Recreation Therapist Job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Recreation Therapist – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 35342
Start Date: 01/18/2019
End Date: 02/08/2019

Qualification Summary
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 02/08/2019. 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:
A Bachelor’s Degree or graduate/higher level degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy. Education must have been obtained from an accredited program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
A Bachelor’s Degree 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. Education must have been obtained from an accredited program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained. NOTE: Your transcripts must clearly indicate the therapeutic emphasis or concentration. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must meet the following GRADE REQUIREMENTS: GS-11 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9) in Federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: knowledge and skill to develop an initial clinical assessment on each patient; knowledge of a wide range of theories, principles, concepts, and procedures to accomplish maximum rehabilitation potential and goals; knowledge of recreation therapy and the patient population being served; knowledge of medical terminology, interpreting physician prescriptions, and independently formulating a treatment plan; knowledge of human anatomy/physiology and psychology in order to develop a treatment plan for patients to attain goals; knowledge to design, devise, and/or adapt recreation modalities to facilitate attainment of treatment objectives; knowledge of stress management, conflict resolution, behavior modification, and self-esteem training for use with patients; and skill and ability to persuade geriatric, psychiatric, PTSD, substance abuse, and other patients with special needs to participate in normalizing social and therapeutic recreation activities. Experience working with adults, including the Frail Elderly, in a Hospital Rehab setting involving complex medical, social, and Mental Health diagnoses.
GS-11 EDUCATION: Must have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
GS-11 COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Must have successfully completed an equivalent combination of experience and education as described above. Such education and experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) PREFERRED : Professionally Credentialed as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Medical InformationMedicine and DentistryPsychological AssessmentTherapy and Counseling 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. Physical Requirements: This position involves walking, standing, sitting, running, bending, lifting, climbing, and participation in athletic events. It may involve driving motorized vehicles and helping transport patients/residents during community outings. It also involves repositioning severely disabled residents applying knowledge and safe resident ambulation or transfers techniques at times to assist patients/residents. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at http://://

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