Recreational Therapist

Rochester, NY


The Activities Therapist in the Adult Acute Inpatient Services is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and provides direct clinical services to patients 18 years of age and older. The Activities Therapist provides evidence-based programming following Recreation or Music Therapy standardizations. These approaches are strength-based and patient- centered for the purpose of crisis intervention, skill-building, and stabilization. The Activities Therapist facilitates therapeutic groups or individual sessions, which are customized to meet the needs of the patient, while ensuring a safe space to explore creative ways of managing symptoms, while building healthy coping skills, and increasing socialization through music, art, writing, journaling, mindfulness, relaxation, physical outlets, and education.


  • Plans, organizes, facilitates daily therapeutic groups and activities, focusing on individual needs/strengths of the patients. Utilizes evidence-based, therapeutic modalities in art, music, leisure education, creative writing and journaling, while incorporating skills from various therapies, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive therapy.

  • Observes, assesses and manages patient’s behaviors and interactions with peers and staff, while facilitating groups or 1:1’interventions. Provides therapeutic interventions as needed. Utilizes CPI methods when managing challenging behaviors.

  • Conducts and documents initial interview/assessment of newly admitted patients to determine readiness/appropriateness for participation in groups or individual sessions. Documents each patient’s weekly treatment goals, interventions, daily progress in groups/individual sessions, and level of participation.

  • Communicates effectively by attending daily morning/evening report. Attends treatment planning, as scheduling permits. Attends monthly team meetings, and participates in Unit Council as needed. Communicates effectively with staff regarding any behavioral issues observed in groups/1:1’s. May also participate in sub-committees or be a designated Unit-Champion.

  • Responsible for maintaining equipment & supplies. Inventories assigned unit group/activity supplies and initiates ordering of supplies/equipment through approved vendors while staying within budget. May also need to shop locally when supplies are not available through vendors. Ensures the safety & cleanliness of all materials before using with patients.

  • Provides observation opportunities/guidance for interns, shadowing students, and prospective hires. Provide some of the orientation for new hires. May have to cover another unit during staffing shortages or extended leaves of absences. Keeps up to date with all MyPath mandatory trainings.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy or in Recreation with a concentration in Recreational Therapy required.

  • Master’s degree preferred.

  • Some experience in working with individuals or groups in a clinical setting with basic concepts of psychology and pathology preferred.

  • Completed relevant clinical education in comparable setting or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Some experience in working with individuals or groups in a clinical setting with basic concepts of psychology and pathology preferred.

  • Registry Credentials (NCTRC) or MT-BC. Undergraduate affiliate training and prior professional experience in a psychiatric setting.

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) preferred.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $22.12 - $29.86 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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