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University of Rochester Activities Therapist - 232047 in Rochester, New York

Activities Therapist Job ID 232047

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time TAR Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Time as Reported Grade 050 Psychiatry SMH Activities Ther


Position Summary:

Division: SMH Department: Psychiatry

Unit: Division of Activities Therapy Assigned unit: Adult inpatient acute services Supervisor: Director of Activities Therapy

The TAR Activities Therapist in the Adult Acute Services is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and provides direct clinical services to adult patients. In collaboration with other team members, the Activities Therapist provides programming for the purpose of crisis intervention and stabilization that is pleasurable, goal directed, recreational, educational and creative.

Subscribes to the Department’s goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patients/families, trainees, research subjects and co-workers in a sensitive and caring manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. Participates in available cultural competence events and trainings.

Specific Responsibilities -Essential Duties:

  • Clinical 95%

  • Conducts initial interviews of newly admitted patients.

  • Completes the Initial Assessment.

  • Plans and organizes for the Activities Therapy Program.

  • Leads a variety of Activities Therapy Groups that help the patient with the stabilization process. Modalities utilized include art, music, recreation, and psycho-education and meet the social, cultural, and health maintenance needs of the patients. Observes patient behavior.

  • Provides communication to clinical staff verbally and thru documentation.

  • Supervises the movement of patients to and from activities areas in accordance with defined hospital policy, and patient restrictions and privileges.

  • Documents patient behavior and progress daily in the e-record. Completes other documentation as indicated.

  • Fills in for Activities Therapy Staff absences, floating to units as needed.

  • Non- Clinical 5%

  • Participates in hospital in service training and attends and reports on professional conferences and meetings outside of SMH.

  • Is responsible for the maintenance of equipment and supplies. Assists in planning for equipment and supplies.

  • Participates in instruction and evaluating affiliate trainees; serves as training therapist and provides supervision for new staff.

  • May aid in various research projects as required.

Performs other duties as required.


Work schedule includes weekend, holiday, and/or evening hour assignments.


Bachelor’s degree, with a major suitable to a therapy area in the Division of Activities.

Experience: Some experience in working with individuals or groups in a clinical setting where basic concepts of psychology and pathology, demonstrated ability to use these, as required.


Registry credentials, undergraduate affiliate training and prior professional experience in activities therapy are desirable.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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