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CTRS - Recreational Therapist

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CTRS - Recreational Therapist

Job Code:  219182
Facility: Rivendell Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas
Location: BENTON, AR US
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Category: Healthcare - Rehabilitation
FTE: 1.0
Position Summary:

Position Summary:
Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected health care management companies, operating through its subsidiaries acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers nationwide. Founded in 1978, UHS subsidiaries now have more than 65,000 employees. The UHS business strategy is to build or purchase health care properties in rapidly growing markets and create a strong franchise based on exceptional service and effective cost control. Our success comes from a responsive management style and a service philosophy based on integrity, competence and compassion

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services is an 80-bed acute care facility located in Benton, AR, has been providing quality health care to the residents of Arkansas since 1986. Rivendell provides and array of emotional and behavioral health services for adults, children and adolescents. Our multi-disciplinary treatment approach has created an environment for healing. Rivendell currently has a recreational therapist position available. The candidate selected will be responsible for the following:


Assists in the inventory and ordering of appropriate recreation therapy supplies.
Maintains cleanliness & organization of supplies and areas used when conducting recreation activities.
Attends continuing education classes, seminars, workshops, & in-services pertinent to professional growth.


Ability to demonstrate knowledge of developmental tasks of children and adolescents.
Ability to demonstrate knowledge of developmental tasks of adults.
Demonstrates the ability to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and impending behavioral escalation.
Ability to recognize and evaluate behavior, changing levels of depression, tendencies toward self-aggressive behavior, cognitive functioning deficits, learning deficits, and patient’s capacity for self-care.
Assesses patient leisure needs & develops behavioral treatment plans. Documents assigned patient's progress on a weekly basis in a timely manner.


Accurate information is communicated to all members of the team as observed by the supervisor.
Works cooperatively and positively with all treatment team members as observed by the supervisor.
Is flexible and creative with job requirements and expectation as observed by supervisor.
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.
Establishes liaison & good relationships with all community agencies providing recreation therapy services


Establishes, initiates, organizes, and conducts the recreation therapy treatment program including leisure education, aerobics, creative expression, outdoor education, community reintegration, and special events such as birthdays, holidays & graduation parties.
Promotes the physical appearance of the unit through decorations, bulletin boards & displays of patient activities.
Completes appropriate and assigned written materials, documents and forms to assist in the organization & communication in the department. Develops a weekly schedule of planned patient activities.
Attends & participates in treatment team meetings & selected therapeutic groups when the program schedule permits.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience preferred;  and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Must be certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.. (CTRS)

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.

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