A therapeutic recreation program is defined as a professional service that assists people with disabilities and other limitations to have a leisure life-style that encompasses functional independence, health and well-being through treatment, education and participation. Therapeutic recreation is practiced in clinical, community and residential treatment
As a Recreation Therapist , the individual would, individually or as a member of a treatment team or treatment program, plan and conduct activities for client/patient groups. The goal of each program is to bring about positive change in a client's/ patient's mental, physical and/or social behavior. The individual would lead life skills training groups and leisure activities.
Duties of a Recreation Therapy Specialist may include the following but are not limited to:
Promote, plan and carry out programs and activities according to field of specialty as directed.
Directly monitor and evaluate patient response to programs and activities offered and inform the treatment team of requests and response.
Maintain inventory of relevant supplies, and inform Supervisor of supply needs for specific functions.
Prepare the recreation area for the comfort and safety of the Patients to provide the maximum therapeutic value of the session.
Supervise adjunct staff/students when necessary.
When involved in a Therapeutic Recreation program: Evaluate patient' progress and status and work with the treatment team to provide a therapeutically effective program to meet the patients' needs.
As an integral member of the treatment team, will interface with other staff such as nursing, social work and therapy staff, to provide each patient with a comprehensive therapy and care program.
Document attendance statistics and progress notes, and document patient progress. Share relevant information about patients with other department/disciplines, as necessary to benefit the patient and assist other care staff.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field from an accredited college, and one year of full time experience in planning and administering a therapeutic recreation program* which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic recreational activities for psychiatric patients/residents; individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals that are physically challenged or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency; in a hospital or health care or related facility.
Preferred Qualifications: 5 years of experience 2 years specialty experience in Acute Psychiatry. Current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Experience/training in Crisis management and crisis prevention.
Special Notes:Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
Posting Overview: This position will remain posted until filled or for a maximum of 90 days. An initial review of all applicants will occur two weeks from the posting date. Candidates are advised on the application that for full consideration, applications must be received before the initial review date (which is within two weeks of the posting date).
If within the initial review no candidate was selected to fill the position posted, additional applications will be considered for the posted position; however, the posting will close once a finalist is identified, and at minimal, two weeks after the initial posting date. Please note, that if no candidate were identified and hired within 90 days from initial posting, the posting would close for review, and possibly reposted at a later date.
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Prior to start date,the selected candidate must meet the following requirements:
Successfully complete pre-employment physical examination and obtain medical clearance from Stony Brook Medicine's Employee Health Services*
Complete electronic reference check with a minimum of three (3) professional references.
Successfully complete a 5 panel drug screen*
Successfully complete a Background Check investigation.
Provide a copy of any required New York State license(s)/certificate(s).
Failure to comply with any of the above requirements could result in a delayed start date and/or revocation of the employment offer.
* The hiring department will be responsible for any fee incurred for examination.
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Official Job Title: TH Recreational Therapy Specialist
Job Field: Therapeutic Recreation
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Psychiatry-Stony Brook University Hospital
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