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Recreational Therapist 2

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Arizona State Hospital
Job Site Location
501 N. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Job Description

This position provides direct recreational therapy services under the supervision of the program manager to evaluate patient’s needs, rehabilitative potential, and progress. Additionally, this position develops implements and adjusts treatment or service plan based on knowledge of patient’s situation gained from interviewing and gathering case information. Confers with other members of the treatment or therapy team, discusses, plans and determines courses of action in patient care, treatment, or case determination
All Arizona State employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
Responsibilities include:
– Participating in establishing and maintaining a safe, orderly and therapeutic environment
– Providing direct recreational therapy services; leads, instructs, encourages patients in a program of individual and group activities of a physical, social and cultural nature such as indoor and outdoor games and sports, arts and crafts, music, parties, hobby shop work and special interest clubs
– Designing and constructing adaptive, assistive and supportive equipment for use of patients to improve motor functioning, strengthen and support muscles or prevent malfunction or deformities
– Evaluating the neurophysiologic and psychosocial needs of individuals with physicians, other disciplines, and higher level therapists
– Adapting and applying various techniques of recreational therapy such as training in activities of daily living, conditioning and muscular facilitation to meet these needs
– Choosing treatment modalities based upon patient ability to produce predetermined goals such as increased muscle strength and coordination, sensory motor integration and/or increased awareness of and ability to cope with one’s surroundings and interpersonal relationships
– Documenting evaluation results, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries in the patient’s health record
– Escorting patients to and from care units of the hospital
– Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.
Position Requirements include:
- Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a Rehabilitation or health related field at the time of hire
- Certification as a: Recreational Therapist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC) or be eligible to take the certification exam
- Must have specific health related field credential (such as Therapist – Board Certified, MT-BC; Art Therapist Registered, ATR; Occupational Therapist, OTR/L, Certified occupational therapy assistant [COTA/L]) within six months of hire date to maintain professional/credentialed status
- Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment
- Knowledge of methods used to accomplish therapeutic goals through recreational programs; scope of recreational therapy and its relationship to other health care professions; modification techniques used to adapt activities to individual needs; and community resources for recreational activities
- Skills in applying recreational therapy techniques and explaining and demonstrating therapeutic modalities/activities to staff, patients, primary caregivers, and other interested persons
- Ability to assess patient’s needs; develop treatment plans, goals and effective patient treatment modalities; plan, carry out and evaluate treatment programs; operate up to a 12 passenger van (must be able to complete required hospital training); motivate patients as deemed appropriate by Individual Treatment Plans; show sensitivity, objectivity, and flexibility under peer pressure associated with mentally/emotionally ill patients; and communicate verbally and in writing

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