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Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Title:Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Department:Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village
Location:Lignum, VA
Monitors and supervises the activities coordinators in the execution of their assigned job responsibilities.  Ensures that the recreational staffs are adhering to the administrative and programmatic policies and procedures.   Responsible for implementing curricula and teaching methods that utilize recreation and leisure activities to enhance psychosocial functioning, enhance physical performance, and facilitate community integration.  In conjunction with the residents, plan and participates in activities, community outings, and special events on and off-site.   
  • Minimum of a Baccalaureate Degree in one of the behavioral sciences or related fields.  Qualified candidate(s) will have a minimum of two years of management experience and one year of experience leading therapeutic recreational activities. Experience working with children/adolescents with emotional/behavioral disturbances in a residential treatment facility for children strongly preferred.
Training and Experience: 
  • In addition to education requirements, employee must demonstrate, through prior work experience, competency in consistently exercising professional judgment and discretion in the execution and implementation of milieu management techniques and methodologies.
  • Minimum of one year experience in a child or adolescent treatment program and/or past experience of at least 6 months as a Direct Care Staff at Alice C. Tyler Village and demonstrated competency and skill in the implementation of the Milieu Treatment Program preferred. 
  • Must have successfully completed all of the Alice C. Tyler Village new hire orientation and training requirements. 
  • Must be current on all mandatory annual retraining and in-services.
  • Must participate in a minimum of 15 hours annually of in-service training applicable to specific job duties and responsibilities.
  • Must possess a current certificate for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
  • Must possess or willing to obtain a life guarding certification.
  • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (CTRS) strongly preferred.
Knowledge Required:
  • Must demonstrate understanding of and ability to, apply and implement recreational modalities.  Knowledge and experience in outdoor education/recreation desired.  Effective organizational and management skills required.
  • An Activities Manager must demonstrate strong leadership skills and have a working knowledge of milieu management strategies within the Village.

Must have ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift and grasp.  Must be able to engage in outdoor and indoor physical activities with the residents and staff.  Possesses the ability to express and exchange ideas via spoken word during activities in which they must convey detail or important spoken instructions to others accurately, sometimes quickly and loudly.  Hearing to perceive the nature of sounds with no less than 40 db loss @ Hz, 1000 Hz, and 2000 Hz with or without correction; ability to perceive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound.  Perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands and fingers.  Be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and to be able to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.  Work requires a minimum standard of visual acuity with or without correction that will enable people in the role to complete administrative and clerical tasks and visually observe residents in therapeutic activities.
  • Must be able to pursue, on foot, residents who attempt to elope (run) from the facility. This would involve running and catching them.
  • Must be able to escort a physically resistive resident to a safe area when required. This involves, with the assistance of a second staff member, physically walking a resident that may be resisting by kicking, pushing, wrestling, etc. to avoid walking and/or trying to break free.
  • Must be able and willing to place a child into a therapeutic hold when a resident becomes a danger to themselves or others.  
  • Staff must possess the adequate strength and flexibility to initiate a therapeutic hold for a brief or an extended period of time.
  • Job duties include requirement to actively participate in all physical activities with the residents to ensure proper supervision and role modeling.
  • Job duties include attending off campus activities, including outings that tend to be physical in nature, i.e. hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, etc.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the Alice C. Tyler Village Treatment program as outlined and to ensure institutional integrity in its use by staff and residents within the cottage assigned.
  • Monitors and participates in recreation activities by being appropriately dressed at all times and actively participating with residents in physical and recreational groups and activities on a daily basis.
  • Exercises sound judgment and ingenuity in planning programs that include a diversity of activities, and the ongoing initiation of new projects and ideas.
  • Oversees the appropriate use of all recreational facilities, to include, gym, pool, and activity rooms.  Understands the Village’s de-escalation techniques and methodologies as well as the implementation of any special treatment procedures per established policies and procedures.
  • Participates in the monthly multi-disciplinary case reviews for residents, provides clinical information and contributes to the formulation and updating process of the master treatment plan of the residents. 
  • Maintains a safe therapeutic environment through the enforcement/encouragement of unit cleanliness and positive hygiene practices, vigilant supervision of contraband and other safety hazards, use of programmatic tools and monitors, and proper application of restrictions/precautions protocols.
  • Ensures that the activities program is responsive to all residents’ developmental, recreational, and leisure needs.
  • Communicates effectively with other staff via shift logs, team meetings and formal and informal staffing's.  All written communication must be legible, with correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation used at all times.  Written communication must also be completed in a timely manner.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned to meet the needs of the program. 
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