As an Addiction Therapist assigned to the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), VAMC Washington DC, the incumbent's primary assignments will be the Medical Center's Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP), a specialized Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) within the MHSL. The incumbent is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides treatment to patients with a diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and coexisting medical and other psychiatric conditions/problems. As an Addiction Therapist the incumbent will have the following principal duties and responsibilities: Counseling and Rehabilitation Services Provides ongoing individual, group and family substance use disorder counseling and education as necessary to facilitate a successful transition back to the community upon completion of the IOP. Conducts therapeutic short-term, in-depth counseling in accordance with specific guidelines. Conducts interviews, uses questionnaires or other measurement devices, or observes the patient to assess emotional, functional or psychological condition. Gathers social, drug, family and military history and reasons for referral. Prepares written assessments based on knowledge of patient's background and medical history for use by members of the interdisciplinary treatment team or for own use to develop treatment. Functions as primary care provider for patient during treatment in program. Manages individual patient's treatment plans. Direct services may also include consultation for patients who are being treated in medical/surgical, psychiatric, and other inpatient specialty services including the VAMC nursing home care unit. Direct services may include provision of crisis intervention for those with SUD diagnoses in this and other VAMC outpatient programs and clinics and/or inpatient units. Incumbent makes appropriate referral to community or other professional resources as necessary for effective rehabilitation. Conducts specialized mental health counseling and therapy, usually in a group setting (examples include Motivation Enhancement Therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapies). The incumbent performs all counseling and rehabilitation services at the level of clinical expert in the field of addiction counseling. Incumbent may supervise, as assigned other Addiction Therapists and Rehabilitation Technicians assuring delivery of high-quality counseling and rehabilitation services. Work Schedule: Full-time (Mon-Fri) Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Addiction Therapist/PD02440A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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