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    The Art Therapist is assigned to Recreation Therapy Service at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. The Art Therapist will report to Chief, Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy. Therapist provides art therapy treatment interventions incorporating the four-step process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient treatment services. The incumbent must meet all criteria included in the qualification standards including a master's level education.

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    The Art Therapist is assigned to Recreation Therapy Service at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System Art Therapist provides art therapy treatment interventions incorporating the four-step process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient treatment services. The incumbent must meet all criteria included in the qualification standards including a master's level education. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to an art therapist at the next lower grade level of the position being filled.

    Individuals assigned as GS - 11 Art Therapist are considered to be at the full performance level (FPL).
    This is a direct patient care position in which the incumbent is responsible for performing the work of an art therapist, which encompasses a variety of different duties and responsibilities. The incumbent demonstrates an advanced competency, which qualifies him/her to perform patient evaluations and treatment procedures independently on patients with a variety of complex diagnoses and disabilities. The work may be provided in various areas, e.g. general medical and surgical, spinal cord injury, psychiatric, cardiac rehabilitation, Home Based Primary Care, Community Living Center, Adult Day Care Program, domiciliary/PRRTP, and outpatient clinics.

    2. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties.
    Clinical:
    Evaluates patients with formal and informal assessments, develops individualized art therapy treatment plans and interventions with knowledge of symptoms of diagnoses in the provision of art therapy based on current literature and best practices.
    Identifies potential risks, modifies treatment plans as needed, and develops adaptive interventions to facilitate a safe therapeutic environment.
    Ability to work with diverse and complex patient populations and develop appropriate art therapy programs and interventions, including typical and atypical materials.
    Develops and completes documentation of patient care including assessments, progress notes, encounters, consultations, care plans, and other reports with concise and clear clinical information as needed.
    Serves as Art Therapy subject matter expert and representative on interdisciplinary teams and provides education to staff, students, patients, families and caregivers about the benefits of art therapy and treatment interventions and goals.
    Knowledge of the creative process and art media and their effect on the patients' cognitive, sensory, emotional, and physical states and understanding of the symbolic expression of the art product and process.
    Ability to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries that reflect a trusting, empathetic, and respectful interaction with all patients.

    Administration:
    Adheres to Medical Center policies and procedures. Utilizes Automated Data Processing (ADP) system in accordance with established procedures. Adheres to Medical Center ADP Security policy.
    Develops and implement quality improvement systems as related to internal and external regulatory requirements, including patient safety.
    Collaborates and maintains effective communication with all patients, caregivers, interdisciplinary teams, medical center staff and community partners

    Education:
    Maintains professional competence and certification/licensure/registration through participation in relevant continuing education.
    Assists in teaching and providing learning experiences for Art Therapy clinical interns as required.
    Participates in staff orientation, successfully completes Medical Center assigned mandatory trainings, and in-service activities.
    Deliver treatment in compliance with Veterans Health Administration (VHA)accrediting agencies and VHA directives.

    3. Supervisory Controls related to the position.
    The Art Therapist will report to Chief, Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy .

    4. Qualifications Requirements.
    The qualified individual will meet and maintain the qualification requirements for the position, assignment and grade as outlined in the Recreation and Creative Arts Therapist Qualification Standards outlined in VA Handbook 5005/111, Part II, Appendix G60.

    5. Customer Service Requirements.
    Art Therapist meets the needs of customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, volunteers, co-workers, facility staff and the general public) supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and interacts with customers in a courteous, tactful and respectful manner; while providing consistent information in accordance with established policies and procedures. Art Therapist will address conflict and concerns constructively and appropriately. Willingly accepts additional and special assignments that are necessary to meet program goals and/or customer needs.

    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; with varied days, Evenings, Weekends, and Holidays.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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