The Addiction Therapist provides addiction evaluation, treatment and other therapeutic activities directly associated to the clinical care of Veterans receiving Substance Use Disorder treatment in a Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP). This position is located at the North Texas VA Health Care System Bonham Domiciliary, Dallas Gold Team, 5N and HDOM. Basic Requirements: Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States (U.S.). Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a). English Language Proficiency. LMAT candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education.(1) Hold a master's degree or higher in drug and alcohol studies or related behavioral health field from an accredited college or university. Foreign Education. There is no substitution for foreign education for this occupation; therefore, foreign education evaluation is not applicable. Licensure. Individuals appointed or reassigned to an LMAT position must possess a full, current, and unrestricted license in a jurisdiction for independent practice in the field of Alcohol and Drug Treatment. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Addiction Therapist (Licensed Master's) GS-11. Experience. One year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade (GS-9).Licensure. Candidates must possess a full, current and unrestricted license in a State for independent practice in the field of Alcohol and Drug Treatment. NOTE: Applicants who meet the qualifications requirements for an AT at the full performance level, who have a minimum of one year experience at that level and who have obtained the master's degree and license will be qualified at the GS-11 level. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (a) Skill to independently complete assessments of substance use disorders, treatment planning and continued care planning. (b) Skill to apply the principles, concepts and methods of counseling and therapies used in the treatment of individuals with SUDs. (c) Skill to collaborate and consult on medical or other psychiatric disorders as interrelated to SUDs. (d) Ability to apply various community-based recovery programs and resources in a treatment plan. Preferred Experience: 3+ years of direct patient care that includes assessment and care of SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS 3+ Experience with individual and group counseling/education Experience with crisis management Competency/experience related to ADULT population 18-geriatric Training in EVIDENCE BASED treatment modalities (MI, CBT, REBT, etc) References: VA Handbook 5005/155 Part II Appendix G76-B Addiction Therapist Qualification Standard Dated November 30, 2022 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices, training rooms, and libraries. Adequate lighting, heating and ventilation are provided. The position requires normal safety precautions in managing direct patient care. The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing, stooping, kneeling, and carrying items less than 20 pounds, driving or traveling by motor vehicle. ["This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until December 31, 2023. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible applications will be February 24,2023, with subsequent cut-off dates on the 1st of each month. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. Applicants will remain active for 90 days after their initial application is received and/or updated. After that time, you must update your application through your USAJobs account if you would like to be made active again for possible consideration during the open period Duties to include but no limited to: Screening to determine a patients need for SUD related care Evaluation and assessment of substance specific care needs using agency identified standards Orientation to program and general program expectations Individual/Group psychoeducation using agency identified standards Documentation in the electronic medical record using DAPO format or other format as required SME at Multidisciplinary team meetings for treatment and/or staff development purposes Relapse prevention planning specific to the patients needs Maintaining productivity standards as identified by each area of responsibility Complies with The Joint Commission requirements and other accrediting agency standards to ensure safe and quality patient care Maintaining appropriate communication, rapport, and positive working relationships with a variety of organizations and service providers Other related duties as assigned which are appropriate to this grade and assignment Short-term, individual education/counseling specific to the patients identified needs Integrated treatment planning specific to the patients identified needs Applies SUD specific Evidence Based Treatment modalities specific to the patient's identified needs Leads multidisciplinary care coordination using measurement-based care Individual case management/correspondence specific to the patients identified legal/occupational needs Crisis intervention specific to patients identified needs and within agencies defined scope of practice Family education/counseling specific to the patients identified needs Assists with vocational service planning Assists with referrals to community-based resources Analyze and interpret data and recommend changes to care and discharge planning Clinical supervision and oversight of direct patient care for subordinate Addiction Therapists Independently manages care needs of a caseload Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0730-1600 or 0800-1630; Alternate schedule may be available dependent on need of the service. Compressed/Flexible: May be authorized based on the needs of the service Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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