Recreation Therapist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Tucson, AZ

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This position is located in the Mental Health Care Line at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona. As a Recreation Therapist, you will be responsible for developing and administering Recreation/Creative Arts Programs to provide therapeutic treatment to patients in Mental Health; specifically in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PRRC), SARRTP and inpatient psychiatry. You will develop therapeutic approaches for patients with various types of disabilities which may include psychiatric diagnoses, dementia and substance use disorders. You will strive to limit psychiatric relapse and functional decline, maintain the highest degree of self-help and independence within limitations of a patient’s disability. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: •

Devises therapeutic activities to maintain or improve patient’s physical and mental health; •
Employs therapeutic objectives which are complex because of the severe and multiple psychiatric disabilities regularly encountered; •
Handles difficult cases involving patients who have multiple diagnoses and/or other comorbidities which may require unconventional approaches to treatment and resourcefulness in devising effective methods and procedures; •
Facilitates therapy and psycho-educational groups to promote client growth and awareness; •
Teaches multiple independent living skills, social interaction skills, adjustment to change, mobility exercises, coping skills, pre-vocational or work adjustment skills, or symptom management; •
Coordinates the overall treatment plan with the treatment team and patient’s family/caregiver to provide a program which focuses on treatment goals; and •
Functions as a core team member of a clinical multidisciplinary team to provide total health care delivery to patients.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Some evenings, weekends and holidays may be required.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...