Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

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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. 

Required Skills

    • 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.

Required Experience


  • 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.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • 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

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Job Location

Springfield, Illinois
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