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    Positions are located at Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago, IL), whose mission is to honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. The position involves professional work requiring application of knowledge on the concepts, principles, and practices of recreation therapy, and the use of recreational modalities to treat the physical, mental, emotional, and social needs of individual patients, groups of patients and families.

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    Recreation Therapists evaluate the history, interests, aptitudes and skills of patients by interviews, inventories, tests and measurements. Therapists use such fmdings, along with medical records or therapy orders of physicians or nurse practitioners to develop and implement therapeutic interventions for individual patients. Employing the knowledge and understanding of physical and mental illness, psychology and other appropriate physical, social and biological sciences and skill in recreation therapy, therapists plan and carry out treatment programs. These programs are directed to treatment goals that include but are not limited to sensory integration, ambulation, diminishing emotional stress, community integration, reality orientation, muscular dysfunction re-orientation, treatment of psychosocial dysfunction, providing a sense of achievement and progress. Therapists conduct ongoing evaluations of therapy results and modify, redirect, adjust and/or augment treatment plans as indicated by each patient's response to treatment or progress related to patient's physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs, skills, aptitudes, abilities and interests. Therapists provide a diverse variation of therapy services as both adjunctive and primary therapy services, depending on the need. When serving on interdisciplinary treatment teams, therapists use professional knowledge and skills in the integration of recreation therapy into overall team treatment plans.

    Major Duties:

    -Responsible for respecting all Veterans, their caregivers and extended families by exhibiting sensitivity to their needs, tolerances, and individual differences including values, social backgrounds and ethnic group.
    - Effectively. uses professional skill, objectivity and insight to respond constructively to both positive and negative reactions.
    - Communicates confidence in the patient's ability and facilitates therapeutic process and progress.
    - Supervises implementation of programs for groups and individuals
    - Maintains appropriate professional boundaries and provides appropriate recognition for growth.
    - Develops and provides effective clinical interventions that are consistent with the therapist's professional Scope of Practice, Standards of Care and Professional Ethics.
    - Provides the necessary and/or adapted equipment, materials, instruction, supplies, encouragement and motivation to successfully engage with each patient in the therapeutic process.
    - Uses proper judgment in determining specialized approaches, appropriate therapeutic modalities and the appropriate interval of treatment in administering clinical interventions.
    - Manages difficult cases that may require unconventional applications to treatment and resourcefulness in devising effective methods and procedures and may counsel patients on the need for positive leisure lifestyle, constructive use of leisure time, coping skills, social interaction skills and community leisure resources and services.

    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, varying weekends
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/590116800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.