Recreation Therapist Trainee

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The Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health Department is recruiting to fill Recreation Therapist/Trainee vacancies throughout Riverside County, CA.
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Under general supervision, to plan, develop, and provide progressive therapeutic recreation for mental health patients; and to do other work as required. Incumbents in this class serve under training conditions while acquiring the necessary experience to qualify for promotion to Recreation Therapist.
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES:??? Plans, develops, and provides recreational activities for mental health patients; applies recreation therapy knowledge and techniques to the problems of mental disorder and retardation, drug abuse, and alcoholism. ??? Assesses patient needs and determines appropriate recreational activities; evaluates the interests of the individual patients and assists and encourages them in selecting and participating in leisure-time activities. ??? Arranges for patients to participate in community diversional and social activities; participates in planning treatment goals for specific patients. ??? Observes and records patients' reactions; evaluates patient programs; participates in clinical conferences on patient evaluations. ??? Develops and evaluates community-based recreational activities; prepares records and reports as needed.
RECRUITING GUIDELINES:Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Recreation Therapy; OR Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Recreation which includes 14 semester or 20 quarter units of courses from at least three of the following areas: Psychology, Sociology, Siological Sciences, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Physical Education and Creative Arts, Human Services. Knowledge of: Various types of recreation and entertainment activities; the principles, procedures, techniques, and literature of recreational therapy, especially as it pertains to mental health or retardation; the theory and practice of mental rehabilitation; the characteristics of mental and emotional disturbances and mental deficiencies. Ability to: Utilize and apply effectively the required technical knowledge; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of the patients being treated; establish and maintain effective relationships with other staff members and the public; secure accurate clinical data and record such data systematically; analyze situations accurately and take appropriate action; speak and write effectively; prepare records and reports.

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