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Job Title: Recreation Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Saginaw, MI
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Recreation Therapist

The incumbent is responsible for planning Therapeutic Recreational programs that provide therapeutic treatments to patients being treated in the inpatient unit (CLC and Acute Care Unit) as well as assignments that include work with Outpatient Veterans. The incumbent may also be responsible for provision of clinical interventions to outpatients involved in various Mental Health Clinics. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assembles pre-evaluation data, interprets medical record information, reviews therapy prescriptions, and conducts mental, physical, social, cognitive, environmental, financial and motivational evaluations in order to write and implement a treatment plan.
  • Conducts recreation therapy assessments utilizing professionally accepted procedures including structured interview, direct observation, standardized testing and medical record review and documents assessments in the medical record in a timely manner. The assessment generates functional data related to physical, social, cognitive, behavioral and leisure domains as appropriate to the specific patient population.
  • Provides supervision and training to recreation therapy interns/job shadow students from affiliated academic institutions when completing clinical training in their area of clinical specialization. Instructs interns on assessment methodologies, diagnosis and treatment implications and treatment strategies and modalities.
  • Functions as a core team member of a clinical multidisciplinary team for the purpose of providing total health care delivery to the patient and continuity of care by sharing ideas and exchanging pertinent information. Incumbent attends formal and informal interdisciplinary team and family meeting at least 3-5 days a week.
Work schedule: 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM or 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday, may be required to work some weekends) - Tour of duty will be discussed during interview process.

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Recreation Therapist / #81024-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: 9/14/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Basic Requirements

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy.

OR

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses as described below:

  • 18 semester hours of therapeutic recreation courses; and
  • 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation

Grade Requirements

GS-11

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: demonstrate recreational therapy techniques needed to perform functions associated within the recreational therapy scope of practice; apply techniques in the recreational therapy assessment and treatment such as social skills training, cognitive retraining, remotivation therapy, reality orientation, physical activities, patient fitness program, reminiscence therapy, expressive therapy, leisure education, horticulture therapy, sensory stimulation, community re-integration programs etc.; apply health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care.

OR,

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. To qualify based on education for this grade level you mut have: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

OR

Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, an applicant with 6 months of appropriate experience equivalent to GS-7 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-9) and 27 semester hours of appropriate graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement for GS-9, in excess of that required for GS-7) would be qualified for a GS-9 position (assuming that there is no evidence that the attended college or university requires more than 18 semester hours as equivalent to a year of graduate study).

Preferred Qualifications/Experience: At least One year of experience as Recreational therapist in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is preferred. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification is preferred.

Reference: Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualifications Standard, Recreation Therapist, Series: 0638

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

1 - Knowledge of psychology, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

2 - Ability to interpret medical information in relation to disabilities and identify behaviors/conditions which can
be appropriately addressed utilizing recreation therapy interventions.

3 - Knowledge of standardized testing procedures that can be utilized to obtain baseline information
regarding specific functional abilities in physical, emotional, social, cognitive and leisure domains.

4 - Knowledge of multiple recreation modalities and the ability to effectively select appropriate interventions
to accomplish difficult treatment objectives.

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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.You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Must possess a valid State Driver's License.

Physical Requirements:
the work involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking, standing, sitting, bending, pushing/pulling, positioning of severely disabled patients, transportation of patients in wheelchairs, moderately heavy lifting or moving of equipment and moderately heavy lifting of physically impaired patients while assisting with ambulating and transfers and participation in athletic events. There is sedentary time required for completion of administrative duties. The incumbent may need to drive motor vehicles.

Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (You must see the checklist below to determine if you are required to submit other documents required to determine your eligibility/qualifications for the position):

  • Resume


ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade.

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 make sure you have included other 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 claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • 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

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement: 9/14/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Basic Requirements

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy.

OR

Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses as described below:

  • 18 semester hours of therapeutic recreation courses; and
  • 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation

Grade Requirements

GS-11

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: demonstrate recreational therapy techniques needed to perform functions associated within the recreational therapy scope of practice; apply techniques in the recreational therapy assessment and treatment such as social skills training, cognitive retraining, remotivation therapy, reality orientation, physical activities, patient fitness program, reminiscence therapy, expressive therapy, leisure education, horticulture therapy, sensory stimulation, community re-integration programs etc.; apply health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care.

OR,

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. To qualify based on education for this grade level you mut have: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

OR

Combination of Graduate Education and Professional Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, an applicant with 6 months of appropriate experience equivalent to GS-7 (50 percent of the experience requirement for GS-9) and 27 semester hours of appropriate graduate education (50 percent of the education requirement for GS-9, in excess of that required for GS-7) would be qualified for a GS-9 position (assuming that there is no evidence that the attended college or university requires more than 18 semester hours as equivalent to a year of graduate study).

Preferred Qualifications/Experience: At least One year of experience as Recreational therapist in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) is preferred. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification is preferred.

Reference: Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualifications Standard, Recreation Therapist, Series: 0638

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

1 - Knowledge of psychology, anatomy, physiology and medical terminology.

2 - Ability to interpret medical information in relation to disabilities and identify behaviors/conditions which can
be appropriately addressed utilizing recreation therapy interventions.

3 - Knowledge of standardized testing procedures that can be utilized to obtain baseline information
regarding specific functional abilities in physical, emotional, social, cognitive and leisure domains.

4 - Knowledge of multiple recreation modalities and the ability to effectively select appropriate interventions
to accomplish difficult treatment objectives.

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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.
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