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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Recreation Therapist (Whole Health Service) in Temple, Texas

Summary The Recreation Therapist is assigned the Whole Health and Integrated Health Service's Wellbeing section at the Central Texas Health Care System. The Recreation Therapist provides recreation therapy treatment interventions incorporating the four-step process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient treatment. Supports facility mission and coordinates recreation therapy activities with other services, units, clinics and local community. Responsibilities Provides recreation/education to explore interests and attitudes with respect to leisure, recreation, and social relationships to enable the patient to identify, locate and utilize recreation resources in the community. Evaluates patient progress, effectiveness and outcomes of therapeutic interventions through regular contact with the patient, establishes goals based on evaluation findings, and develops treatment interventions. Documents patient care and response to care in the medical records based on identified, measurable outcomes and reviews the plan as appropriate. This including assessments, interventions, progress notes, encounters, consultations, care plans, discharge planning and other reports as needed. Collaborate in co-treatment of complex clinical cases and demonstrate an ability to design, develop, or modify therapy methods as needed. Develop therapeutic relationships with professional boundaries and establish a safe environment for the patient. Provide education as required to the patient and family regarding treatment interventions and goals, in addition to any consideration involving adaptations to better ensure optimal treatment outcomes. Keeps abreast of developments in the therapeutic recreation field and incorporates new techniques into patient treatment. Adapts standard recreation activities to meet the individual, physical or psychological disability of the patient(s) to restore or maintain the physical or psychological health of the individual. Plans and schedules a variety of program activities considering the diverse interests of the patients assigned, often devising and improvising recreation activities to meet the special needs of the patients. Provides recreation service for pre-discharge planning and aftercare recreation therapy guidance which should stimulate the development of a positive attitude toward one's self and constructive use of leisure. Reports either orally or by progress note, information regarding treatment response, problems, adaptation to activities, behavioral changes and/or unusual developments to members of the patient treatment team units. Extensive contact with the patients requires a high degree of communication skills with persons who are physically ill, handicapped, or psychologically withdrawn. Frequent contacts with the treatment team serves to evaluate the patient's response to recreation therapy modalities. Maintains productivity standards and practices effective time management. Maintains accurate record keeping of daily clinical activities, including information for scheduling and billing. Manages resources (time, materials, staff) in a cost-effective manner. Assists in developing and revising patient education materials, clinical forms, and protocols. Assists in achieving compliance regulatory agency standards, established by OSHA, VHA, JC, CARF and other reviewing agencies. Participates in the orientation and training of new therapists, students, and volunteers. May serve as a mentor or preceptor for any recreation therapy student. Instructs, supervises, and evaluates the student/intern. Completes special projects as assigned. Prepares and conducts in-service education. Competent in Microsoft Office Suite to include Teams, Excel, Word, Outlook, Publisher and PowerPoint. Work Schedule: Sunday -Thursday 08:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Rotating Shifts, Nights, Weekends, Holidays. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Recreation Therapist (Whole Health Service)/PD000000 and PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. The following education requirements apply to the recreation therapist, creative arts therapist (art), creative arts therapist (dance/movement), creative arts therapist (drama), and creative arts therapist (music): Recreation Therapist - 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, 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. Certification. Required Certification Recreation Therapist. Applicants must be certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC. If hired under paragraph 3b(1)(b), certification cannot be waived. Exception. Non-registered and/or non-certified applicants, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for registration and/or certification, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate recreation or creative arts therapist, under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B), for a period not to exceed two years. Applicants who fail to obtain registration and/or certification during this temporary full-time appointment may be terminated. The exception only applies to positions at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be registered and/or certified. 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). 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). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: Recreation Therapist, GS-07 Experience/Education. None beyond the basic requirements. Assignment. Employees at this level serve in an entry level position as a recreation therapist. They work under the direct supervision of a recreation or creative arts therapist, at or above the full-performance level, or a designated supervisor in a clinical environment. Employees have knowledge of their respective discipline, and work with guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff. Established treatment procedures are substantially adapted and applied for acutely ill patients. Employees at this level would not be assigned work at a community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC), unless supervision is on site. Recreation Therapist, GS-09 Experience/Education. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level GS-07, or a master's degree in recreation therapy may be substituted for the required one year of professional recreation therapist experience. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of assessment tools and treatment for the diagnosis or disability of the patient. Knowledge to interpret and apply all health and safety regulations, to minimize and mitigate risks in the provisions of patient care, and environmental maintenance. Ability to effectively communicate and educate patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professionals to facilitate the treatment process. Knowledge to apply evidence-based and best practice therapeutic techniques and interventions. Assignment. Employees at this level serve in a developmental position as a recreation therapist. They work under general supervision to perform work in a clinical environment. Employees have knowledge of their respective discipline 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. The recreation therapist may: 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); Recreation Therapist, GS-11 Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level GS-09. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. 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. 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. 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. Skill in independently applying evidence-based and best practice therapeutic techniques and interventions. Knowledge of the principles and techniques in recreation therapy assessment and the treatment of recreation, leisure, and biopsychosocial functional deficits. Assignment. Employees serving at the full performance level function with independent judgment to administer and interpret recreation therapy assessments and utilize clinical competencies to develop unconventional assessment and interview approaches to effectively elicit information. They conduct, analyze, interpret, and report assessment data based upon functional domains (cognitive, sensory, social, affective, physical, and leisure). References: VA Handbook 5005/111, PART II APPENDIX G60, RECREATION AND CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0638 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 GS-07 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds; moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; operation of a crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; both eyes required; 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. 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. 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. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. 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. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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