Full Time Recreation Therapist – Copper Hills Youth Center

Plans and facilitates RT psycho-educational and challenge course groups weekly to assigned unit(s), including completion of group notes. Promotes the physical appearance of the unit through decorations, RT monthly calendar and displays of patient activities. Assists in the inventory and ordering of appropriate recreation therapy supplies. Works in team with administrative or other professional personnel such as those engaged in medicine, social work, nursing, psychology and therapy to ensure that recreation is well balanced, coordinated, and integrated with special services. Attends and participates in treatment team meetings and selected therapeutic groups when the program schedule permits. Establishes liaison and good relationships with all community agencies providing recreation therapy. Maintains cleanliness and organization of supplies and areas when conducting recreation activities. Attends continuing education classes, seminars, workshops and in-services pertinent to professional growth. Provides appropriate crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns, following proper restraint technique guidelines and displaying neutral emotions. Uses appropriate counseling skills by de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills, using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements maintaining appropriate boundaries and promoting a positive peer culture.

Consistently meets facility and regulatory training guidelines by attending all mandatory meetings and staff training sessions as required. Plans and facilitates community integration outings, adventure outings and service outings to assigned unit(s), including all required paperwork. Supervises animal assisted therapy visits on assigned unit and maintains open and active communication with animal therapy team. Assures cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned work area/unit and proactively assists in all security maintenance and safety functions as required for the overall facility. Demonstrates knowledge of resident diagnosis by planning interventions that compliment their current level of functioning and area of needs while promoting age and developmental growth. Organize plan and supervise special events on holidays or during school breaks. Checks equipment and space to look for hazards. Awareness of patients needs and profiles to plan safe activities. Fulfills special requests made of R.T. by others such as acquire equipment or art supplies for them. Orders food from Dietary in a timely manner. Documents RT groups notes, monthly treatment updates, and discharge notes on all assigned patients in a timely manner with content related to the Master Treatment Plan. Ability to assess residents treatment needs, assign congruent goals and objectives and develop an individualized recreation therapy treatment plan.


Company / Organization Name: Copper Hills Youth Center
Type: Full Time
Position Title: Recreation Therapist
Minimum Requirements Education and/or Experience

Bachelors degree from four year college or university; with two years related experience and /or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Minimum of one-year experience preferred.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyzes, and interprets general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write progress notes and business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and general public.

Mathematical Skill

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest percentages and record receipts for petty cash reimbursement.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification/ or eligible for certification.  CPR and First Aid certification.

Physical Demands

The physical demands 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 is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand: walk use hands to finger, handle or feel: reach with hands and arms: climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell, the employee must frequently lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific depth perception, and ability to adjust focus to perform the requirements of the position and to assist in the monitoring of the patients.  The employee must have satisfactory health, stamina, and strength as the position necessitates frequent participation in physical activities with the patient population such as physical exercises.

Physical Restraint

This position requires the ability to physically restrain patients. The Frequency and rationale for using CPI is for the purpose of prevention of harm to self and others.

Application Deadline June 29, 2018
Contact Name: Summer Knowlden
Application Instructions uhsinc.com/careers/opportunities-2/#/job/36757
Location: West Jordan, UT
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