Recreation Therapist
New York State Office of Mental Health - Queens Village, NY

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Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list;

OR

Transfer Opportunity: Permanent New York State employee eligible for lateral transfer; or in a comparable title and eligible for Section 70.1 transfer.

OR

For Temporary Appointment : Recreation Therapist is a continuous recruitment examination. Candidates who are not on the eligible list may apply for this position and if appointed, will receive a temporary appointment. To apply for the continuous recruitment examination, candidates must either submit a New York State Application to the Department of Civil Service or apply online
for scoring and inclusion on the eligible list. Candidates appointed temporary must receive a score that is reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. Candidates who are found not qualified or who do not receive a reachable score may not be retained.

Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation;

OR

a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Physical Education or Adaptive Physical Education AND one year of experience in planning and administering a therapeutic recreation program 1 which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic recreational activities for geriatric patients/residents; individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals with psychiatric disabilities; individuals that are physically challenged or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency;

OR

current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

1 A therapeutic recreation program is defined as a professional service that assists people with disabilities and other limitations to have a leisure life-style that encompasses functional independence, health and well-being through treatment, education and participation. Therapeutic recreation is practiced in clinical, community and residential treatment settings.

DUTIES:
As a Recreation Therapist, you would plan and conduct activities for client/patient groups, working individually or as a member of a treatment team or treatment program. You would analyze and report behavioral patterns to a team leader or other supervisor, verbally or in medical records. As a treatment team member, you would participate in team meetings, recreation/leisure assessment and evaluation. In addition, you may be required to requisition, store and maintain equipment and supplies. The goal of the program is to bring about positive change in a client's/patient's mental, physical and/or social behavior.

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