Our Recreation Specialist develops, organizes, and implements therapeutic recreation groups and activities that address the needs of patients with mental illness; is responsible for an array of daily interventions including groups, individual activities, crisis intervention, behavioral programming, and auxiliary support activities for patients; curriculum and resource development are also key facets of the job; and works in conjunction with the interdisciplinary treatment teams to achieve measurable objectives specified in the Recovery Plan.
Education for Recreation Specialist:
- Bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services or relevant field highly desired.
Experience for Recreation Specialist:
- Minimum of two years of experience working with psychiatric patients preferred
Licenses/Certifications for Recreation Specialist:
- Preferred Certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation highly desired or is eligible for certification as a recreation specialist or as an activity professional.
- Plans and conducts daily recreation and recovery groups, manages group process/dynamics so as to maximize patient participation and positive objective outcomes. Implements individualized activity plans and mentoring. Maintains creative, stimulating groups and room environment.
- Assesses and reassesses patients’ strengths and needs, and achievement of goals and objectives on the treatment plan.
- Completes therapeutic activity assessments and supervises other staff that completes therapeutic activity assessment and services.
- Performs timely, complete, accurate, and legible documentation of services provided that is consistent with professional standards, facility procedures, and department requirements.
- Is knowledgeable about care and treatment needs of patients of different ages. Provides individualized care and treatment that is consistent with sensitivity to the age and life span developmental needs of each patient.
- The above responsibilities are a highlight of responsibilities and not a full list. Other responsibilities may be performed as assigned.