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PER DIEM CREATIVE ARTS THERAPIST (DRAMA) – US Department of Veterans Affairs – Bronx, NY


Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: Bronx, NY

  • Full Time

US Department of Veterans Affairs

The Drama Therapist is assigned to the Recreation/Creative Arts Therapy Department at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center under the Extended Care Service Line. Drama Therapist provides drama therapy treatment interventions incorporating the five-step process of assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation of patient treatment services, and discharge. The incumbent must meet all criteria included in the qualification standards. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to a drama therapist at the next lower grade level of the position being filled. The Drama Therapist provides drama therapy to Veterans at the Community Living Center (long term care, memory care, hospice/palliative care), the Veterans Recovery Center (Domiciliary, Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP)), Behavioral Health, Interdisciplinary Transgender Transition Treatment program, and other programs as assigned. Provides guidance and support to recreation assistants, specialists, and staff regarding meaningful drama-based interventions. Develops and initiates new treatment programs.

Work Schedule: Flex Schedule- 3 days a week 8 hour shifts, available Weekends, Holidays, evenings and nights as needed.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

  • Job family (Series)

    0638 Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist

  • Requirements

    Requirements
    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 a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Must provide all the required documents at the time of application.

    Qualifications
    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/27/2019.
    Basic Requirements:

    • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
    • Education: A master’s degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with a drama degree program approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) OR, A master’s degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, and must be a registered drama therapist(RDT). The RDT is granted by the NADTA and indicates that one has met the educational requirements and achieved competency in the practice of drama therapy. If hired under this education, the registration cannot be waived.
    • Required Registration: Must possess a full, current, and unrestricted registration as an RDT.
    • Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
    • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f)
    • Creditable Experience: Knowledge of Current Professional Recreation Therapy or Creative Arts Therapy Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities (also referred to as “clinical competencies”) associated with current professional recreation or creative arts therapy practices. Evidence of such experience includes private practice, U.S. military services, local/state/federal government organizations, for profit/non-profit organizations, health care, or educational facilities.
    • Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to the next lower grade level. Experience satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which may be paid or non-paid employment as a recreation or creative arts therapist.

    May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation).

    Preferred Experience: Long Term Care Experience, Geriatrics, Dementia/Memory Care Impairment, Hospice

    Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

    (a) Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level.
    (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

    Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:

    • Skill in using clinical judgment and critical thinking skills in identifying potential risks, adapting interventions, or when modifying and developing new techniques for complex patients.
    • Skill in applying evidence-based motivation techniques to develop and implement new approaches to treatment interventions, based on patient response to treatment in a manner that uses creative thinking and problem solving that goes beyond the typical diagnosis-based treatment pathways, to maximize clinical outcomes.
    • Ability to demonstrate patient engagement in, and reflection of, the dramatic/theater process and product to develop and understand specific skills attained through drama, including but not limited to increased independence, sense of self-worth, coping skills, healthy living alternatives, and social skills.
    • Ability to apply effective use of professional skill, objectivity, and insight to respond constructively to both positive and negative reactions and establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries to reflect trusting, empathetic, and respectful interactions.
    • Ability to use drama/theater in providing opportunities to work through emotional disturbances within a safe environment for the patient to understand the symbolic expression of their theatrical product, process, and experience with the materials, as it relates to their recovery and wellness.
    • Ability to communicate effectively through various communication techniques.
    • Ability to develop unconventional assessment and interview approaches to gather clinical information about patients with severe or multiple diagnosis that require unconventional interview approaches and treatments to devise effective methods and approaches.
    • Ability to use counseling skills to effectively conduct person-centered drama therapy sessions.

    Assignment. Employees at this level serve as a creative arts therapist (drama) at the full performance level. They provide direct patient care and receive guidance from higher-level or supervisory staff members for complex patients only. They develop drama therapy programs, objectives, and interventions that promote utilization of the creative process for insight mood management, interpersonal skill development, promote self-actualization, non-verbal communication, self-expression, and emotional expression. They independently gather drama therapy based assessment data, interpret medical record information, review drama therapy consults, and conduct mental and physical evaluations to develop and implement a drama therapy treatment plan. Interventions may include customized design of performance, digital media, media development and production, theatrical techniques, team building, improvisations, and self-characterizations. They develop and implement an individualized treatment plan with potential goals to regulate emotion; resolve traumatic memories to promote communication; develop an understanding of negative consequences; and self-actualization. They use diverse clinical frameworks, such as drama/theatrical/psychodrama or skill-focused groups. They integrate diagnostic information and medical significance for functional performance, and support maximum rehabilitation potential to the clinical team. They evaluate current research and may initiate, coordinate, or support research projects involving drama therapy to develop evidence-based initiatives. They may evaluate processes, including relevant and effective therapeutic drama/theater interventions for patients with multiple diagnoses that require unconventional approaches to treatment (e.g., multi-media productions, films, lighting, empty chair improvisations, enactments) and resourcefulness in devising effective therapeutic methods and procedure.

    References: VA Handbook 5005/111 PART II Appendix G60

    Physical Requirements: The work may require specific physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average dexterity to perform intricate therapeutic procedures. The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing or walking for prolonged periods of time; frequent bending, reaching, stooping, and stretching to set up and take apart equipment and apparatus; handling wheelchairs, and pushing or pulling heavy objects.

    Education

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. This is a required document that must be provided at the time of application, failure to do so will result in disqualification from being considered.

    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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

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

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

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets 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.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for 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; 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.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

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

    • APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS- VA FORM 10-2850C- DATED WITHIN A YEAR OF APPLICATION DATE
    • Proof of Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) registration
    • Resume
    • Transcript

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. This must be provided at the time of application. The application must be dated within a year of your application date. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from being considered.

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

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • OF-306
    • APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATED HEALTH OCCUPATIONS- VA FORM 10-2850C- DATED WITHIN A YEAR OF APPLICATION DATE
    • Proof of Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) registration
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    FINAL DOCUMENTS REMINDER:FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE POSITION. THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED: VA FORM APPLICATION 10-2850-C DATED WITHIN A YEAR OF YOUR APPLICATION DATE, RESUME, TRANSCRIPTS AND REGISTERED DRAMA THERAPIST CERTIFICATION. IF YOU ARE A CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEE YOU MUST PROVIDE THE MOST RECENT COPY OF YOUR SF-50, SHOWING GRADE,STEP AND TENURE, THE SF-50 CANNOT BE AN AWARD. SF-50 MUST BE WITHIN A YEAR FROM THE TIME OF APPLICATION. IF YOU ARE A VETERAN YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF VETERAN STATUS (DD-214).

    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 Point Veteran Preference” with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

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