Recreation Therapist (Arts) – Martinsburg, WV

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.

LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Requires a valid state driver’s license.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor’s or higher degree in recreational 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 therapeutic recreation 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 Recreation Therapist (Arts) Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of music therapy; performing music 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 or recreational 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 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. Transcript required

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in federal service that has provided me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Recreation Therapist (Arts). Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the concepts, procedures, and techniques of recreation therapy; performing recreation 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 or recreational 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 Ph.D., equivalent doctoral degree, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree 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. Transcripts required.

Or an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-11 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 Registered Art Therapist (ATR)?

  • 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:

  • Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Quality Ranking Factor
  • Technical Competence

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 https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .

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