University of Utah Health Care

  • Recreational Therapist - Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment Treatment (CAT) program, full-time

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    Tuesday - Saturday
    Location Name
    Univ Neuropsychiatric Inst
    Patient Care?
    UNI PRO 93F Young Adult Cat
    Behavioral Health
  • Overview

    The University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) and University of Utah Health are seeking a full-time Recreational Therapist to practice in our new Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) Program at the UNI Murray location!


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


    Program Overview:
    The Young Adult Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment (YA CAT) Program at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute is an elective service that offers a 4-8 week, comprehensive clinical evaluation for individuals of ages 18-30 in a residential environment with the capability of providing stabilization in a supervised setting, either before transitioning to the residential facility or if such stabilization is required following decompensation while at the residential facility.


    Unlike an acute inpatient hospitalization, the duration of the YA CAT Program allows for the opportunity to conduct expansive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Such interventions include regular psychiatric and medical evaluation, psychological assessment, behavioral and educational/career/vocational assessment, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy.


    The YA CAT Program utilizes a multi-disciplinary team of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurses, career/vocational specialist, expressive therapists (music, art, and recreation), psychiatric technicians, and dietitians.


    The comprehensive nature of the assessment helps to provide diagnostic clarity and guide recommendations for future therapeutic modalities and treatment levels of care.


    Corporate Overview:

    The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.




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    University of Utah Health was ranked as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes in 2018 and in 2019, and is the only health care provider from the state of Utah to receive the designation. 


    University of Utah Health credits its employees for its national ranking as a Top 10 Academic Medical Center for quality and safety for TEN consecutive years. 


    The University of Utah Hospital also received the award for the Best Hospital in Utah in 2018 and 2019!  


    Not surprisingly, health care organizations with higher levels of staff engagement also have higher patient satisfaction scores, better staff retention, and a stronger culture of safety.  It’s a great place to work and live, and the nation is taking note!


    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health 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 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


    • 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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