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Recreation Therapist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Tomah , WI 54660

Posted 2 months ago

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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VAMC Tomah ( has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in a Western/Central area of Wisconsin.

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. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, one late shift per week, 11:30-8:00, one weekend day per month and at least one holiday per year



Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: PD# 04184A Recreation Therapist

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


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    0638 Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

You may be required to serve a probationary period

Subject to background/security investigation

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/17/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-10 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

This position is in Allied Health Service of the Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center Tomah, WI, providing recreational therapy interventions for Veterans. The Tomah VAMC is a complexity level 3 facility. The incumbent uses recreation or creative art activity modalities to maintain or achieve rehabilitation of physical and/or Mental Health. Evaluates the history, interest, aptitudes, and skills of Veteran by interview, inventories, tests, and measurements.


  • Uses effective interviewing techniques (including unconventional techniques)to obtain objective and factual information pertaining to the Veteran's interests and aptitudes.

  • Observes the Veteran during trial assignments to confirm initial assessment.

  • Uses therapeutic forms of encouragement as well as discipline or correction when necessary to hold the Veteran accountable for behaviors.

  • Establishes rapport & good transference relationships, thus guiding the Veteran to utilize recreation interventions appropriate to his/her temperament & ability.

  • Develops individualized treatment plans with intermediate and long-term goals using Veteran's assessment and physical orders, integrating recreation therapy into plan.

  • Coordinates the overall treatment plan with interdisciplinary treatment team & Veteran family/caregiver to provide a program that focuses on treatment goals & objectives.

  • Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team recommending and establishing new programs and interventions to meet treatment goals and objectives.

  • Plans interventions to diminish emotional stress, provide a sense of achievement, channel energies/interests, aid physical/mental rehabilitation & promote successful community re-entry.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Basic Education Requirement: You must possess an undergraduate or graduate degree 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 (Transcript Required).

GS-10: You must possess at least 1 full year of specialized experience at the GS 9 level that equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience for this position is but is not limited to; Providing guidance and interacting with hostile patients in a stressful environment; teaching social interaction skills, adjustment to change, coping skills, mobility exercises, cognitive retaining and modified and adapted recreation therapy activities and coordinating the overall treatment plan with the treatment team and patient's family/caregiver to provide a program which focuses on treatment goals. Assembles pre-evaluation data; interpreting medical record information, reviewing therapy prescriptions and mental and physical health evaluations; and planning activities for patients in a broad based recreation therapy program.


You must possess two (2) and a half years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's equivalent graduate degree in Recreation Therapy or in a Creative Arts Therapy field with a major field of study directly related to Recreation Therapy (Transcripts Required).


You must possess a combination of graduate education and specialized experience (as described above) as a Recreation Therapist. (Transcripts Required).

Preferred candidate will:

Be a Certified Recreation Therapy Specialist (CTRS) or able to sit for exam

Be a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) or able to sit for exam

Be a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) or Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) or able to sit for exam

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

  • Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Planning and Evaluating

  • Technical Competence

  • Therapy and Counseling

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; religions; 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.

Note: 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.

Physical Requirements:
The work involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking or standing, bending, moderately heavy lifting or moving of equipment, positioning of severely disabled patients and assisting patients in ambulation. The work requires specific, common physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity, as well as skill and ability in one or more art/activity forms.


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

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

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Recreation Therapist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs