Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Addiction Therapist in San Antonio, Texas

  • Duties



This position is located in San Antonio, Texas at the Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP). The incumbent will perform a variety of therapeutic and program related activities with supervision from the DRRTP Program Manager or his/her designee. The incumbent will function as a member of a interdisciplinary treatment team in delivering health care to veterans and their families requesting treatment for chemical dependency. The incumbent will function in a number of clinical program areas. The Addiction Therapist falls under the auspices of the DRRTP program within Psychology Service and is under the direct supervision of the DRRTP Program Manager or his/her designee.

The Addiction Therapist provides therapeutic services to Veterans who have been diagnosed with substance abuse disorders. The Addiction Therapist serves as a member of a interdisciplinary treatment team and works with other professionals to formulate recovery plans for veterans in the residential and outpatient treatment programs. Addiction Therapists may conduct therapy sessions on a daily or weekly basis, as needed or directed by the DRRTP Program Manager or designee. The Addiction Therapist works closely with members of the interdisciplinary team including Physicians, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and other care providers within the facility and in the community.

Patients are usually assigned on a random basis with little review by the psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker in charge. The incumbent works relatively independently within established guides and precedents, but must use caution and care when executing treatment modalities. As unusual, rare, or extremely complex cases evolve, they are discussed with the interdisciplinary team with appropriate actions taken. Final case work is reviewed on a random basis for interview techniques, problem identification, counseling approaches, input into the development and/or modification of recovery and/or follow- up plans and written assessments and conclusions, by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm, Evenings and Weekends may be required. Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:Addiction Therapist/671-1904-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

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  • Receives patients and provides interest achievement, demographic and social information as part of the intake of individuals into the DRRTP.

  • Collects data from standardized psychological instruments to objectively measure progress and/or identify developing needs of persons served.

  • 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.

  • Prepares written assessments based on knowledge of each patient's background and medical history for use by members of the multidisciplinary treatment team or the therapist's use in developing the appropriate treatment process.

  • Serves as a member of the interdisciplinary team and works with other professionals to formulate recovery and follow-up plans for each patient assigned.

  • Conducts group, family, couples and individual therapeutic counseling sessions; observes patient behaviors and reaction patterns for use by higher level professionals or the treatment team in reviewing and modifying recovery and/or follow-up plans.

  • 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 for 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).

  • Maintains appropriate records, charting information necessary to ensure that they are kept current.

  • Arranges referral of patients to other federal agencies, state and other public and private organizations and gives guidance to patients relative to benefits and services provided within 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, organizations and service providers, e.g., halfway houses, Alcoholics, Narcotics Anonymous, other step-based (including non-faith based) community programs, AL-Anon, community church groups, etc.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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  • 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

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/30/2018.

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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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. 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: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: * Knowledge of crisis-oriented counseling, including methods and techniques for triage, and short-term/in-depth counseling. * Knowledge of the fundamental principles, theories, and methods of addition therapy and counseling. * Knowledge of personality development theories, and methods of addiction therapy and counseling. * Knowledge of individual and group therapy principles and techniques. * Knowledge of federal and applicable state laws regarding use of restraints, involuntary treatment and other similar matters. * Knowledge of the "disease concept" of chemical dependency. * Ability to incorporate "disease concept" into effective treatment planning. * Basic awareness of eligibility requirements for patient services at other federal agencies, at state or other public and private organizations, in order to make use of such services in treatment patients. * Demonstrated ability to work effectively with difficult, potentially dangerous patients. * Demonstrated ability to provide psychological and social assessments and develop appropriate treatment plans based on patient's background and medical histories. * Demonstrated ability to develop realistic, measurable and attainable treatment goals. * Knowledge of specialized psychological treatment modalities including relaxation training, short-term problem- -solving therapy, and social skills training. OR,

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have two full years of graduate education or a master's degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond a bachelors degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Education and Training
  • Emergency Management
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Veteran and Customer Focus
  • Writing

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:Light lifting under 15 pounds, light carrying under 15 pounds, hearing (aid permitted) ability to perform therapy, ability to independently perform physical exam as appropriate to position. emotional and mental stability, mostly sitting with some walking, working closely with others.


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

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Additional information

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced 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

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.

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

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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


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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

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

  • Resume
  • SF-50

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 CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants must apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/30/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Sean Marshall

210-617-5300 X17942





Audie L Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital 7400 Merton Minter Boulevard San Antonio, TX US

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Next steps

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/30/2018

Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent