The Marriage and Family Therapist is assigned to the Psychology Service of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Incumbent works with couples, families, individuals and groups utilizing systemic theories, requiring expertise in interpersonal relationships, with conceptualizations that are distinct from individually oriented therapies treating a wide range of serious mental health issues including relationship issues, child-parent challenges, depression. A. Administrative Responsibilities: 1. MFT may have some clinical program management responsibilities. 2. May be selected by the Supervisor or Chief of Psychology to serve as the psychology service representative on various Psychology Service, Mental Health Service Line, System-level, or VISN administrative committees or work groups. 3. May coordinate programming within both various mental health and primary care programs in coordination with managers of such programs as well as with discipline supervisors of affected staff assigned to these programs. 4. May be involved in research activities, especially as related to program evaluation responsibilities. 5. May have responsibility for and oversight of the administrative and programmatic resources of various clinical programs that are specialized/complex and significantly impact the delivery of health care service to Veterans in the STVHCS. B. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: 1. Skill to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members. 2. 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. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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. 6. 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. Clinical Responsibilities: 1. Provides a full range of psychological services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex patients with co-morbid mental and physical health problems. 2 Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others. 3. Provides a range of psychological therapeutic interventions with individuals, couples and families of individuals with mental health and medical disorders utilizing empirically supported modalities when indicated. 4. Provides group psychotherapy and education to include multi-family groups using empirically supported modalities. 5. Consults with and serves as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in STVHCS. 6. May be asked to assist in the selection, training, and supervision of staff at lower grades within assigned program area, Psychology Service, or STVHCS. B. Academic/teaching/research: 1. May be asked to prepare and teach seminars/workshops for STVHCS trainees/staff on topics within competency areas. 2. May be asked to conduct approved psychological research that supports the mission of STVHCS alone or in collaboration with other professional in STVHCS or affiliated academic institutions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Nights, Weekends, Holidays Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Marriage and Family Therapist (WHISE)/PD00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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