Recreation Therapist Job in San Juan, Puerto Rico – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Recreation Therapist – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 555856
Start Date: 12/29/2021
End Date: 01/14/2022

Qualification Summary
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education and or Experience Combination; In order to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess: (A) 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, (B) 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: 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. 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). All persons employed in VHA as a recreation or creative arts therapist, on the effective date of this qualification standard, are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series, and grade held, including positive education, and registration and/or certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. Preferred Experience includes experience providing recreation therapy treatment services to inpatients or outpatients with chronic pain. 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-11: Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level. Examples of experience may include but not limited to: Providing independent judgment to administer and interpret recreation therapy assessments and utilize clinical competencies to develop unconventional assessment and interview approaches to effectively elicit information; Conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and report assessment data based upon functional domains (cognitive, sensory, social, affective, physical, and leisure); Reviewing recreation therapy consults and conduct comprehensive evaluations; Developing individualized treatment plans with therapeutic goals and objectives including scope, duration, and treatment; Recommending adaptation, modification, or assistive technology to meet a patient’s assessed needs and preferences in recreation therapy; and Developing strategies to master critical life skills necessary to re-enter the community. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, APPENDIX G60, Recreation and Creative Arts Therapist Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. Physical Requirements: Recreation Therapy is considered a vocation that requires “medium” work. Medium Work entails: exerting 20 – 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work. (i.e.: more than exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.)

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