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Recreation Therapist - (15985)

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Deltek Talent Management - Recreation Therapist - (15985)

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Recreation Therapist - (15985)

Facility Name
Poplar Springs Hospital
PETERSBURG, VA 23805 US (Primary)
Career Area
Behavioral Health - Support Staff
Job Description

Poplar Springs Hospital, a 183 bed acute care and residential facility, is located in Petersburg, Virginia, 20 minutes south of Richmond and 50 minutes north of North Carolina. Situated on 25 acres, our serene, nature-like setting offers our patients a sense of calmness and peace. For more than 30 years Poplar Springs Hospital has been guided by its mission of helping those who need the full continuum of behavioral services. Our facility offers behavioral and psychological treatment for adults and adolescents through our acute programs, adolescent residential programs, sexually abusive youth services, as well as programs for active duty military.

Recreation therapist will provide ancillary therapy assessments/consults, group activity therapy sessions. Will carry a case load, develop and implement therapeutic activity sessions, and complete all related documentation. Will assist with the development of a related program strategy and monitoring and evaluating patient outcomes. Interacts with medical, nursing and other Program staff members. Provides timely and accurate documentation. Participates in referral development activities as directed.

Co-signs therapy notes as needed to assure timely charting of AT documentation. Assists in providing training and orientation to new activity therapists. Directly supports staff development training and clinical education. Participates in performance improvement committees and other hospital committees as assigned. Assists in recruitment and supervision of student interns. Performs continuous quality improvement activities. Orders supplies and utilizes resources in a fiscally responsible manner to provide quality activity programming. Maintains the environment of care. Actively communicates with AT Director and AT team members as necessary all issues related to AT services. Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements


  • Certified or eligibility for certification as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist may be considered.
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license.
  • Current CPR and/or BLS certification.
  • Current Lifesaving certification strongly preferred.
  • Current CPI certification.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and certification.
  • One to two years previous experience preferred.

General Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age per Commonwealth of Virginia Interdepartmental Regulation of Children’s Residential Facilities. (22VAC42-11-380, pg. 43)
  • Must have patience, tact, and a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm.
  • Good communication skills; must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Basic clerical skills, basic experience with office equipment (telephone, copy machine, fax, etc.)
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