Recreational Therapist - Saturday & Sunday Per Diem
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May 1

Recreational Therapist - Saturday & Sunday Per Diem

Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital $28.00 - $30.00
Per Diem
6-8hrs per day- flexible start/end time
Reseda, CA

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POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Program Director, provides recreational therapy and activities to Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatric Unit (AGPU) patients according to departmental, professional and regulatory standards of care.


  • Conducts initial assessment to evaluate functional and social ability, identify major interests and set realistic recreation therapy treatment goals.
  • Develops and implements appropriate recreation therapy program and monitors treatment progress.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in facilitating all therapeutic programs and modalities in group and/or 1:1 setting including exercises, leisure, sensory, creative, recreational and social activities.
  • Determine progress achieved, update goals, and develops and implements a therapeutic Plan of Care with ongoing recommendations based on changes in patient’s condition. Presents and coordinates the Plan of Care with the Interdisciplinary Team. Keeps the Team apprised of changes in the patient’s condition.
  • Completes documentation in the medical record accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Provides recreational education to patients and family members or caregiver according to recreation therapy standards
  • Maintains competency according to departmental, organizational and professional standards.
  • Understands fiscal issues and is appropriately involved in meeting budget targets.
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures, identifying and immediately reporting any potential or actual unsafe acts or conditions to the AGPU leadership team. Takes necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for oneself, co-workers, contractors, patients, visitors and others.
  • Consistently meets or exceeds AGPU targets for productivity and patient satisfaction.
  • Continually seeks better ways for delivering services and communicating with patients.
  • Demonstrates respect for and promotes patient rights including dignity, self-determination, access to care, confidentiality and independence.
  • Effectively collaborates with staff peers and contractors to meet AGPU goals and further success.
  • Complies with all policy and procedures of AGPU.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in delivering age-specific care for individuals over the age of 60.
  • Consistently meets or exceeds AGPU quality assessment and performance improvement targets.


  • Degree and diplomas: Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy or related field (Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy or Social Work).
  • Certificates, Licenses: Recreation Therapist Certified (RTC), National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), Licensed Occupational Therapist, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified through Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) as ATR-BC, Board Certified/Registered in Drama Therapy (RDT, RDT-P, RDT-BC), Registered as a Music Therapist or Board Certified (MT-BC) in Music Therapy, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Verification of completion of CPR (BLS) and first aid training. Valid California driver’s license with good driving record. TB screening and successful completion of a health examination by a hospital-designated nurse practitioner or physician is required for employment. MAB De-escalation Training and Certification is required within 3 months of hire.
  • Experience: Minimum of one year experience in facilitating therapeutic activities and recreational programs for individuals with mental health conditions or the elderly population within the past five years. Prefer applicant with full-time experience in patient activities program in an acute psychiatric setting within the last 3 years.
  • Skills/Aptitudes: Knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate therapeutic groups for individuals with mental health disorders. Ability to provide care for elderly. Ability to work independently and within an Interdisciplinary Team. Excellent communication skills. Good organizational and supervisory skills. Ability to handle complex interpersonal situations.


  • Interaction with others: Excellent interpersonal interactions that result in team building, community involvement and participant empowerment.
  • Time/Deadline/Shift/Overtime requirements: Exhibits the ability to complete duties within an agreed upon time frame and to adjust personal schedule if required.
  • Flexibility requirements: Adapts appropriately to change of priorities and workload.
  • Pace requirements: Maintains a responsive participant activity schedule and a consistent level of productivity.
  • Communication skills required: Demonstrates sound verbal and written communication skills to convey information effectively.
  • Emotional stability requirements: Maintains a positive attitude and balance in relationships with others in complex interpersonal situations.
  • Attention to detail requirements: Incorporates an understanding of detailed requirements in work activities. Ability to collect and analyze program data.


Recreational Therapist - Saturday & Sunday Per Diem

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Highest level of education completed.