Addiction Therapist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 18, 2019
Closes
Aug 22, 2019
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Substance Abuse Recovery Program, Mental Health Service (MHSL) of the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC.

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Responsibilities

The Addiction Therapist will be the Medical Center's Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP), a specialized Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) within the MHSL.

He/She is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides treatment to patients with a diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder (SUD); patients may also have coexisting medical and other psychiatric conditions/problems.

Duties include, but not limited to the following:
  • 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;
  • Complies with all documentation policies, procedures, and protocols consistent with program or other applicable documentation requirements;
  • Establishes, maintains and updates all computerized records on patients as required by the medical center;
  • Records information and observations in patient's records with sufficient clarity and frequency to meet JCAHO and medical center guidelines and to assure clear communications regarding patient's progress to other team members;
  • Provides direct services to patients receiving OAT /methadone, including assisting pharmacy personnel in the monitoring of methadone dispensing;
  • Consults and submits request to physician for approval for increases/decreases of patient's dosages. according to identified treatment needs;
  • Supervises the collection of and screening of random urinalysis and breath alcohol content (BAC) as control intervention for treatment compliance;
  • Provides a complete spectrum of outpatient aftercare substance abuse services to include, but not limited to, individual, group, and family substance use disorder counseling/psychoeducational interventions, PTSD stabilization counseling and referrals;
  • Provides services during evening and weekend hours as assigned by the SARP Supervisory Addiction Therapist and/or coordinator/director.
  • Determines the strengths and weaknesses of SARP and developing proposal for program improvement/refinement.
  • Provides substance abuse/alcohol education and training to appropriate individuals internal and external to this Medical Center.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occassional Travel 50% or less

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/30/2019.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR
  • Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR
  • Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 2, No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-11:
    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience included, but are not limited to: Providing substance abuse/addiction therapy to a wide variety of patients; screening patients to identify the existence of substance abuse; devising graduated treatment plans with multidisciplinary team members; providing group and individual counseling; administering specialized /diversified treatments for patients with substance abuse problems; utilizing psychological development theories in evaluating behavior and reactions to treatment. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Note: You MUST provide a copy of your transcripts with your application package to receive consideration; OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education as stated above that provided you with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field of Addiction Therapy. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed, and transcripts are required.

NOTE: You MUST provide a copy of your transcripts with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education, to receive consideration.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Frequent center wide and community trips could be necessary. No unusual physical demands are placed on the incumbent. The work requires extreme patience and control of emotions. The work may require using appropriate techniques to de-escalate patients who present a danger to self or others; these techniques usually consist of verbal and. psychological interventions. The work may require assisting physically ill or disabled clients and may include lifting them.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .

Education

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • OF-306
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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