Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) - Full Time
SSM Physical Therapy - Florissant, MO

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SSM Rehabilitation Hospital in Bridgeton is looking for a Full Time Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist!!

As the leading provider of comprehensive rehabilitation services in the St. Louis area, SSM Rehabilitation Hospital delivers the specialized care and advanced treatment that enables individuals with stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, amputation, joint replacement and other orthopedic trauma, and general medical rehabilitation needs, to rebuild their lives.

SSM Rehabilitation Hospital's Day Institute Program offers a specialized, outpatient rehabilitation program in a flexible full-day format for individuals who can benefit from a comprehensive approach to recovery, but don't necessarily need rehabilitation in the acute hospital setting.

Plans and implements appropriate recreation activities for patients in accordance with guidelines set by the organization, hospital and the profession. Responsible for provision of therapeutic recreation intervention for an assigned caseload. Ensures all patients are oriented to recreation therapy and provides hospital wide leisure, social and divergent programs. Serves as an educator to patients on community resources.

32 hours / week, variable daily but hours would be between 8am – 4:30pm M thru F.

Baccalaureate Degree in Therapeutic Recreation required.

Current national certification from NCTRC as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or eligible to take exam required.


Orients all new admissions to the therapeutic recreational services, activities and programs.

Provides information in both written and verbal formats with respect to leisure activities, daily schedule, community resources, and safety.

Identifies and evaluates patient recreational needs and develops therapeutic programs to meet patient needs in accordance with medical restrictions, patient interests and abilities.

Carries full patient caseload, ensuring management of patient schedule. Notifies supervisor of scheduled openings and concerns with caseload management.

Works with patients to promote and develop new skills and interests and to adapt old interests.

Is effectively able to assess the usefulness of therapeutic techniques and practices and modify or adapt accordingly.

Provides therapeutic and innovative activities to insure positive patient outcomes.

Plans special events for the patients and encourages patients’ participation. Allows for continuity of patient services and seamless preparation for discharge by becoming involved in the discharge process for each patient as needed and as time permits.

Involvement may include increase awareness and accessibility of community resources including recreation.

Demonstrates flexibility in schedule to accommodate patient requests and interests.

Communicates schedule to supervisor, patient and hospital personnel Completes medical record documentation in a clear, concise, accurate and timely manner.

Demonstrates team building and active participation in departmental and hospital functions in order to promote an efficient and positive work environment.

Participates in student and volunteer programs as assigned and appropriate, providing a positive learning environment for students with appropriate supervision, development of learning objectives and completion of student evaluations.

Identifies and initiates own professional growth, actively pursuing professional development through continuing education, self study and involvement in professional activities and organizations.

Participates in a minimum of one continuing education offering relevant to the strategic objectives of the organization and the professional development plan discussed with the manager.

Maintains communication with supervisor related to service needs such as necessary supplies, equipment and clinical training in order to effectively complete assigned duties.

Adheres to State Practice Act and other regulatory agencies.

Performs in an ethical manner in accordance with professional code of conduct.

Performs other duties as requested


Baccalaureate Degree in Therapeutic Recreation required. Current national certification from NCTRC as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or eligible to take exam required.