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Job Title: Creative Arts Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Haven, CT
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Creative Arts Therapist

Performing professional work requiring the application of the concepts, principles, and practices of art therapy, and the use of art interventions to treat the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of individual patients, groups of patients, and families;
Maintaining or rehabilitating patients' physical and/or mental health;
Palliating symptoms related to terminal illness and/or to address end of life issues;
Applying professional medical rehabilitative, therapeutic, and palliative principles based on a medical prescription, medical referral, and/or the integration of art therapy within the total health care plan for the patient;
Evaluating the history, interests, aptitudes, and skills of patients through interviews, inventories, tests, and measurements;
Using findings, along with medical records or therapy orders of physicians or nurse practitioners, to develop and implement therapeutic interventions for individual patients;
Employing the knowledge and understanding of physical and mental illness, psychology, and other appropriate physical, social, and biological sciences and skill in art therapy to plan and carry out treatment programs;
Administering programs directed to treatment goals that include but are not limited to sensory integration, ambulation, diminishing emotional stress, pain management, community integration, reality orientation, muscular dysfunction re-orientation, treatment of psychosocial dysfunction, providing a sense of achievement and progress, palliating symptoms, and improving quality of life;
Conducting ongoing evaluations of therapy results to modify, redirect, adjust, and/or augment treatment plans as indicated by each patient's response to treatment or progress related to patient's physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs, skills, aptitudes, abilities and interests;
Providing a diverse variation of therapy services as both adjunctive and primary therapy services, depending on the need;
Serving on interdisciplinary treatment teams using professional knowledge and skills in the integration of art therapy into overall team treatment plans;
Performing related duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, and Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required.
NOTE: This is a part-time position (20 hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.

LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Requires a valid state driver's license.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's or higher degree in Creative Arts or Art Therapy (transcripts required); a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses which included 18 semester hours of art therapy courses and 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation (transcripts required); or are you an employee who is currently assigned to a position in this occupational series as of September 2017, which meets the basic requirements for this position (latest SF50 required).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in federal service that has provided me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Creative Arts Therapist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of art therapy; performing art therapy programming, completion of assessments, interacting with core team members, developing treatment plans, creating and administering therapeutic activities and safety procedures; creating therapeutic activities, coordinating treatment plans, and completing documentation. NOTE: Experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of art therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations covered by this standard and that did not involve the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor or other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions) is not qualifying for this series. Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

A Ph.D., equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major field of study directly related to recreation therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama) or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. NOTE: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-09 to meet the total requirements for this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed and transcripts are required.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decision Making


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

None

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

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


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 ensure you have included all 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 or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English.

LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Requires a valid state driver's license.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's or higher degree in Creative Arts or Art Therapy (transcripts required); a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses which included 18 semester hours of art therapy courses and 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation (transcripts required); or are you an employee who is currently assigned to a position in this occupational series as of September 2017, which meets the basic requirements for this position (latest SF50 required).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in federal service that has provided me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Creative Arts Therapist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of art therapy; performing art therapy programming, completion of assessments, interacting with core team members, developing treatment plans, creating and administering therapeutic activities and safety procedures; creating therapeutic activities, coordinating treatment plans, and completing documentation. NOTE: Experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of art therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations covered by this standard and that did not involve the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor or other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions) is not qualifying for this series. Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

A Ph.D., equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree with a major field of study directly related to recreation therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama) or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. NOTE: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-09 to meet the total requirements for this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed and transcripts are required.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Communication
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decision Making


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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