Dynamic, bright, and organized professional seeking advancement as a Veteran Service Representative, presenting the following skills and attributes.
Recreation Therapy Assistant GS6-5 - FULL TIME07/2013 to CurrentDepartment of Veteran AffairsSeattle, WA
Supervisor: Julie Adams
Recreation Program Manager
(253) 307-6738 - (Okay to contact).
Developing and maintaining calendar of structured and unstructured unit-based non-skilled activity programs for veterans in the VA Community Living Center.
Coordinating, conducting and delivering daily formal/informal non-clinical/ non-skilled, conventional, unconventional/ alternative therapeutic measures as well as unplanned activities daily.
Selecting, assigning, supervising, and/or conducting activities in meeting needs of veterans.
Independently loading and transporting veterans to community outings via the wheelchair bus, charting notes on Veterans' experiences, and reporting those note to VA Recreation Therapists.
Working well with patients suffering cognitive, physical, psychiatric, addictive, sensory and/or communication impairments.
Providing holistic service to veterans: assisting in recreational care while taking into consideration their age, health, family, and ongoing relationships.
Maintaining personal contacts with patients and their families.
Maintaining relationships with community agencies such as Amazon, Starbucks, American Girl Scouts, and the Seattle Seahawks.
Maintaining relationships with volunteer service organizations such VFW, AL, DAV, BLV, ELKS, the Salvation Army.
Ensuring maximum effectiveness in attracting and motivating participants in scheduled programming.
Applying formal/informal, clinical/non-clinical, and conventional/alternative therapeutic measures and community setting activities to achieve the assessed needs of the person served.
Providing guidance, activity promotion counseling, and activity education services to veterans, unit nursing staff, and volunteers.
Modifying, adapting, expanding, or otherwise changing plans and procedures for scheduled activities, and introducing new activities in order to enable veterans to put knowledge into action.
Monitoring activities to insure essential "coping" skills and other results sought are being achieved to the veteran's fullest possible extent.
Using collection, compilation, and/or tracking of data and statistical information in support of the services operations.
Recreation Therapy Assistant GS5-5- FULL TIME03/2008 to 07/2013Department of Veteran AffairsLos Angeles, CA
Supervisor: Ramona Spiller
Chief of Recreation
(310) 478-3711 ext 83934 (Okay to contact).
Co-developed and independently implement structured and unstructured unit-based non-skilled activity programs for veterans in the VA Community Living Center, and independently organizing the execution of those scheduled programs both within and outside the VA as necessary.
Worked directly under the Chief of Recreation for the Annual (GAG) Golden Age Games, and developed related training programs for veteran participants.
Assisted Recreation Therapists daily, co-developing and independently implementing recreation programs that addressed the needs of veterans as assessed by Recreation Therapist(s).
Independently conducted activity programs and treatment interventions for various types of disabilities including psychiatric diagnoses, dementia, neuro-muscular disorders, orthopedic conditions, AIDS, amputation, paralysis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, respiratory disorders, chronic cardiovascular diseases, and patients with multiple diagnoses.
Independently modified techniques, and co-developed new approaches as necessary to ensure realization of patient treatment goals in non-complex cases.
Independently encountered and noted on veterans' charts if there were any changes since their last assessment, then verbally informed Recreation Therapist(s).
Observed safety precautions in use of tools and equipment.
Operated equipment and vehicles in safely and properly.
Associate of Science: Business Management/LeadershipWinter, 2018Santa Monica CollegeSanta Monica, CA- Online
Some coursework completed in business management, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
B_ BUS2O Marketing(3) B _BUS5 Business law (3) C_Accounting 1 (5) B_BUS32 Communications(3) B_BUS62 Human Relations(3) C_Business83 Operations & management(3)
B_BUS1 Business introduction(3) C_ECON2 Macroeconomics(3)
B_CIS4 introduction Business Applications(3)
Activity Director Certification: Recreation Therapy2018NCCAPOnlineCurrently
enrolled in the MEPAP1 course.
course required to earn Activity Director Certification)
Linda Reed Voluntary Service VA Seattle
Emily Petterson Seattle Seahawks Community Outreach
Linda Brandies Social Worker VA Seattle
First Aid/CPR certified, Yearly TMS training.
Business management, designing and maintaining monthly calendars, charting, leadership,Excel, Microsoft Word, Office skills, organizing, patient treatment, programming, promotion, reporting, research, safety, supervising, training programs,Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, web design.