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Activity Therapist, CTRS

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital • New Lenox, IL

Posted 1 month ago

Job Snapshot

Full-Time
Healthcare - Health Services
Health Care

Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The Recreation Therapist is responsible for planning and implementing activity services for assigned program, which involves defining and implementing treatment goals as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and providing continuous patient care, observation, interaction, and role modeling to patients.

STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

THE ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS ARE CATEGORIZED UNDER THE JCAHO STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE

Assessment

  • Demonstrate responsibility for observation and application of sound judgment in patients' physical and mental condition/needs.
  • Observe and document changes in patients' appearance, behavior, and ability to work towards treatment plan goals.
  • Communicate changes in patient's condition to Charge Nurse or Program Director.
  • Provides assessment in psycho-social/leisure and recreational skills development/deficiency.

Interventions

  • Ensure timely documentation of interventions and ensure interventions are based on the patient's plan of care.
  • Apply appropriate crisis intervention techniques, as required.
  • Assist patients in achieving their optimum level of independent functioning.
  • Document services rendered in accordance with established criteria.
  • Maintain current documentation in daily progress notes, including the patient's name, date of therapy, name of therapeutic group/intervention, and summary of the session.

Milieu

  • Effectively plans and implements activity therapy for assigned patient case load within the facility, as well as outside the hospital as required.
  • Monitor therapeutic space, supplies and equipment and ensures they are kept in a clean, orderly and safe condition.
  • Utilize advanced knowledge of counseling and therapeutic concepts and methods for determining therapeutic services for psychiatric and chemically dependent patients.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of group dynamics as well as therapy and practice of group processing.

Performance Accountability

  • Demonstrate excellent guest relations in communication and cooperation, assisting patients, licensed practitioners, co-workers, and visitors in a prompt and courteous manner.
  • Act as a patient advocate and assures patient rights are upheld.
  • Report therapeutic services charges daily, substantiating any changes in the treatment notes.
  • Attend program meetings and maintain related records.
  • Provide direction, education, and in-service to other unit personnel regarding activity therapy.
  • Participate in performance improvement activities (i.e. inservices, conferences or seminars ).
  • Utilize time constructively and in an organized manner to accomplish assigned responsibilities, delegates duties to other personnel as appropriate, and demonstrates good judgment when making decisions
  • Adhere to facility, department and Corporate Personnel Policies and Procedures.
  • Attend all mandatory facility inservices and staff development activities as scheduled.
  • Adhere to facility standards concerning conduct, dress, attendance and punctuality.
  • Support facility-wide quality/performance improvement goals and objectives.
  • Maintain confidentiality of facility employees and patient information.

Teaching

  • Model and teach appropriate social skills.
  • Teach coping skills and stress management techniques to patients.
  • Carry out teaching activities identified in the treatment plan.

Treatment Planning

  • Provide pertinent feedback to the interdisciplinary treatment team regarding patient response to therapy, treatment interventions, and therapeutic objectives, as appropriate and necessary.
  • Contribute to treatment plan with specific goals and interventions to be achieved in therapeutic

Specific Standards for the Care of Child Patients Ages 5 through 11

  • Maintain knowledge of the Child Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.
  • Maintain knowledge of children's stages of development and seek guidance from the nurse in charge when questions about the norms for behavior related to child development arise.
  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and make note of any deviations in behavior.
  • Recognize acting out behavior of child specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled child.
  • Relate to child patients in an age appropriate manner.
  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of children, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Child Patient Programs.

Specific Standards for the Care of Adolescent Patients Ages 12 through 18

  • Maintain knowledge of the Adolescent Program rules, protocols and handbooks guidelines.
  • Assess patients for behaviors consistent with the developmental stages and makes note of any deviations in behavior.
  • Recognize acting out behavior of adolescent specific age group and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behavioral and non-judgmental terms based on the age of the patient.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of learning disabilities and translates treatment/program expectations to the learning disabled adolescent.
  • Relate to adolescent patients in an age appropriate manner.
  • Utilize seclusion and restraint procedures with an understanding of the need for modification in regard to smaller body sizes of adolescents, abandonment issues and the history of physical and/or sexual abuse issue.
  • Act as a resource to other staff in regard to the Adolescent Patient Programs.

Specific Standards for the Care of Adult Patients Ages 19 through 64

  • Gather information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use judgments based on knowledge of adult behaviors in treatment planning and interventions.
  • Recognize behaviors and set appropriate limits in clear, concise, behaviors and non-judgmental terms.
  • Utilize seclusion/restraint procedures applicable to adult body size and past history of violent or emotional behaviors.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the Adult Program rules, protocols and handbook guidelines.
  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of adult care within Specific Standards of care for this age group.

Specific Standards for the Care of Geriatric Patients Ages 65 and older

  • Maintain knowledge of the developmental tasks and sociological theories of aging.
  • Utilize theoretical concepts to guide the effective practice of gerontological health care and behavioral care.
  • Gather the appropriate information from the patient, family and interdisciplinary team and use therapeutic judgments based on knowledge of gerontological health/behavioral care practices to develop a comprehensive plan of care.
  • Utilize interventions based on gerontological theory to restore patient’s functional capabilities and to prevent complications and excess disability.
  • Maintain a complete knowledge of treatments, medications and side effects of such in the geriatric age

Specific Standards for the Care of Chemically Dependent Patients

  • Assesses patient needs as related to chemical dependency and document the plan of care from the admission through discharge.
  • Collaborate with other chemical dependency staff professionals in planning for discharge and follow-up care.
  • Maintain an awareness of how personal issues relating the co-dependency can impact work performance/relationships.
  • Recognize and establish limits on medication-seeking behaviors.

Additional Standards

  • Adhere to facility, department, corporate and standard policies and procedures.
  • Attend all mandatory facility inservices and staff development activities as scheduled.
  • Adhere to facility standards concerning conduct, dress, attendance and punctuality.
  • Support facility-wide quality/performance improvement goals and objectives.
  • Maintain confidentiality of facility employees and patient information.

Note: The essential job functions of this position are not limited to the duties listed above. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge in one or more program disciplines (i.e. art, occupational, recreation, and/or music therapy).
  • Knowledge of psychiatric care techniques.
  • Knowledge of assaultive behavior management techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge and training in CPR.
  • Knowledge of all code procedures.
  • Knowledge of adolescent and adult program rules and protocols.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Effective Human Relations skills.
  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Skill in telephone etiquette and paging procedures.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and co-workers.
  • Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to work as a team player.
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.
  • Ability to problem solve, utilizing good judgment.
  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
  • Ability to recognize the importance of adapting to the various patient age groups (adolescent, adult and geriatric).
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to meet corporate deadlines.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPECIAL DEMANDS

  • Ability to stand sit or walk up to six hours, sit for up to two hours.
  • Ability to move frequently is required in the delivery of patient care.
  • Visual acuity is needed for accurate reading of patient charts and for demonstrating activities or assisting patients in activities.
  • Ability to spend 20% of the work day outdoors in temperatures varying form 30°-100°F and 80% of the work day indoors in temperatures varying from 60°-85°F.
  • Ability to occasionally push/pull wheeled carts from 200 Ibs. (i.e., crash cart, EKG machine, patient on stretchers or in wheelchairs).
  • Ability to frequently lift and carry up to 10 Ibs.. (i.e. juices, charts, patient's belongings) and occasionally lift and carry up to 100 Ibs. (a patient).
  • Ability to frequently reach above, at or below shoulder height (obtain supplies, reach in cabinets, use refrigerator), kneel, bend, stoop, turn, twist.
  • Ability to frequently handle, through gross and fine manipulations, simple grasping, twisting and fingering of small objects (telephone buttons, thermometers with both hands).
  • Ability to operate a van in a safe manner.
  • Ability to see well enough to read written material and discern a variety of odors.
  • Ability to occasionally handle hazardous/infectious waste.
  • Ability to work in an environment where the noise level is frequently high; where chemicals are frequently used for cleaning; where mechanical and electrical hazards may be occasionally present; and where dust, mist and steam are frequently generated in housekeeping tasks.
  • Ability to work at a rapid pace and tolerate a variety of repetitive tasks.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Occupational, Art, Music, or Recreation therapy, humanities, social work or related therapeutic discipline, or a Masters degree in Art Therapy, preferred.

Experience: One (1) year of related experience, with knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.

Licensure: Certification or licensure by state and/or national governing body in of the following areas: art, occupational, recreation, or music therapy.

Additional Requirements: Successful completion of CPR Certification and successful completion of Preventative Management Aggressive Behavior Training (SAMA) prior to assisting with a restraining procedure and within 90 days of employment. May be required to work overtime and flexible hours. Current Lifeguard and First Aid certifications if conducting swimming activities.

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