Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members or patients themselves to assess patient capabilities, needs and interests.
Plan, organize, direct and participate in treatment programs and activities to facility patient rehabilitation.
Plan and implement expressive therapy, leisure and social activities for patients to ensure that their needs are addressed.
Conduct sessions to improve patient mental and physical well-being, instruct patients in activities and techniques, such are sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques designed to meet their specific needs.
Assess patient needs through observations, medical records, tests and discussions with other healthcare professionals, patient family and patient.
Create treatment plans and programs that meet patient needs and interests.
Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient.
Engage patients in therapeutic activities, such as exercise, games and community outings.
Help patients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent.
Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy or other recreation-based field which may be approved for national certification in their area of expertise. Master's degree preferred in some facilities, based on state requirements. Previous experience in recreation in a healthcare setting is preferred.
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or currently in the process of obtaining national certification; OR certified in the area of specialty (Art, Dance, Music, etc.) OR clinical professional licensure (LCPC, LPC, etc.) with certification in expressive therapy area.
First Aid, CPR, de-escalation and restraint certification required (training available upon hire and offered by facility).