ-18-10140255-AES.
As the Supervisory Social Worker/ Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC)/ Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) on the multidisciplinary team located at the Annapolis community-based Vet Center you will provide veterans with community outreach, counseling, therapy, treatment and direct/ refer services to VA, community resources, and community education regarding the problems and needs of the veteran. You will maintain an office in the Vet Center and work in cooperative collaboration with other team members, professionals, paraprofessionals, 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, social work, counseling and mental health techniques including, but not limited to, individual, group, conjoint, vocational, educational, substance abuse and readjustment counseling. The ideal candidate possesses a high degree of clinical skill, including the unique skills needed to work with veterans and their significant others. You will supervise and provide consultation to professionals and paraprofessionals providing clinical services. You 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.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, may be required to work some evenings and weekends.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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MAJOR DUTIES Conducts interviews and counseling with clients and provides social/psychological assessment and treatment to clients; crisis intervention and both short and long term services.
Provides guidance and consultation to other team members conducting interviews, counseling, and therapy.
Refers cases requiring outpatient or inpatient treatment to the VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic or appropriate referral services.
Establishes, maintains and conducts outreach activities with veterans, community and service organizations, business and industry, professionals and the public.
Organizes both VA and non-VA resources and community services on behalf of veterans.
Conducts other client treatment; individual, group, conjoint and family therapy; biofeedback; relaxation training and other therapeutic intervention strategies.
Develops and coordinates procedures and programs to facilitate optimum use of resources, other agencies and the individual members of the target group.
Possesses and maintains current and broad knowledge in management, program evaluation and theory and practice in readjustment and PTSD.
Provides direct social work intervention involving serious and complicated problems frequently encountered by veterans and their families or significant others.
Provides clinical and administrative leadership, management and supervision of all Vet Center staff and all other professional, paraprofessional and nonprofessional staff assigned to work at the Vet Center.
Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates all treatment services of the Vet Center.
Observes workers' performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques.
Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary.
Ensures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations.
Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and the requirements of the assignments, and the capabilities of the employees.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require occasional lifting (10-20 lbs.); Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding and 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.
Occasional travel - The position requires occasional travel away from the duty station in support of direct client care, outreach events, and/or training.
Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Counselors, Mental Health
Family Social Workers
Marriage And Family Therapists
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. 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. 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 marriage and family therapy in a State.
Preferred Experience: Working knowledge of military and veteran issues, particularly with PTSD and combat stress.
-Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with and assisting military and veteran's population.
-Minimum of two (2) years of experience assisting military or veteran populations in support of development and readjustment.
-Public speaking skills
Supervisory Social Workers. For supervisors, grades are determined by the scope of responsibility, the complexity of the social work services provided by supervisees, the composition of the staff supervised, (e.g. professional staff, multidisciplinary staff, tours of duty, geographical disbursement, etc.), and the amount of time spent in personnel management functions.
Experience, Education and Licensure. Individuals assigned as Supervisory Social Workers must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for subordinate staff to qualify for licensure. Their experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment. They may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for Supervisory Social Worker
Ability to independently organize work, set priorities, and meet multiple deadlines.
Knowledge and skill in management/administration, which includes supervision, consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
Ability to ensure provision of clinical social work services by supervised social workers.
Ability to provide administrative supervision and clinical supervision, including supervision for social work licensure.GS-12 Supervisory Social Worker. At the GS-12 grade, Supervisory Social Workers typically have significant personnel management responsibilities for a small to medium size professional and non-professional staff, including support staff and professional staff at the GS-11 grade level and below. They are responsible for the professional and administrative management of an area in a social work service, in a care line, or multiple facilities. They also provide direct clinical services with or without program coordination responsibilities.
In addition to the education and licensure requirements, individuals assigned as LPMHC Supervisors must have at least 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. At this level, LPMHCs administratively supervise their licensed staff and/or graduates and may provide treatment to patients. They direct the development and implementation of services and treatment to patients through the administrative supervision, mentoring, and oversight of assigned clinical staff. Their experience must demonstrate practice skills in a specialty area or in administration demonstrating progressively more professional competency and judgment.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for LPMHC Supervisor. In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-11:
Ability to make professional evaluations, decisions, and recommendation for treatment planning and implementation.
Advanced knowledge and mastery of the fundamentals of the counseling process which includes defining patient/family problems and maintaining an effective counseling relationship.
Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the counseling process within various specialty areas, build on the foundation of competence through regular meetings and discussions to explain assignments, review progress of cases and confer about the counseling perspectives and orientation.
Ability to provide complex crisis intervention and stabilization to patients who are in psychological distress.
Ability to establish goals/treatment through a collaborative process with the patient utilizing advanced counseling skills, including evidenced-based practices and screening/assessment.
Ability to use a wide variety of individual, group, or familial counseling interventions; demonstrates sensitivity to diversity and possesses multicultural counseling skills.
Ability to fully utilize the current DSM in making diagnoses and formulation of treatment goals and application of appropriate clinical intervention using professional counseling practices.
Ability to develop and deliver psycho-education groups that include life skills, family support, and community integration.
The candidate must also demonstrate the KSAs below:
Ability to administratively supervise other providers and conduct meetings.
Ability to maintain a professional environment by following organizational policies, guideline sand safety standards.
Ability to establish and clearly communicate guidelines and performance expectations for staff.
In addition to the education and licensure requirements, individuals assigned as Supervisory MFTs must have 1 year of progressively responsible assignments and experience equivalent to the GS-11 level which demonstrates knowledge, skills, and abilities that are directly related to the specific assignment. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for Supervisory MFT
Ability to assess qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees to include staff performance evaluation.
Ability to identify professional development needs of other MFTs and guide them in current practice guidelines.
Ability to collaborate with members of other disciplines and supervisors and to represent the profession both in and outside of VHA. This includes knowledge of the roles, contributions, and interrelationships with other disciplines.
Ability to administratively supervise in areas related to the provision of marital and family services. This includes knowledge of VA policy and procedures as well as fair, principled, and decisive leadership practices.
Ability to clinically supervise in areas related to the provision of marital and family therapy services to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, VA Handbook 5005/42, Appendix G43 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard and VA Handbook 5005/44, Appendix G44 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12.
Supervisory Social Worker: Hold a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work.
Supervisory LPMHC: Hold a master's degree in mental health counseling, or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to, Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; and Marriage and Family Therapy. A doctoral degree in mental health counseling may not be substituted for the master's degree in mental health counseling.
Supervisory MFT: 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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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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Most recent Non-Award SF-50 (Personnel Action) to verify your eligibility for this position. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application being removed from consideration.
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VHA Nationwide Recruitment
Readjustment Counseling Service
24 Frank Lloyd Wright Dr, H3250
Ann Arbor, MI
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