This position is located at the Bonham Domiciliary, Associate Director for Outpatient Services, VA North Texas Health Care System, Bonham, TX and is responsible for providing addiction treatment consultation and therapy; program related activities associated with the clinical treatment of substance addiction; and providing case management services to Veterans in a Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Screens and conducts evaluations of Veterans and suggests recommended level of substance abuse treatment for Veterans who have concurrent major psychiatric, personality, medical, or psychosocial disorders. - performs screening of Veterans for substance abuse treatment and completes all necessary intake assessment forms. - Conducts therapeutic short-term, in-depth counseling in accordance with specific guidelines. -Prepares written assessments based on knowledge of each Veterans' background and medical history for use of members of the interdisciplinary treatment teams or the therapist's use in developing the appropriate treatment process to include treatment planning as well as discharge planning. -Conducts groups, family, and or individual counseling sessions; observes patient behaviors and reaction patterns for use by higher level professionals in reviewing and modifying treatment and/or follow up plans. -Documents in Veterans' records charting information necessary to ensure that they are kept current. Recommends treatment modalities. -Develops the treatment plan process in conjunction and consultation with other professional members of the interdisciplinary team. -Handles crisis intervention and/or other emergency situations without benefit of specific instructions. -Other duties and assignments as instructed by Supervisory Addictions Therapist. As the case manager for the overall treatment of substance abuse on an interdisciplinary treatment team, works with other professionals to formulate treatment and follow-up plans for each patient assigned. -Provides individual and group therapy to patients. -Coordinates the care they are to receive from other specialists such as medical and psychiatric providers. -Contributes to team decisions concerning necessary controls and restrictions required for the therapeutic progress of both individual patients and the community in general, and recommends degrees of supervision required, including privileges, therapeutic leaves of absence, readiness of job placement, readiness for special education programs, and readiness for discharge. -Provides consultation to, and where appropriate, leadership of the therapeutic community groups (e.g., decision making, planning, and special activity groups). Arranges referral of patients to other Federal agencies, state, and other public as well as private organizations. -Gives advice and guidance to patients relative to benefits and services provided with the VA and the local community, along with eligibility requirements. -Develops and maintains appropriate communications, rapport, and positive working relationship with a variety of institutions, organization's, and service providers, e.g., halfway house, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, community church groups, etc. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am -4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm; Compressed 4/10 schedule may be available dependent on needs of the service. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Addiction Therapist/PD0001228A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.