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Recreational Therapist - Per Diem - (243903)

Facility Name
Highlands BHS
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO 80130 US (Primary)
Career Area
Rehabilitation Physical Therapist (RPT)
Job Description

Recreational Therapist


Highlands BHS

Highlands Behavioral Health System is an 86 bed freestanding behavioral health hospital offering psychiatric care for adults and adolescents. Centrally located in Littleton, the facility is easily accessible to families throughout the Front Range and just minutes from surrounding communities.


Recreational Therapist

The Recreational Therapist supervises and coordinates the activities of patients in the Recreational Therapy program to facilitate rehabilitation of mentally or emotionally disabled patients. The Recreational Therapist follows policies, procedures, standards and objectives for the treatment of patients; complies with performance improvement program. May organize and conduct music, recreation, or occupational therapy programs, depending on specialty. Directs patient participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce and enhance performance. Facilitates the learning of skills and functions essential for adaptation and productivity, diminish or correct pathology, and to promote and maintain health.



Essential Job Duties:

  • Comply with goals, objectives and procedures for the Recreational Services Department.
  • Comply with standards for patient participation in Recreational Therapy.
  • Plans Recreational Therapy program involving such activities as leisure, education, sports and games, singing, dancing, creating music, exercise programs, and occupational programs; participation in a variety of sensory, motor, educational, and social activities.
  • Teaches patients the skills and techniques required for participation in activities and evaluates patient’s progress, attitudes and behavior as related to their rehabilitative potential.
  • Adapts program according to the needs of the individual patients. Studies patients’ reactions while they are engaged in Recreational Therapy activities and prepares progress notes reflecting their reactions to the activity program.
  • Identify patient needs, develop and coordinate the implementations of therapeutic programs in accordance with administrative guidelines and medical directives.
  • Recommend equipment and supplies for related programs.
  • Initiate patient charges.
  • Maintain department records.
  • Assure compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Participate in performance improvement records and techniques.
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures.
  • Participate in education programs.
  • Collaborate with hospital staff and medical staff to ensure optimal patient care.
  • Promote positive working environment.
  • Promote guest relations.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Promotes safety by attending mandatory in services and complies with all safety measures initiated by the facility
Job Requirements

Job Requirements:

·         Baccalaureate degree or above required.

·         Three (3) to five (5) years hospital experience in a psychiatric setting preferred.

·         Knowledge of rehabilitation programs and planning required.

·         Must be eligible to sit for certification/licensure exam.

·         Must obtain certification/licensure within the first year of employment.

o    Music/Art Therapist must be certified by the State of Colorado with at least six (6) months experience in a mental health setting.

o    Occupational Therapist must have degree in Occupational Therapy with national registration with the American Occupational Therapy Association.

o    Recreation Therapist must have degree in Recreational Therapy and national registration or State of Colorado registration with a recognized therapeutic organization.



1)       Must have a working knowledge of the psychiatric process and its relationship to arts and crafts, sports and games, leisure skills, music and adjunctiveal activities, small and large group activities.

2)       Must be able to perform assignments with minimal supervision;

3)       Must be able to perform concentrated and/or complex mental activity with frequent involvement in complex and/or highly technical situations;

4)       Must be able to work successfully under highly stressful conditions;

5)       Must be able to comprehend and perform oral and written instructions and procedures;

6)       Must be able to collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members in an appropriate fashion;

7)       Must be capable of adapting to varying workloads an work assignments on a constant basis;

8)       Must have effective comprehensive reading skills, strong communication skills, written and verbal.



One of the nation’s largest and most respected hospital companies, Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Steadily growing from a startup to an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, UHS today has annual revenue nearing $10 billion. In 2017, UHS was recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; ranked #276 on the Fortune 500, and listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies.


Our operating philosophy is as effective today as it was 40 years ago: Build or acquire high quality hospitals in rapidly growing markets, invest in the people and equipment needed to allow each facility to thrive, and become the leading healthcare provider in each community we serve.


Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 81,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates more than 320 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities and ambulatory centers in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom.



*UHS is a registered trademark of UHS of Delaware, Inc., the management company for Universal Health Services, Inc. and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. Universal Health Services, Inc. is a holding company and operates through its subsidiaries including its management company, UHS of Delaware, Inc. All healthcare and management operations are conducted by subsidiaries of Universal Health Services, Inc. To the extent any reference to "UHS or UHS facilities" on this website including any statements, articles or other publications contained herein relates to our healthcare or management operations it is referring to Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Further, the terms "we," "us," "our" or "the company" in such context similarly refer to the operations of Universal Health Services' subsidiaries including UHS of Delaware. Any employment referenced in this website is not with Universal Health Services, Inc. but solely with one of its subsidiaries including but not limited to UHS of Delaware, Inc.


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