To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
EDUCATION: (A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS IS REQUIRED.)
A. A Bachelor's Degree or higher degree in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama).
B. A Bachelor's Degree or higher in a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. (Your transcripts must clearly indicate the therapeutic emphasis or concentration. You may also submit an official statement from the school, along with your unofficial transcripts, verifying the emphasis or concentration.)
NOTE: Failure to submit your transcripts may result in non-consideration.
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. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Recreation Therapist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; providing Recreation Therapy treatment to patients diagnosed with PTSD, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders; utilizing knowledge of the recovery process for individuals with PTSD and substance abuse in order to provide treatment; gathering information from patients to assess individual needs; developing and implementing individual treatment programs; utilizing recreation or creative art activity modalities to maintain or achieve rehabilitation of physical and/or mental health; developing goals and objectives with each patient; coordinating the treatment plan with other health care providers and caregivers; and reviewing and evaluating progress of patients.
NOTE: Experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational 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.
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.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
Completion of two and one/half years of graduate study leading to a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in recreational 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 may be used as substitution for experience. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
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.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. Ability to assess patients to determine the appropriate recreation therapy treatment needs.
2. Ability to evaluate the degree to which specific therapeutic activities and overall recreation therapy services are meeting therapeutic goals and objectives for patients.
3. Ability to communicate with others in working solutions to problems or questions relating to recreation/creative arts therapy for patients.
4. Skill in providing Recreation Therapy treatment to patients with multiple or severe conditions (e.g. PTSD, substance abuse or other co-occurring disorders).
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This assignment may involve regular and recurring physical exertion. Examples include: prolonged walking, standing, or bending, moderately heavy lifting, moving, or transferring of Veterans and/or equipment; assisting/positioning Veterans in both aquatic and land-based environments; assisting with ambulation; loading and unloading and safely securing Veterans in wheelchair accessible vehicles. The work requires specific physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity. It may also require additional physical skill such as advanced aquatics therapy training; lifeguard certification and ability to perform lifesaving techniques such as CPR for the professional rescuer and advance first aid.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. We will not make assumptions. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.