Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Recreation Therapist in Amarillo, Texas
Summary Incumbent is assigned to Geriatric and Extended Care at the Thomas E. Creek Amarillo VA Health Care System. Provides services to residents in the Community Living Center. Recreation Therapist provides treatment interventions incorporating the four-step process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient treatment services. Responsibilities Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical Administering Recreation Therapy and recreation assessments and developing individualized treatment plans and interventions with knowledge of symptoms of diagnoses in the provision of Recreation Therapy based on current literature and best practices Providing assessments in areas of physical, cognitive, spiritual and emotional needs for residents with diagnosis of TBI, Parkinson, Stroke, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease, Cancer and other medical conditions associated with age-related disabilities, within Long-Term Skilled Nursing, Hospice and Short-Term Rehabilitation programs Providing assessment and Recreation Therapy interventions for Veterans with dementia and Alzheimer's disease Providing support for family caregivers and including them, where appropriate, in provision of services to their loved one Planning comprehensive therapeutic recreation programing meeting diverse needs of Veteran population in the Community Living Center. Planning recreation calendar, allocating staff and volunteer resources Maintaining credit card procedures and obtaining needed supplies and equipment Maintaining VA driver's license Establishing safe procedures in transporting Veterans on recreation community outings Collaborating in co-treatment of complex clinical cases and demonstrating an ability to design, develop, or adapt unique Recreation Therapy methods as needed Administration Adhering to Medical Center policies and procedures Utilizing Automated Data Processing (ADP) system in accordance with established procedures Adhering to Medical Center ADP Security policy Education Maintaining professional competence and certification through participation in continuing education Assisting in teaching and providing learning opportunities for Recreation Therapy clinical interns/trainees as required Participating in staff orientation Successfully completing Medical Center assigned mandatory trainings, and in-service activities Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with night, weekend and holiday assignment rotation Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Recreation Therapist/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. The following education requirements apply to the recreation therapist. (a) A bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with a major in therapeutic recreation or recreation/leisure, with an option and/or emphasis in therapeutic recreation. The degree must be approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC); OR,(b) A bachelor's degree or higher in any field from an accredited college or university and must be a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). The degree must be approved by the NCTRC. If hired under this education, the certification cannot be waived. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) 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. Required Certification Recreation Therapist. Applicants must be certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC. Loss of Credential. A recreation therapist who fails to maintain the required registration and/or certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: GS-11Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: i. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment interventions to address the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment of function and utilization of unconventional methods and techniques. ii. Knowledge to independently interpret provider referrals and consults; and apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and the environment of care. iii. Skill in effectively communicating and educating, in a clear and concise manner, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professionals to facilitate the interdisciplinary treatment process. iv. Skill in independently utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care in areas such as, but not limited to recommendations for recreation therapy assistive devices, including fit and function. v. Skill in independently applying evidence-based and best practice therapeutic techniques and interventions.vi. Knowledge of the principles and techniques in recreation therapy assessment and the treatment of recreation, leisure, and biopsychosocial functional deficits. Preferred Experience: One year experience as a certified recreation therapist Participation in community events and outings One to three years experience in long-term care provision of recreation therapy Provision of care in an inter-disciplinary setting in long-term care residents Collaboration with providers in the care of Veterans References: VA Handbook 5005/111 Part II Appendix G60. Recreation and Creative Arts Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0638 Veterans Health Administration June 7, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), pushing (2 hours), use of fingers, both hands required, (walking 5 hours), kneeling (2 hours), repeated bending (5 hours), climbing, legs only (2 hours) and hearing (aid may be permitted). Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Accreditation Information: The bachelor's degree or higher, must be from an accredited college or university approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) OR a bachelor's degree or higher in any field from an accredited college or university and must be a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. Degree must be approved by the NCTRC. Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. Note: If your school was accredited by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) at the time of graduation but is no longer listed on the NCTRC website, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet. 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. 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