The Addiction Therapist provides in-depth therapeutic counseling, assessment, and treatment planning for veterans in treatment in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs. They work with minimal supervision, organize and conduct individual and group counseling, patient education sessions, substance abuse assessments, and case management work. They're located within clinics established to treat patients suffering from substance abuse, where patients are referred on a random basis COUNSELING/CONSULTATION/PATIENT SUPERVISION: - Conducts therapeutic short-term, in depth counseling in accordance with specific guidelines and may occasionally handle crisis intervention or other emergency situations without benefit of specific instructions - Conducts group, family and individual therapeutic counseling sessions; observes patient behaviors and reaction patterns for use by higher level professionals or the multidisciplinary treatment team in reviewing and modifying treatment and/or follow-up plans - Provides consultation to and, where appropriate, leadership of the therapeutic community groups (e.g., decision making, planning and special activity groups) - Escort and supervise patients to 12 step and other off unit programs ASSESSMENT: - Receives patients and provides substance abuse assessments to include demographic and social information as part of the intake of individuals into the substance abuse program - Prepares written assessments based on knowledge of each patient's background and medical history for use by members of other multidisciplinary treatment team or the therapist's use in developing the appropriate treatment process - Administers and scores substance abuse-related objective testing and provides feedback to patients RECORDS/TRAINING/COMMUNICATIONS: - Maintains appropriate records, charting information necessary to ensure that they are kept current - Trains other therapists and medical personnel in substance use disorder interventions, motivational interventions, crisis oriented counseling, and other germane subjects - Develops and maintains appropriate communications, rapport, and positive working relationships with a variety of institutions, organizations and service providers, e.g., halfway houses, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, AI-Anon, community church groups, etc. TEAM: - Serves as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team and works with other professionals to formulate treatment and follow-up plans for each patient assigned - Contributes to team decisions regarding treatment planning and readiness for discharge to alternate levels of care. The incumbent of this position is a clinical, professional staff member assigned to the Substance Use Disorder program. The program treats patients who range in age from young adults to some geriatric patients with diagnoses of Substance Addiction, co-occurring Mental Disorders, and Homelessness. The incumbent works with minimal supervision, as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team and is programmatically responsible to the Chief, Substance Use Disorders, and Chief of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences. The position requires the incumbent to be knowledgeable in Addictive Disorders and Mental Health Issues. The incumbent must be competent in developing assessments and treatment plans based on patient's background and substance abuse and mental health histories. The work of this position requires the following skills, knowledge and abilities: -Knowledge of the fundamental principles, theories and methods of addiction therapy to provide individual and group counseling in addiction disorders. -Knowledge of personality development theory in order to evaluate behavior and reaction patterns of patients. -Knowledge of individual and group addiction therapy principles and techniques in order to conduct individual or group therapy sessions focused on recovery from addictions, and in order to develop and conduct psychoeducational interventions as part of the comprehensive treatment programming.. -Ability to work effectively with difficult, potentially dangerous patients. -Ability to identify and assess the patient's physical, emotional, behavioral, social leisure, cultural and spiritual needs in order to provide appropriate guidance, counseling therapy or other needed services or treatments. -Ability to individualize goals and types of treatment. -Knowledge of the 12 step support groups such as AA, NA, CA, GA, AL-Anon and other self-help groups to provide therapeutic counseling in addictive disorders. -Knowledge of interdisciplinary team work to serve as an effective member of the inter-disciplinary treatment team. -Knowledge of Dementia in order to assess its effects on the emotion and behavior. -Special problems of the effect of substance abuse on the aging brain. -Knowledge of the chronic illnesses of the aging population to provide needed services to geriatric population. The incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Outpatient SATP Coordinator. The supervisor defines the method to be taken and techniques to be used. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Addiction Therapist/PD21X75A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.