Tri-City Medical Center


Posted Date 1 month ago(1/17/2018 4:09 PM)
FTE Status
PD .2
Cost Center/Dept
6340 - IP Behavioral Health
Work Schedule
8 hour shifts, as needed coverage for vacation/holidays/weekends


Position Summary: 


Recreation Therapists utilize a process of steps involving assessment, development, implementation and evaluation in the treatment plans for adult and/or geriatric populations with psychiatric disorders.  The RT monitors and documents patient progress, conveys patient information to all members of the treatment team, assists in the supervision and education of students and volunteers, develops and facilitates therapeutic recreation groups, encourages patient participation in leisure activities, supervises patients to ensure safety during treatment, and maintains open communication with patients and their families.  Professional standards of conduct and ethics outlined in the department expectations and professional organizations are constantly maintained as well as continued education, ensuring professional competence for the highest level of therapeutic treatment.


Major Position Responsibilities:



  • Completes Therapeutic Recreation assessments on each new patient within 72 hours upon admit.
  • Writes Therapeutic Recreation treatment plans on each patient after completing the initial assessment.
  • Designs and implements Therapeutic Recreation groups according to patients' daily needs.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of each patient response to the treatment goals through daily progress notes.
  • Manages patient care and non-patient care time effectively.
  • Participates in program development and activities for the Behavioral Health Unit.
  • Demonstrates as awareness of and sensitivity to patients' rights.                   
  • Develops and maintains effective communication through written and/or verbal mechanisms with treatment team members, patients, family members, guests and any other internal/external persons involved with the patients treatment and care.
  • Communicates daily with the Director of Behavioral Health Services regarding placement, legal status and any clinical issues that are problematic.
  • Utilizes negotiation skills to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrates leadership and initiative by assisting in the supervision and education of volunteers and students.


  • Recognizes and communicates patient and milieu problems and responds effectively.
  • Assists with minimizing patient use of restraints and seclusion.
  • Responds to safety and emergency situations including utilizing management of assualtive behavior. 


  • Attends daily patient review meetings.
  • Participates in weekly treatment team meetings.
  • Attends staff meetings monthly.
  • Furthers own professional development by attending clinically related continuing education workshops and in-services.

Policy/Patient Advocacy

  • Assures the privacy, dignity, confidentiality and LPS Regulations with all patients and their support system.
  • Demonstrates awareness of hospital and department policies assures compliance with and uses these as a basis for decision making for clinical issues.

Performance Improvement

  • Participates in unit and hospital wide performance improvement.


  • Demonstrates flexibility regarding staffing patterns and resolution of conflicts related to staffing decisions.


  • Demonstrates initiative in continual professional development by attending community and medical center in-services.


  • Communicates patient problems, concerns in an appropriate manner to appropriate lines of authority quickly and clearly.


Problem Solving

  • Demonstrates independent and effective clinical decision making ability via identification/solving skills.

Emergency Situations

  • Performs efficiently in emergency situations following established policies and procedures, informing appropriate persons and documenting events.

Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities

  • Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.


  • Minimum of two years inpatient psychiatric experience.


  • Graduate of an approved school for National Council Therapeutic recreation certification (NCTRC) therapeutic recreation accredited by California Board Recreation Park Certification (CBRPC) or NCTRC. 


  • Current BLS card required
  • Professional certification by CBRPC or NCTRC.
  • Membership to professional organization American Therapeutic Recreation Association or National Therapeutic recreation specialist (ATRA or NTRS) preferred.
  • NVCI within 90 days of hire or transfer, required. 


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