Posted on Mar. 9, 2018
Touchette Regional Hospital is seeking and Activity Therapist to join our behavioral health team to provide activity therapy to clients admitted and treated for psychiatric illness.
This position includes leadership of psychoeducational groups; scheduling of client groups, coordination of schedules of activity therapy techs, and keeping the department supply inventory in line with budgetary requirements.
Education requirementsBachelors’ degree from accredited college or university in Activity Therapy, Recreational Therapy or related healthcare field.
Experience requirementsOne year of job-related experience required.
QualificationsKnowledge of health services terminology.
Skilled at typing.
Skilled at oral and written communications.
Ability to effectively communicate and interact with community members, clients, and organization personnel.
Ability to collect data and conduct analysis as required to solve problems. Ability to provide daily direct service to external customers.
ResponsibilitiesAssist with maintaining unit safety.
Interviews and completes assessments on clients admitted to the department with in the prescribed time period.
Documents results of assessments, groups and client progress toward activity therapy (AT) goals as listed in the treatment plan.
Participate in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings providing assessment information and supplying AT interventions.
Interacts in a positive and constructive manner with physicians, nurses, other treatment team members, and other departments when the need for consultation is apparent.
Plans and administers structured activities to provide psychological, physical, intellectual, and social stimulation of psychiatric clients.
Coordinates activities with nursing personnel and other ancillary providers to avoid time conflicts.
Identifies and communicates important client information to other team members as needed.
Attends in-services, training, and meetings as required.
Documents client’s participation in groups and unit activities.
SkillsThe Activity Therapist (AT) must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to adults and geriatrics on Behavioral Health Unit.
The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the client’s status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each client’s requirements relative to his or her age specific needs, and to provide the care needed by adult and/or geriatric client groups.