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Job Title: Recreation Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cleveland, OH
Position Type: Full-Time
Post Date: 07/03/2022
Expire Date: 08/21/2022
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Sports and Recreation, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Recreation Therapist
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States (U.S.). (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a)). Education: Bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, in music therapy, or in music with an emphasis in music therapy. The degree must be approved by the National Association for Schools of Music and/or the American Music Therapy Association. OR Bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, and must be a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). If hired under this education, the certification cannot be waived. Foreign Education: To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials. The private organization must deem such education at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs. Certification: current certification as a CTRS by the NCTRC.. If hired under paragraph 3b(5)(b), certification cannot be waived. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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). Grandfathering Provision: All persons employed in VHA as a recreation or creative arts therapist, on the effective date of this qualification standard(June 7, 2019), are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series, and grade held, including positive education, and registration and/or certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed, the following provisions apply: Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to, and including, the full performance (journeyman) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level, or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Employees who were appointed on a temporary basis, prior to the effective date of the qualification standard, may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/registration/certification, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. Recreation and creative arts therapists who are converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements, in effect at the time of reentry, as a recreation or creative arts therapist. Grade Determinations: GS-7: None beyond the basic requirements GS-9: Master's degree in Recreation Therapy. One(1) year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level (GS-07), demonstrating the following: Knowledge of recreation therapy and work with guidance from higher level or supervisory staff to establish treatment procedures that are substantially adapted and applied for patients who are acutely ill. Conduct patient evaluations. Analyze and interpret leisure, cognitive, and motor skill assessment data to develop individualized goals, objectives, and treatment plan of care. Develop and select interventions to achieve patient goals. Review patient progress. Adapt or adjust the treatment plan and intervention strategies. Implement therapeutic interventions that support measurable functional outcomes (interventions include, but are not limited to leisure education, reality orientation, memory, and gross motor activities). Evaluate patient needs for additional, alternative, or termination of services. Document patient's behavioral observations, progress, functioning, and intervention outcomes. Develop and provide collaborative services with other team members. GS-11: One(1) year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level (GS-09), demonstrating the following: Conduct, analyze, interpret, and report evaluation data based upon functional domains (cognitive, sensory, social, affective, physical, and leisure). Improve or support clinical outcomes may include but are not limited to: develop positive patterns of behavior; relaxation and stress reduction; lifestyle alteration; social skills training; develop self-esteem; reinforce positive relationships; motor learning and training strategies; anger and pain management; identify risks; recovery support; lifestyle adjustment; conflict/problem resolution; adjustment to disability, including coping with grief and loss. Exercises resourcefulness in providing individualized, unique effective methods and procedures when implementing therapeutic interventions including but not limited to: assistive technology; cognitive behavioral skills; aquatic therapy; wellness, prevention, and recovery; adapted sports and leisure development, community accessibility/reintegration/transition. Implements and modifies treatment plan and goals compatible to patient functional capacity as necessary to assure optimum outcome. Assist in the developing, planning, and implementing of new programs which apply to current evidenced based care. Perform documentation of patient care, including progress notes, daily attendance/encounters, and reports (monthly, safety, and others), as needed. Assist the Supervisor in planning and developing various treatment programs to meet patient needs. Demonstrate competency in knowledge of electronic documentation and computer skills and completion of all patient care documentation, encounters, and scheduling according to VA, facility, policies, guideline, and standards. Complete all statistical and administrative reports according to Recreation Therapy Service and Medical Center Policies. Compile and maintain statistical records and information for the completion of required reports. Identify & recommend solutions to supervisor for problems, such as budget, reporting procedures, safety, time management, student assignments, & utilization of resources, such as support personnel and/or volunteers. Provides input to the Supervisor on equipment and personnel needs in recreation therapy. Incorporating the four-step process of: assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of services delivered, the therapist constructs appropriate and evidence-based recreation therapy interventions for treating patients with complex medical or mental health issues such as but not limited to: Polytrauma (TBI); Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Substance Use Disorder/ Addictions; Serious Mental Illness; Hospice/Palliative Care, CVA, and SCI. Provide direct patient care and receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members for only the most complex patients and require only general supervision. Review recreation therapy consults and conduct comprehensive evaluations. References: VA Handbook 5005/111 June 7, 2019, PART II, APPENDIX G60, II-G60-4. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of to GS-7 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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