Recreation Therapist

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Recreation Therapist Job Description

 

Job Title: Recreation Therapist

 

Job Summary:

As a recreation therapist, you will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing therapeutic activities and programs for individuals with physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. Your duties will include assessing patients' needs, developing treatment plans, and leading group and individual sessions. You will also be responsible for evaluating patients' progress, maintaining accurate records, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care.

 

Responsibilities:

- Assess patients' physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities and develop individualized treatment plans based on their needs and interests.

- Plan and coordinate therapeutic activities and programs, including arts and crafts, games, music, and exercise.

- Lead group and individual sessions and modify activities as needed to meet patients' needs and abilities.

- Evaluate patients' progress and adjust treatment plans as necessary.

- Maintain accurate records of patients' participation and progress, including treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries.

- Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and social workers, to ensure that patients receive comprehensive care.

- Develop and implement strategies to promote patient engagement and motivation, and to address barriers to participation.

- Stay up-to-date with new research and best practices in recreation therapy and related fields.

 

Requirements:

- Bachelor's degree in recreation therapy or a related field.

- Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or eligibility to become certified.

- Knowledge of principles and techniques of recreation therapy and therapeutic recreation.

- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

- Ability to assess patients' needs and develop individualized treatment plans.

- Ability to lead group and individual sessions and modify activities to meet patients' needs and abilities.

- Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate records.

- Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with other healthcare professionals.

- Commitment to patient confidentiality and privacy.

- Willingness to work flexible hours and adjust to changes in patient needs and staffing requirements.

- Experience working with individuals with physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities, preferably in a therapeutic recreation setting.