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    The Recreation Therapist performs a wide variety of interventions which contribute to the overall health of Veterans. The work requires professional knowledge of recreation therapy, and skill in applying a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies in the practice of recreation therapy and to treat the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of individual patients, groups of patients, and families; and to maintain or rehabilitate patients' physical and/or mental health.

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    The Recreation Therapist assigned to PRRC-CORE and the MHICM Program serves as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The Recreation Therapist serves veterans who are receiving services from specialty mental health service programs designed for veterans with serious mental illness, including those who are dually diagnosed with serious mental illness and a substance use disorder. The majority of the services provided are in a group format. Services are provided in the service areas on site for PRRC-CORE and MHICM and also in a variety of community settings offsite. The Recreation Therapist in this position coordinates with team members from both PRRC-CORE and from MHICM and regularly attends staff meetings to coordinate care with referring providers. When needed or when assigned, the Recreation Therapist will meet individually with veterans to complete a Recreation Therapy assessment. This formalized assessment occurs when needed to help identify specific recreation-related modalities that may help the veteran progress toward goals related to recreation, leisure, and biopsychosocial functional deficits. The assessment is useful to the treatment planning process, and the Recreation Therapist will collaborate with the primary clinician assigned to the veteran regarding the assessment, treatment planning, and follow-up. Together with the veteran, the Recreation Therapist will develop individualized plans with therapeutic goals and objectives to address the veteran's problems and rehabilitation goals. These plans will integrate specialized recreation therapy techniques with the total care/treatment plan for the veteran. The clinical interventions developed will be consistent with the Recreation Therapist's professional scope of practice, standards of care, and professional ethics.
    The Recreation Therapist provides the necessary adapted equipment, materials, instruction, encouragement, and motivation to successfully engage with each veteran in the therapeutic process. The Recreation Therapist uses proper judgment in determining specialized approaches and appropriate therapeutic modalities. The Recreation Therapist manages difficult cases and may counsel veterans on the benefits of a positive leisure and recreational lifestyle, coping skills, social interaction skills, and community resources and services. The Recreation Therapist will remain current as to best practice and evidence-based therapeutic techniques and interventions and skillfully apply same. The Recreation Therapist will also communicate with and educate patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professionals to facilitate the interdisciplinary treatment process. The Recreation Therapist documents behavioral observations, progress, functioning, and intervention outcomes for all individual, family, and group interactions. The Recreation Therapist regularly reviews veterans' progress and adapts or modifies the treatment plan and intervention strategies accordingly. The Recreation Therapist must maintain a valid Driver's License and must report any accidents or traffic violations to the Mental Health Supervisor, regardless of whether occurring in the scope of employment. The Recreation Therapist must be able and willing to transport veterans in the programs served in a government vehicle as needed.

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/577726600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.