The Marriage and Family Therapist works full time the MHRRTP Program, which is under the purview of the MHRRTP Director. Works as a LMFT for the MHRRTP and provides case management and counseling services for veterans in the MHRRP. Clinical & Case Management Responsibilities- Screening/Assessment: The LMFT is responsible for the in-depth psychosocial assessment as part of the overall assessment of the patient. Identifies problems/needs form the assessment to be treated and develops the individual treatment plan. Is responsible for providing individual professional input and addressing the social aspect of the patient's situation. Counseling: Conducts therapeutic counseling in accordance with specific guidelines and handles crises at an advanced clinical counseling practice level, regularly without supervision. Serves as therapist/counselor with individuals and in group therapy sessions. Observes and documents behavior and reaction patterns of patients to be utilized by other staff professionals and/or the multidisciplinary treatment team, and final disposition for follow-up. Outpatient/Aftercare: The incumbent is responsible for independently developing, organizing, and implementing a wide variety of outpatient aftercare treatment for patients and their collateral's. The incumbent is independently responsible for developing and implement methods to motivate veterans to attend aftercare and/or participate in the outpatient program. Aftercare planning is coordinated with the multidisciplinary treatment team to provide continuity in the transition from residential treatment to the outpatient component (including CBOC). Consultations: The incumbent provides consultations to physicians and other professionals with the Healthcare System to assess the patient's appropriateness for admission into the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation component of treatment. Referral to Service Providers: Throughout the course of treatment the LMFT is the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. The LMFT will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the veteran's needs. The LMFT is responsible for educating the veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Coordination of non-institutional and institutional services: The LFMT will review the progress notes from the other providers to accurately determine the strengths and limitations of each veteran being referred for mental health services. LMFT will educate the veteran, their families, and the team of all the options available to them and will collaborate with the veteran and family on the preferred option. Administrative Responsibilities- The LFMT enters all veteran/family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. This information must be entered in a complete, confidential, and professional manner to ensure information on the patient is shared with other VA staff. This information is to be reviewed on a regular basis. The LFMT establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within the VA and outside community agencies. Attendance of all appropriate staff meetings (interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, MHRRTP staff meetings, departmental/section staff meetings, other committees as appropriate, etc.) is necessary. Additional duties may be required to be performed, as needed. The LMFT will collaborate in the performance improvement processes and comply with performance measures as required by the VHA for Mental Health Service. This work will include referring cases for Protected Peer Review and Intensive Case Review. The Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor will participate in activities that obtain feedback from clients and work to enhance services as needed. LMFT Counselor will attend all meetings (weekly interdisciplinary treatment team meetings, MHRRTP staff meetings, assigned committees, etc.) and perform other duties as required by Mental Health Service Line. This may include coverage responsibilities in the absence of other MHRRTP staff to ensure timely access and coordination of care. The incumbent completes the continuing education hours need for maintaining Professional Licensure. The incumbent demonstrates professional behavior that conforms to VA regulations and policy, State and Federal laws, and ethical codes of appropriate professional mental health accrediting organizations. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm 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.