Recreational Therapist - Psychiatric Unit - Full Time - Days


Job Summary

Under the direction of the Director of Nursing or designee, the Recreational Therapist will engage patients in therapeutic activities. Recreational therapists will plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based medical treatment programs to help maintain or improve patients' physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Organize therapy sessions to interact with patients and offer recommendations for physical and mental wellness
  • Develop and implement rehabilitation programs to help patients adjust to a disability or illness
  • Ensure treatment plans are suitable for patients’ physical condition and are in accordance with their preferences
  • Monitor and keep track of patient’s progress to modify treatment program as necessary
  • Obtain and review patient’s medical records to assess patients abilities, interests, and needs
  • Provide health tips to patients and their families on leisure activities and lifestyle changes necessary for improved health conditions
  • Organize and lead patients in recreational activities such as art, sports, music or dance
  • Liaise with other health care professionals to plan and evaluate therapy programs
  • Help patients develop skills useful in participating in leisure exercises
  • Maintain accurate record of patient information, treatment program and recovery progress
  • Prepare and present reports to treatment team to highlight patients response to therapy
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree (an associate degree may be accepted depending on work experience)
  • 1-5 years of work experience (depending on level of education) 


Licensure/Certification Requirements

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, et al), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or disability.

Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

Job Details

Req Id  88948 
Shift Days
Shift Hours Worked  8.50
FTE 1 
Employee Status A1 - Full-Time 
Union Non-Union
Pay Range $54k - $87k Annually

Nearest Major Market: Utica