Activity Therapist Job Description

Activity Therapist Job Description

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Activity therapist provides therapeutic group program for adolescent and adult patients including group therapy, expressive therapies, recreation and psych education in collaboration with the interdisciplinary treatment team.

Activity Therapist Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective activity therapist job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included activity therapist job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Help people with disabilities integrate into the community by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities
Improve and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients
Help individuals reduce depression, stress, and anxiety
Meet with youth and family at least two times a month for family sessions
Meet with youth and psychiatrist monthly for drug management as needed
Keep charting up to date for each therapy session, whether individual or group
Chart progress on treatment goals and maintain accurate records
Assist team members in case management as needed
Evaluate functioning of activity therapy program in Rehabilitation Medicine
Assess specific activity needs of patients and records progress of patients as defined by standards of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department

Activity Therapist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Activity Therapist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPR, CPI, BLS, BC, MT, BCLS, CTRS, NCTRC

Education for Activity Therapist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the activity therapist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Education, Dance, Occupational Therapy, Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Music

Skills for Activity Therapist

Desired skills for activity therapist include:

Group principles and good group techniques
Community resources
Developmental stages
Dynamics and treatment of basic psychiatric disorders
Group dynamics therapy and practice of group processing
Symptoms
Techniques of the fine arts therapies and other adjunctive therapies
Theories
Therapeutic philosophies
Compliance with Butler Hospital policies and procedures regarding restraint and seclusion

Desired experience for activity therapist includes:

Coordinate activities
Apply new techniques and skills
Work with other disciplines to coordinate effective patient care
Review clinical case records for accuracy and completeness
Provide consistent and timely follow-through
Anticipates patient's needs

Activity Therapist Examples

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Activity Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of activity therapist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for activity therapist
  • Comply with facility safety, infection control and security program
  • Selects evaluation and activities appropriate to the diagnosis, and formulates appropriate care plans in order to achieve desired outcome with guidance of Therapeutic Recreation Director
  • Demonstrates the essential skill competencies in order to facilitate group and individual activities
  • Adheres to department policy regarding timeframe, form and content of written evaluations, progress notes and activity summaries in order to meet program and regulatory requirements under supervision of Therapeutic Recreation Director
  • Communicates effectively with patients, family, care team members, students, supervisors and outside contacts
  • Completes all administrative and other responsibilities in support of the operating unit
  • Organizes community outings and special events for CentraCare participants
  • Provides direction for recreational, social and spiritual activities for the facility residents
  • Coordinates/implements activities
  • Is able to assist residents with activities
Qualifications for activity therapist
  • Must have proven leadership experience and skills with the ability to get along harmoniously with others in a team environment
  • Must possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret CentraCare goals, objectives, policies and procedures, , that are necessary for providing quality care
  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, the willingness to handle difficult participants
  • Must be knowledgeable of computers, data entry, output, system applications
  • Satisfactorily completed at least thirty‐six (36) hours of training in a course designed specifically for this position and approved by regulatory agencies is preferred
  • Must be board certified or eligible for exam
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Activity Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of activity therapist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for activity therapist
  • Demonstrate responsibility for observation and application of sound judgment in patients' physical and mental condition/needs
  • Observe and document changes in patients' appearance, behavior, and ability to work towards
  • Develop and implement expressive therapy treatment plans that are age appropriate, and consistent with overall treatment goals
  • Maintain the clinical and administrative documentation associated with performed services
  • Progress notes should be accurate, timely and legible
  • Effectively contribute to discharge planning of patients
  • Assist in keeping supplies and equipment organized and in working condition
  • Certified Activity Therapist and/or Bachelors or Masters Degree in related field
  • Licensed or certified by state as required by their professional board or organization
  • Current CPI (CPI within 90 days of hire and maintained current)
Qualifications for activity therapist
  • Current License Certification in Activity/Occupational/Recreational Therapy
  • 1-3 years acute care experience in Recreational Therapy
  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work or other mental health field
  • Two (2) years experience in a social or recreational program within the past five (5) years, one (1) of which was full time in a resident activities program in a healthcare setting or has satisfactorily completed a training course designated specifically for this position
  • May have additional qualifications that would enhance job performance, such as certification or licensing as CNA, LPN/LVN, RN or degrees in recreational, social or occupational work
  • Minimum Experience – 1-3 year’s hospital experience as Activities Therapist
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Activity Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of activity therapist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for activity therapist
  • Plans, directs or coordinates therapeutic recreation programs
  • Assesses patient’s leisure, social, and recreational abilities, deficiencies, interests, barriers, life experiences, needs, and potential
  • Provides in-depth Music Therapy assessments of each patient where additional information is requested through analysis of the non-verbal medium
  • Establishes relevant and attainable goals for the patient which, reflect the assessment date
  • Plans and assesses patient’s progress treatment and discharge needs through attendance at staffing updates
  • Contributes to interdisciplinary treatment plan at initial staffing
  • Demonstrates the knowledge, judgment, and technical skills required to employ activities for patients to develop, maintain, improve, restore, or maximize function and compensation for dysfunction
  • Sets appropriate limits in response to undesirable physical and social behavior
  • Takes initiative to re-evaluate the patient’s status at appropriate intervals as indicated by individual needs
  • Deals effectively with a variety of patient diagnoses and age groups
Qualifications for activity therapist
  • Prefer certified Recreation (Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and two yearsexperience) Art/Music Therapist (Master's degree in art/music therapy with 1,000 hours post-graduate clinical experience)
  • Minimum of one year experience working in a therapeutic recreation program for adults and adolescents with psychiatric and/or chemical dependency patients
  • BS/Masters from an accredited University with degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Current Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist registration (CTRS), Certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MTBC), Certified by the Arizona Department of Education with Special Education K-12 certificate, Art Therapy, Physical Education or Dance Therapy with current certification
  • At least 2 years experience in Behavioral Health preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required in recreation therapy or in one of the recognized related activity therapy fields such as music, art, dance, or occupational therapy as outlined in CMS standards for inpatient psychiatric care
  • One (1) year experience required in therapeutic activities in a psychiatric setting and must meet state and CMS requirements
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Activity Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for an activity therapist. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for activity therapist
  • Provides diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive, individualized treatment for patients with serious psychiatric illnesses in an acute care, partial hopsitalization setting
  • Plan and carry out specific assessments and treatment interventions in an individual and group setting
  • Provide education and in-service training regarding Music Therapy to paitient, families, staff and others
  • Consult with other members of the multidisciplinary team to appropriately address identified patient needs during Music Therapy sessions
  • Assist in the establishment or modification of Music Therapy policies and procedures and guidelines for practice
  • Plan and implement additional Music Therapy Sessions, ex., special events, patient/family workshops
  • May assist in the preparation of assigned sections of the annual budget
  • May participate in research and write/present papers
  • Applicant must have excellent skills at communication and teamwork
  • Request needed supplies for activity department
Qualifications for activity therapist
  • A Bachelor's degree in a field related to the practice of Activity Therapy or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Completion of a clinical Child Life Internship (480 hours minimum) under the supervision of a certified Child Life Specialist
  • Conducts assessment of a clients condition and recommends appropriate recreational activity
  • Master’s degree in Child Life or related field
  • Under general supervision, plans, directs or coordinates therapeutic recreation programs
  • Activities include sports, gardening, dramatics, music, social activities, and arts and crafts
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Activity Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for an activity therapist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for activity therapist
  • Treatment Planning of Rehabilitation Programs
  • Establishing and maintaining a productive, professional relationship with the medical staff, management team, and all other departments
  • Providing direct care and providing physical and expressive outlet for all residents
  • Run assigned treatment groups to meet the need of various functioning level and/or diagnostic categories
  • Utilize interviewing techniques, observations, formal and informal screening/evaluation tools to assess functional level of patients
  • Identify patients’ assets and problem areas
  • Collaborate with patients in goal-setting
  • Recommend appropriate activities for goal attainment and assist patients to select appropriate groups and activities
  • Complete daily notes for each group
  • Plans, directs or coordinates therapeutic recreation programs activities including sports, gardening, dramatics, music, social activities, and arts and crafts
Qualifications for activity therapist
  • 1 - 3 yrs Behavioral Health experience preferred
  • Prefer Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy, Physical Education or related field
  • Prefer one to two years’ experience in Recreation/Activity Therapy
  • A basic knowledge of human behavior or principles of psychology will be very useful skills in prioritizing and time management
  • One year experience working with psychiatric, physical rehabilitation or medical patients
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy or related field

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