The Activity Therapist is responsible for planning, scheduling, and implementing life skills and leisure activity programs for the patients based on appropriate developmental, social, and emotional stages of each patient under the direction of the Director of Activity Therapy. The Activity Therapist plans activities to meet the specific needs of the patient population including patient with physical limitations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and demonstrates competence in the human stages of growth and development.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Prefer a BA degree or equivalent in Recreational Therapy or related field. Must possess knowledge of all major psychiatric diagnosis, as well as developmental stage of adolescents and adults. Knowledge of child, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations is additionally helpful. Experience in clinical interviewing and knowledge of the concept and philosophy of Activity Therapy in the treatment process is required. Two years experience in a psychiatric or substance abuse facility is preferred.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in many different situations.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and understand procedure manuals, business reports.
The physical demands as described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will experience a high degree of physical demand. Teams course, gym activities, and other physical activities make up an essential part of this position. A moderate amount of bending and lifting may be required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment for this position varies. There are three different modules the Activity Therapist is responsible for: the gym, life skills, and therapeutic outings.