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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Creative Arts Therapist - Music in Fort Harrison, Montana

Summary PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO ENSURE YOU SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. Creative Arts Therapist - Music position is being recruited to fill one open position by the Ft. Harrison, Montana VA Health Care System. Please note that if chosen for an Interview; options of various work locations within the Montana VA Health Care System can be considered. Responsibilities VA Careers - Physical Therapy: https://youtube.com/embed/Gi2hoFqIoqY Duties may include but are not limited to: GS-07: The incumbent gathers informal music-based assessment of patients' needs, aptitudes, interests and abilities; works in conjunction with other recreation therapists to develop and implement an individualized music therapy treatment plan. Identifies current community resources for discharge planning purposes. Develops and implements quality improvement systems as it relates internal and external regulatory requirements to include patient safety. Applies the creative process and the effect on the patients' cognitive, sensory, emotional, and physical states. Demonstrate and educate on the value of the creative process as a therapeutic tool. Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries that reflects a trusting, empathetic and respectful interaction. GS-09: The incumbent gathers informal music-based assessment of patients' needs, aptitudes, interests and abilities; develops and implements an individualized music therapy treatment plan to include the scope, duration and frequency of treatment under general supervision. Identifies current community resources for discharge planning purposes. Develops and implements quality improvement systems as it relates internal and external regulatory requirements to include patient safety. Uses diagnostic coding and symptoms of diagnoses in the provision of music therapy. Applies the creative process and the effect on the patients' cognitive, sensory, emotional, a physical states. Demonstrate and educate on the value of the creative process as a therapeutic tool. Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries that reflect a trusting, empathetic and respectful interaction. GS-11 The incumbent gathers informal music-based assessment of patients' needs, aptitudes, interests and abilities; develop and implement an individualized music therapy treatment plan to include the scope, duration and frequency of treatment. Identifies current community resources for discharge planning purposes. Develops and implements quality improvement systems as it relates internal and external regulatory requirements to include patient safety. Uses diagnostic coding and symptoms of diagnoses in the provision of music therapy. Applies the creative process and the effect on the patients' cognitive, sensory, emotional, a physical states. Demonstrate and educate on the value of the creative process as a therapeutic tool. Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries that reflect a trusting, empathetic and respectful interaction. Collaborates and maintains liaison with interdisciplinary team and educating treatment team on theoretical framework of music therapy interventions through in-service trainings and communicating specific examples of patients' progress and behavior based on participation in music therapy programs. Work Schedule: FT, Monday thru Friday. 08:00 to 1630 Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 53870-O / 53781-O / 53872-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. 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. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Citizen of the United States (U.S.). (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7407(a)). Education: A bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, in music therapy, or in music with an emphasis in music therapy. The degree must be approved by the National Association for Schools of Music and/or the American Music Therapy Association. OR, A bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, and must be a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). If hired under this education, the certification cannot be waived. Certification: Applicants must be a MT-BC approved by the CBMT. Applicants must be a MT-BC approved by the CBMT. If hired under VA Handbook 5005/111 PART II APPENDIX G60, paragraph 3b(5)(b), certification cannot be waived. Exception: Non-registered and/or non-certified applicants, who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for registration and/or certification, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate recreation or creative arts therapist, under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2)(B), for a period not to exceed two years. Applicants who fail to obtain registration and/or certification during this temporary full-time appointment may be terminated. The exception only applies to positions at the GS-7 and GS-9 level. For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be registered and/or certified. Grade Determinations: GS-7: Experience/Education: None beyond the basic requirements. GS-9:Experience/Education: At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level, OR a master's degree in creative arts therapy (music) may be substituted for the required one year of professional creative arts therapist (music) experience. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSA's: Ability to perform a varied repertoire of popular, folk, and traditional songs appropriate for use in a clinical setting using at least two of the following: keyboard, voice, guitar, percussion or other musical instruments suitable to a clinical setting. Knowledge of the roles and meaning of music in various cultures and subcultures. Knowledge to design, develop, or adapt unique music therapy methods for assessment, treatment, or a palliation and evaluation procedures. Skill to apply objectivity and insight to respond and constructively to both positive and negative reactions while maintaining a safe environment for the patient and therapist. GS-11:Experience: At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSA's: Knowledge of the roles and meaning of music in various cultures and subcultures, how culture influences identity formation, concept of health and pathology, and understanding of the role of music therapy and how music therapy is practiced. Knowledge of current methods of music therapy assessment, treatment, and evaluation related to human growth and development, musical development , diagnostic classifications, etiology, symptomology and prognosis and formulating complex treatment plans, including the contraindications of music therapy for individuals and groups. Ability to design, develop, or adapt unique music therapy methods for assessment, treatment or palliation, and evaluation procedures for complex clinical cases, through a broad range of specialized music therapy services for various and emergent patient populations. Ability to use music therapy interventions to provide opportunities to work through treatment issues, including emotional disturbances, by establishing a safe environment for the patient to understand the symbolic expression of their musical product, process, and experience as it relates to recovery and Wellness. Ability to apply effective use of professional skill, objectivity, and insight to respond constructively to both positive and negative reactions , establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with professional boundaries to reflect trusting, empathetic, and respectful interactions. Ability to apply current research literature and co-facilitate treatment with professionals from other disciplines, the uses of the creative arts therapies and recreational therapy, as well as understanding emerging models and trends in music therapy. References: VA Handbook 5005/111 PART II APPENDIX G60 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Environment of Care - Follows Life Safety Management (fire protection) procedures. Reports safety hazards, accidents and injuries. Reviews hazardous materials/Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)/waste management. Follows Emergency Preparedness plan. Follows security policies/ procedures. Infection Control - Demonstrates infection control practices for disease prevention (i.e., hand washing, universal precautions/isolation procedures, including TB requirement/precautions). Education 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: 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. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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