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74-03 Commonwealth Blvd.
Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list;
Transfer Opportunity: Permanent New York State employee eligible for lateral transfer; or in a comparable title and eligible for Section 70.1 transfer.
For Temporary Appointment: Recreation Therapist is a continuous recruitment examination. Candidates who are not on the eligible list may apply for this position and if appointed, will receive a temporary appointment. To apply for the continuous recruitment examination, candidates must either submit a New York State Application (http://www.cs.ny.gov/extdocs/pdf/nysapp.pdf) to the Department of Civil Service or apply online (http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc-cr/20-560.cfm?_sm_au_=iVVL2qHQLPB2nZpF) for scoring and inclusion on the eligible list. Candidates appointed temporary must receive a score that is reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. Candidates who are found not qualified or who do not receive a reachable score may not be retained.
The minimum qualifications for Recreation Therapist (Art) are:
A Bachelor's Degree with a concentration or major in Art Therapy;
a bachelor's degree in Art, Art Education or Fine Arts AND one year of experience in planning and administering an art therapy program**;
registration with the American Art Therapy Association as an Art Therapist.
**This experience must involve development and coordination of recreational activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals who are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency. This experience must utilize the creative therapies of art as a psychotherapeutic means of achieving in these individuals emotional growth and increased levels of functioning.
Duties Description As a Recreation Therapist (Art), you will plan and conduct activities for client/patient groups, working individually or as a member of a treatment team or treatment program. You will analyze and report behavioral patterns to a team leader or other supervisor, verbally or in medical records. As a treatment team member, you will participate in team meetings, recreation/leisure assessment and evaluation. In addition, you may be required to requisition, store and maintain equipment and supplies. The goal of each program is to bring about positive change in a client's/patient's mental, physical and/or social behavior.
Additional Comments Background Investigation/Justice Center Review:
Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.
This position is eligible for a Downstate Adjustment of $3,026.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
74-03 Commonwealth Blvd.
Notes on ApplyingPlease indicate the Title, Vacancy ID # and Location of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email or fax. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit it along with your other application materials via fax, mail or the Human Resources email address noted above.