Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: West Haven
Posted on: June 5, 2020
The Occupational Therapist provides assessment and treatment
interventions directed toward the care and treatment of Veterans
diagnosed with mental illness. The OT has knowledge of occupational
therapy principles and techniques consistent with current clinical
standards based on OT theory and evidence-based practice. Knowledge
is inclusive of physical, occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial
functional deficits.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:
NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an
Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a
post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved
by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT
or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy
education standard.FUNCTIONS/ Major Duties and
- Has basic knowledge and understanding of mental health
disorders, including the features, diagnostic criteria, and common
treatment methods. Has a basic knowledge of psychiatric
pharmacology including side effects and signs of toxicity.
- Able to assess cognitive ability and its impact on function.
Uses knowledge of the Veterans' cognitive status to adapt teaching
methods and grade activities to optimize Veterans' success with
reaching set goals.
- Evaluates patients, devises objectives and goals, adapting
goals, objectives and plans to meet the special needs of individual
patients with supervision.
- Develops and initiates treatment programs which apply current
Occupational Therapy practice and research findings as needed or
indicated by the patient population being served. Is able to read
and interpret written consults/prescriptions with supervision.
- Considers the specific needs of the Veteran, including age,
gender, race, spirituality, and culture.
- Develops and facilitates group and individual treatments that
are occupation based; promotes the Veteran's strengths and
abilities while adapting for limitations; develops skills that are
within the individual's potential that will allow the Veteran to
reach his or her goals.
- Treats patients using standardized and recognized assessments
and treatment modalities.
- Documents appropriately and in a timely manner in patient's
electronic record. Provides patient/family education as
- Demonstrates skill in communicating information regarding
patients to interdisciplinary team members, patients and their
families as needed, both verbally and in writing.
- Works cooperatively with other specialties to provide seamless
rehabilitation treatment for patients who may require
interdisciplinary care including participation in interdisciplinary
meetings for special programs, patient care, and discharge
- Promotes a safe, clean, and well-organized environment for
patients and staff.
- Attends continuing education courses and seminars to remain
current with advances in the field and to meet continuing education
requirements of VA CT Healthcare System and Connecticut State
Licensure, as well as CPRP certification.
- Attends PM&R education and training sessions (in-services)
- Schedules patient visits to ensure quality Occupational Therapy
treatments are delivered most efficiently and effectively and in
accordance with national scheduling guidelines.
- Documents evaluations, goals, treatment plans, and
rehabilitation potential, using standard format in patient's
medical record as required by PM&R, The Joint Commission, and
VA CT Healthcare System standards.
- Responsible for performance improvement and systems redesign
including participation in the formulation of monitors, data
collections, peer reviews, and preparation of reports in accordance
with VA and The Joint Commission guidelines.
- Takes responsibility for ordering supplies and clinic
maintenance to ensure that adequate supplies are always on hand and
that clinic repairs and maintenance activities are performed in a
timely manner. Monitors clinic areas to ensure that a clean, safety
conscious environment exists for all patients and staff.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredApplicants 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.
a. United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy 38 U.S.C. -- 7407(a).
b. Education. Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2)
years of experience as an occupational therapist; NOTE: The
baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the
AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for
Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master
or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of
graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate
degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January
1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral
degree programs in occupational therapy.
Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy.
Individuals must be a graduate of] a degree program in occupational
therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is
inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience
required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only
accreditation agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education and
the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may
be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy
Association website or at their office address: American
Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD
You 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 and meet the criteria). See VA Handbook 5005/127,
Part II, Appendix G14
c. Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation
that the individual has passed the entry-level certification
examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for
Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
d. State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark. The OT
must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license,
certification, or registration or trademark to practice
occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the
United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of
e. English Language Proficiency. OTs must be proficient in spoken
and written English in accordance with VA Handbook regulations.
f. Grade Determinations. In addition to the basic requirements for
employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the
grade of candidates.
Occupational Therapist, GS-9
Education, Experience, or Licensure. None beyond the basic
Occupational Therapist, GS-11
Education, Experience, or Licensure. Completion of one year of
experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level and directly
related to the position being filled; or three years of
progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a degree
in occupational therapy ora directly related field; or Doctorate in
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition
to the [experience or education above, the candidate] must
demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.
(b) Ability to administer/interpret evaluation findings to develop
and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods of
(c) Ability to implement intervention plans directly or in
collaboration with others.
(d) Skill in monitoring an individual's response to interventions
and modify treatment plans and reevaluating as indicated.
(e) Ability to communicate and or collaborate with patients, family
members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals and/or other
individuals verbally and in writing.
(f) Knowledge of health and safety regulations to minimize risk in
the provision of patient care and the environment of care.
(g) Knowledge of applicable regulations governing documentation,
reimbursement and workload entry in accordance with established
Assignment. OTs at this grade level practice independently and are
responsible for the assessment of functional and occupational roles
using standardized tools. The OT modifies standardized and
non-standardized evaluation tools. OTs select and provide direct
occupational therapy interventions and procedures with routine
complexity to enhance safety, wellness, performance in activities
of daily living (ADL); and instrumental activities of daily living
(IADL), education, work, play, leisure, and social participation.
Occupational therapists require guidance with higher complexity
conditions. OTs demonstrate an understanding of the theories of
treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application
through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention,
frame of references, and therapeutic procedures.
Occupational Therapist, GS-12
Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of
experience equivalent to at the GS-11 grade level and directly
related to the position being filled.
Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the [experience above, the
candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of occupational therapy principles and techniques
consistent with current clinical standards based on OT theory and
evidence-based practice. Knowledge is inclusive of physical,
occupational, cognitive, and psychosocial functional deficits.
(b) Ability to collaborate and communicate orally and in writing
with all internal and external stakeholders.
(c) Ability to use critical analysis, clinical reasoning, and
creativity to independently solve complex problems related to
adapting and modifying assessments, treatment plans, activities and
procedures to meet the needs of patients.
(d) Skill in procuring, fabricating, adjusting, adapting, and
modifying orthoses, splints, and adaptive equipment for activities
of daily living (inclusive of durable medical equipment).
(e) Ability to conduct OT related in-service and clinical
Assignment. OTs at this level practice independently and are
responsible for comprehensive assessment of functional and
occupational roles using standardized and non-standardized
evaluation tools. OTs select and provide direct occupational
therapy interventions and procedures with varying degrees of
complexity to enhance safety, wellness, and performance in ADL,
instrumental IADL, education, work, play, leisure, and social
participation. OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of
the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper
application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral
intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They
are assigned to all program areas within VHA and provide
professional, independent occupational therapy services. OTs at
this level may be given assignments in any area where advanced
specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to
the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or
treatment area. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments,
including program management duties on an occasional basis, where
the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25%
of the duty time).
References: VA Handbook 5005/127 December 13, 2019 PART II APPENDIX
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-9 to GS-12.
Physical Requirements: Long periods of standing, walking, lifting,
stooping, pushing and stretching are required in the performance of
duties. Occasional lifting of heavy objects is probable.
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