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Creative Arts Therapist (Music)

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration New York , NY 10001

Posted 2 months ago



The staff Creative Arts Therapist (Music) assumes responsibility for one or more of the specialty treatment areas of the Life Enrichment Programs. The therapist has the responsibility of planning, integrating, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the music therapy programs in inpatient and outpatient mental health at the VA Medical Center in New York, NY.


Planning, integrating, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the music therapy programs provided for treatment to patients in acute psychiatry care;
Developing, organizing and administering music therapy programs to provide services to patients in Geropsychiatry, Day Treatment Center, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Extended Care and outpatients with a variety of medical/psychiatric diagnoses;
Requests consultations for each patient's treatment from the attending physician and is responsible for interviewing, observing, assessing and evaluating the patient and making appropriate recommendations for treatment programs;
Assembles assessments, interprets medical record information, reviews therapy prescriptions and conducts mental, physical, cognitive, social and emotional assessment of patients in order to develop and implement the treatment plan;
Designs treatment programs which require the evaluation and adaptation of treatment applications to meet the patients special needs;
Applies therapeutic interventions to meet the treatment objectives which are complex because of the severe and multiple disabilities regularly encountered;
Manages difficult cases involving patients who have multiple diagnoses and/or severe complications which may require unconventional applications to treatment and resourcefulness in devising effective methods and procedures;
Teaches a variety of music, leisure lifestyle, constructive use of leisure rime, leisure time planning skills, and community leisure resources and services;
Maintains contact with community agencies and individuals to seek information concerning community leisure resources and opportunities;
Serves as manager /coordinator of the music therapy clinical training program for the medical center;
Assists in the recruitment, scheduling and training of student interns;
May assume other auxiliary duties, which may include but are not limited to, acting manager of Life Enrichment Programs, director of in-service training programs, alternate time keeper or coordinator of special committees and projects; and
Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Occasional weekends and holidays.
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process


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.
BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's or higher degree in Creative Arts or Art Therapy (transcripts required); a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses which included 18 semester hours of art therapy courses and 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation (transcripts required); or are you an employee who is currently assigned to a position in this occupational series as of September 2017, which meets the basic requirements for this position (latest SF50 required).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in federal service that has provided me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Creative Arts Therapist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of art therapy; performing art therapy programming, completion of assessments, interacting with core team members, developing treatment plans, creating and administering therapeutic activities and safety procedures; creating therapeutic activities, coordinating treatment plans, and completing documentation. NOTE: Experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of art 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 for this series. Your experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.

Or a master's degree or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education with a major field of study directly related to recreation 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. 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.

Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-09 to meet the total requirements for this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Your experience must be detailed and transcripts are required.

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: "Are you a Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)?"

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Creativity and Innovation
Interpersonal Effectiveness
Lead or Supervise
Quality Ranking Factor

IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.

All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

Physical Requirements:
The position involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking or stand in g, bending, moderately heavy lifting, moving equ ipment, positioning severely disabled patients. and assisting patients in ambulation . This physical exertion often occurs while actively involved in leisure applications with patients.

There is sedentary time required for completion of administrative duties. In addition, the therapist must be able to dr ive motor vehicles which are required to transport patients to community activities.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at .

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined 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. Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.

Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

Cover Letter

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire.

You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10

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Creative Arts Therapist (Music)

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration