University of Utah Health Care

  • Recreational Therapist - UNI Expressive Therapy, PRN hours

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    Location Name
    Univ Neuropsychiatric Inst
    Patient Care?
    Behavioral Health
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA


    This position is responsible for developing treatment plans, implementing and evaluating recreation therapy interventions and ensuring safe and appropriate therapeutic services are provided.


    • Provides safe and appropriate specialized programs.
    • Assesses patients, develops and implements treatment programs to meet the goals of treatment services and patient needs.
    • Establishes treatment goals.
    • Evaluates therapy results and modifies treatment plans accordingly.
    • Develops discharge plans in collaboration with patient, family and treatment team members.
    • Participates as an active member of the treatment team.
    • Participates in the department and service delivery unit’s quality improvement programs.
    • Evaluates and assists in procurement of needed resources.
    • May assist in orientation, supervision and professional development of new staff and students.

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
    • Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills.
    • Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.
    • In performing daily work responsibilities with patients, the incumbent must constantly monitor safety and be able to foresee problems before they become a crisis. It may be required to address and resolve crisis situations involving patients.
    • The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.
    • The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.



    Licenses Required

    • One of the following
      • Current licensure as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS).
      • Current licensure as a Master Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (MTRS)

    * Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

    Qualifications (Preferred)


    • Two years of related experience.
    • Current Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain one within one month of hire.
    • National certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

    Working Conditions and Physical Demands

    Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

    • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

    Physical Requirements

    Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Non Indicated, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking


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