Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Recreation Therapist in Las Vegas, Nevada
Summary Recreation Therapist develops, implements, and evaluates a therapeutic program with the framework of the specific area that the therapist is assigned by the Chief, of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMRS). Recreation Therapists evaluates the history, interest and aptitude for the patient in order to develop an appropriate individualized plan of rehabilitation. Responsibilities The duties and responsibilities of Recreation Therapist include but are not limited to the following: Patient Focus: The therapist respects all Veterans, their caregivers and extended families by exhibiting sensitivity to their needs, tolerance, and individual differences including values, social backgrounds and ethnic groups. The therapist effectively uses professional skills, objectively, and insight to respond constructively to both positive and negative reactions. The therapist communicates confidence in the patient's ability and facilitates therapeutic process and progress. The therapist maintains appropriate professional boundaries and provides appropriate recognition for growth. Assessment: The therapist serves as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment or palliative care team. The therapist conducts assessments using effective interviewing techniques and assessment instruments to obtain objectives and factual information pertaining to the veteran's interests, preferences, aptitudes, abilities, and clinical needs in recreation therapy. The therapist scores, evaluates, and interprets the assessment data and communicates the findings to the multi-disciplinary or palliative care team. Treatment Planning based upon assessment data, the therapist develops individualized treatment plans with therapeutic goals and objectives to resolve a patient's problems or develops as palliative care plan to respond to the effects of a terminal illness. The therapist develops a full range of therapeutic or palliative care for a wide variety of inpatient or outpatient clients. Treatment plans integrate specialized recreation therapy techniques within the total care plan for the patient. The therapist coordinates the overall plan with the treatment team or palliative care team and the patient's family or care giver. Develops and Provides Effective Clinical Interventions The therapist develops and provides effective clinical interventions that are consistent with the therapist's professional Scope of Practice, Standards of Care, and Professional Ethics. The therapist provides the necessary and/or adapted equipment, materials, instruction, encouragement, and motivation to successfully engage with each patient in the therapeutic process. The therapist uses proper judgment in determining specialized approaches, appropriate therapeutic modalities, and the appropriate interval of treatment in administering clinical interventions. The therapist manages difficult cases that may require unconventional applications to treatment and resourcefulness in devising effective methods and procedures and may counsel patients on the need for positive leisure lifestyle, constructive use of leisure time, coping skills, social interaction skills, and community leisure resources and services. Evaluates and Adjusts Treatment Plans and Intervention Strategies The therapist documents the treatment rendered and patient's progress in the medical record and discusses progress with the treatment team. The therapist regularly reviews patient progress and adapts or adjusts the treatment plan and intervention strategies, accordingly. Participates in Community, Hospital-wide and Departmental Programming The therapist schedules and conducts evening and weekend programming to support hospital-wide and/or departmental objectives. Has knowledge of and ability to promote awareness of Recreational and Adaptive Sports Programs and the Paralympic Movement within the community. Develops cooperative efforts with community resources such as education resources, recreation resources, sport agencies, disability groups, and service providers. Facilitates and directs as necessary, all administrative aspects of designated adaptive competitive and recreational sports programs and Paralympic Services program within the Veteran Administration and community including detailed record keeping and reporting, writing reports and articles, and producing program marketing materials. Ability to coordinate and recruit participants for events and sporting programs. Ability to direct supervision of interns, program coaches and volunteers within the Paralympic Services and adaptive competitive and recreational sports program. Maintains departmental equipment, materials resources, and sports equipment inventory. The therapist participates in the procurement of equipment and materials and may make recommendations for appropriate purchases. Work Schedule: 7:30AM - 4:00PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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 Applicants must be certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC. 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. Preferred Experience: Minimum of 2 years' experience. Extensive working knowledge of multiple RT modalities. Knowledge and experience engaging patients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games, and community outings. Knowledge and experience planning and implementing interventions to support the client in meeting his or her goals. Knowledge and experience with adaptation, modification, and/or assistive technology to meet a patient's assessed needs and preferences in recreation therapy. Knowledge and experience of developing psycho-social activities for coping with frustration, stress, anger, and hostility; the appropriate use of leisure time; and improving social interaction skills. Knowledge and experience with documenting and analyzing patient's progress. Knowledge and experience with monitoring, evaluating and ordering supplies. Extensive knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office applications. Desire and ability to work with the other Recreation Therapist collaboratively. Desire and ability to be an "agent of change" to achieve goals. Grade Determinations: Recreation Therapist, GS-7. None beyond the basic requirements. Recreation Therapist, GS-9 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. AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: i. Knowledge of assessment tools and treatment for the diagnosis or disability of the patient. ii. Knowledge to interpret and apply all health and safety regulations, to minimize and mitigate risks in the provisions of patient care, and environmental maintenance. iii. Ability to effectively communicate and educate patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professionals to facilitate the treatment process. iv. Knowledge to apply evidence-based and best practice therapeutic techniques and interventions. Recreation Therapist, GS-11Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level(GS-09). AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix 60, dated June 7, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 7 to 11. Physical Requirements: Applicant may need to push, pull, carry, and lift objects up to 50 lbs. Job may include standing, sitting, or kneeling for extended periods of time. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. 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. 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