The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) provides rehabilitative services, upon referral, to patients with cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and visual/perceptual deficits to improve skills, restore function and/or independence. This position requires providing service to the following age population(s) adolescent, adult, older adult and frail elderly in a manner that demonstrates an understanding of the functional/developmental age of the individual served. The CTRS has a broad knowledge of current issues and trends in field of Therapeutic Recreation including knowledge of reimbursement practices and impact on Medical Rehab model.
- Leads the establishment and “startup” functions for the Therapeutic Recreation Program including identifying and incorporating “best practices” from other programs into MMC’s design and implementation.
- Serves as primary contact for individuals seeking information related to the Recreational Therapy Program. Serves as program liaison with physicians, other hospital departments, and the community.
- Develops CTRS Student Program including additional responsibility of supervising clinical performance of CTRS students within the program.
- Facilitates development of recreation therapy program in areas of: new services, community outreach / integration and advocacy efforts.
- Develops and enhances recreation therapy services, educational programs and/or research within the practice of recreation therapy, a department or program, or MHS.
- Provides feedback to the manager on performance of staff for use in the annual performance appraisals.
- Maintains Quality Assurance and Accreditation Standards for program.
- Functions within designated budget for activities.
- Assist in recruitment of staff and coordinates orientation and training of new staff in area of Therapeutic Recreation.
- Maintains ongoing training and education in related field to maintain certification.
- Coordinates staff orientation to the team and provides training as needed.
- Assess, prioritizes and coordinates staff education to meet program needs.
- Demonstrates support for and participates as requested in accomplishing MHS and departmental goals and objectives.
- Provides assessment, planning, development and evaluation of programs to meet the needs of rehabilitation patients (persons served).
- Implementation of multidisciplinary group therapy sessions.
- Participates in the interdisciplinary team meetings on the rehabilitation unit.
- Documents patient participation, behaviors and response in programs.
- Represents Rehab at unit and intra-departmental meetings as assigned.
- Meets with patients individually to assess needs.
- Incorporates team and patients goals in the activities planned for patients.
- Assists with patient physical care as needed when in group sessions.
- Demonstrates compliance and knowledge of department and hospital policies, procedures, and Behavioral Standards.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation required
- National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRS) Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) is required within 6 months of date of hire.
- Clinical experience in intensive rehab is preferred.
- Experience working in a multidisciplinary environment
- Strong leadership and organizational skills.
- Ability to network and establish advocacy relationships with Rehab related entities within the community.
- Demonstrated experience with program development/management, including data collection and quality monitoring activities.
- Proven ability to function in autonomous/independent role; is highly motivated and self-directed.
- Experience providing in-service education for hospital staff as well as presentations for consumers/public.
- Ability to design and implement inpatient, outpatient, and community oriented programs.
- Must possess valid Illinois driver’s license and must be deemed, as an acceptable driver in accordance with the MHS Fleet Safety Policy in order to provide patient/client transportation as part of the clinical plan of patient care.
- CPR certification preferred.
- Physical and Sensory Demands: Desire and demonstrated ability to work with people diagnosed with physical disabilities. Physically able to perform heavy work which requires active sitting, standing, lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, walking, agility (bending, stooping, twisting, crouching, kneeling, turning), dexterity (handling, fingering, reaching), and handling of rehabilitation patients and associated equipment. Occasionally, very heavy work. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
- Working Conditions: Universal Precautions Category I