MH-Recreation Therapist I
State of Mississippi - Mississippi

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This work involves planning, organizing, and directing a recreation and entertainment program. Incumbents direct and participate in recreational activities for residents at Department of Mental Health facilities or Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services juvenile training school; instruct in fundamentals and rules of competitive sports; demonstrate by example techniques of activity; and plan programs for the rehabilitation or restoration of the mentally and physically ill or juvenile residents. The work also includes rendering first aid to injured persons, such as giving artificial respiration, cleaning and bandaging wounds, and applying heat and cold to promote healing. The work allows for a wide latitude of individual initiative and program planning. However, it must be coordinated with other programs and services. Supervision is exercised over helpers, attendants, and volunteer workers.

Examples of Work:
Examples of work performed in this classification include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plans and directs a program of therapeutic recreational activities for patients and residents.

Plans and directs the activities of patients or residents in a special phase of recreational or group activity.

Secures or directs selection of musical instruments; organizes and conducts instrumental music groups; and directs musical specialty acts for patients or residents of the institution or juvenile training school.

Selects necessary material, equipment, scenery, and/or costumes for entertainment programs.

Instructs and supervises games and athletic events; organizes and supervises indoor games, dances, and parties.

Requisitions and supervises maintenance and care of recreational equipment.

Supervises recreational building activities.

Supervises volunteer workers, attendants, or helpers.

Makes careful observations of patients and juvenile residents and their reactions while participating in recreational activities.

Assists in analyzing current programs and makes decisions relative to future programs.

Performs related or similar duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
These minimum qualifications have been agreed upon by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in this job class and are based upon a job analysis and the essential functions. However, if a candidate believes he/she is qualified for the job although he/she does not have the minimum qualifications set forth below, he/she may request special consideration through substitution of related education and experience, demonstrating the ability to perform the essential functions of the position. Any request to substitute related education or experience for minimum qualifications must be addressed to the State Personnel Board in writing , identifying the related education and experience which demonstrates the candidates ability to perform all essential functions of the position.

Bachelor's Degree from a four (4) year accredited college or university in general recreation, therapeutic recreation, physical education, music, or art.

Essential Functions:
Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring agency. The essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Plans, directs, and implements divisional and/or therapeutic recreational activities.

2. Compiles client assessments and reports as well as documents all recreational/therapeutic progress for program re-evaluations.

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