Penn Highlands Healthcare

Recreational Therapist I

Job Location US-PA-DuBois
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(2/5/2018 11:18 AM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Behavioral Health Services - Adult/Adolescent
8AM - 4:30PM/Variable Hours


The best of modern health care technology, plus the best of small town America!

Located in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands of Pennsylvania, you don't have to be a native to feel at home here. No matter where your roots, you'll quickly recognize that the staff at Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD), like other residents of the community, will make you feel right at home.


Penn Highlands DuBois (PHD) offers residents of west central Pennsylvania a rare combination of technologically advanced health care in a warm, friendly environment. Widely recognized as one of the leading health centers of its kind in the commonwealth, PHD is an oasis of clinical and technical excellence, with a focus on patient-centered care. Its rural setting is just far enough from the hustle of the city life to make it peaceful, but close enough to provide easy access to sought-after urban attractions.

The Recreational Therapist I, under supervision of the Lead Recreational Therapist or Recreational Therapist II, formulates, organizes, and implements a recreational therapy program to provide assistance with rehabilitation to the activities of daily living to an assigned patient population.


*Complies with PENN HIGHLANDS DUBOIS policies and procedures, accreditation agency requirements, and federal, state or local law and regulations

Demonstrates competency in Recreational Therapist I role, as evidenced by:

Collaborates with other multidisciplinary team members to provide quality patient care
Communicates with patients/significant others regarding patient’s plan of care
Monitors and assists patients in group and individual Recreational Therapy activities
Develops new recreational activities to meet patient needs
Teaches, supervises, and counsels the patients and significant others in the Recreational Therapy needs of the patient

Participates in the development of new staff as evidenced by but not limited to:

Actively participates in the orientation including cultural and social integration of new staff
When serving as preceptor, collaborates with staff member and manager/charge nurse to manage the learning process and develop individualized action plans as needs are identified
Demonstrates professional accountability as evidenced by but not limited to:

Achieves educational credits to meet hospital and/or licensing/certification requirements
Presents information obtained at education conferences to staff members
Participates in the development and advancement of departmental standards, policies, and other clinical/professional initiatives
Conducts self in professional manner in dress, actions, and interpersonal communication
Ensures environment of safety for patients, significant others, and coworkers
Informs Director/Supervisor of patient care situations and departmental problems as appropriate
Demonstrates effective problem solving skills for clinical and departmental issues
Ensures an environment of patient safety through:

Performs patient safety/observation checks every 15 minutes
Complies with contraband policy
Manages changes in behavior that puts the patient or others at risk
Complies with restraint/seclusion policies


Demonstrates and maintains ongoing competencies for:

Facilitates an efficient and timely review and disposition of referrals consistent with department policy

Maintains current CPR and Comprehensive Crisis Management certifications

General duties as directed



  • Customer service attitude required
  • Bachelors Degree in recreational related field required
  • Experience in recreation therapy activities preferred
  • Experience working with mentally ill adults and adolescents required
  • Previous Supervisor experience preferred
  • Current Pennsylvania driver’s license required
  • Current Healthcare Provider (BLS) certification required or must obtain within six months of start date in Behavioral Health
  • Completion of Comprehensive Crisis Management training required or must obtain within 12 months of start date in Behavioral Health


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