Certified Recreation Therapist, Psychiatry OT-TR

Job Description

Location: Business Center
Department: Therapy Services
Hours: PRN
Shift: First Shift

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will provide therapeutic recreation services to adult psychiatric patients including evaluation, treatment planning, and implementation of an individualized treatment program and related documentation and communication.


PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY) Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Screening and Assessment - Screen all patients admitted to the psychiatric service. Complete a functional assessment of the patient using appropriate therapeutic assessment tool. Develop individualized treatment programs consistent with patient's diagnosis, status, and goals. Establish a plan of care that includes realistic and measurable goals in relation to the patient 's goals, diagnosis, prognosis, learning ability of patient and caregiver, physical/mental status, and anticipated lifestyle. Make recommendations for discharge, including appropriate referrals.

Treatment - Develop and implement an individualized treatment program in collaboration with the treatment team that is consistent with patient diagnosis, status, and goals. Develop and implement patient group activities in collaboration with other team members as appropriate. Identify patients appropriate for group activities based on functional status. Lead/co-lead therapeutic groups for patients. Monitor patient response to activities and modify plan as needed. Participate in managing the milieu, including seclusion and restraint as directed by the team leader. Recommend and procure necessary equipment for the patient as needed.

Documentation - Document patient's evaluation, status, progress, and discharge per approved procedures. Documentation is completed within the appropriate time frame. Submit reports and statistics using approved tools or software systems. Meet department productivity standards. Adhere to hospital/department policies. Comply with all pertinent regulatory standards.

Education - Considers the learning needs of the patient and provides education pertinent with established goals. Actively mentor and supervise therapeutic recreation students and appropriately utilize teaching techniques. Develop and maintain a student training manual. Participate in performance improvement programs; able to articulate outcomes and improvements. Participate in educational in-services and opportunities to advance clinical knowledge and competencies. Completes mandatory education per hospital/department requirements. Participate in the orientation process of new associates and students. Serve on program development task forces as appropriate.

Other - Order and maintain supplies for use in therapeutic activities for patients. Adheres to Health Alliance initiatives, including the R.I.T.E. values. Demonstrate time management skills. Actively participate in department team/staff meetings. Maintain a safe and clean environment; follow infection control guidelines. Maintains confidentiality and abides by HIPAA guidelines. Utilizes hospital information systems appropriately. Promotes a positive atmosphere.


Knowledge and Skills

Education: Bachelor of recreation therapy from an accredited university. Certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation required.

Years of Experience: Must have the ability to evaluate and treat patients with various psychiatric diagnoses and deficits. Use of theoretically sound therapeutic recreation intervention/methods using various treatment modalities dependent upon the needs and abilities of the patient.