Job Announcement – Recreational Therapist, Skagit Regional Health, Mount Vernon, WA

Recreational Therapist-  Skagit Regional Health, Mount Vernon, WA 


Job Summary:

Develops and coordinates recreational therapy segments of treatment program in coordination with program staff. Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of treatment goals and objectives for assigned patients. Involved in psycho-educational groups. Along with other members of the treatment team, participates in assessment and treatment of Care Center patients.



Bachelor’s degree in Recreational from accredited university CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) required. Master’s preferred. Must possess expertise in regard to the delivery of psychiatric services in an acute setting.



One (1) year of experience working with psychiatric patients in an inpatient setting required.


Other Minimum Qualifications:

Able to work equally well with individuals, families and groups. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Must have exceptional interpersonal skills.


License/ Certifications:

Current AHA (American Heart Association) CPR certification required.

Current Recreational Therapist Certification required (CTRS).


Essential Functions:

Responsible for completing a recreational assessment of all unit patients, to include the patient’s current level of functioning, skills, talents, aptitudes and interests.

Develops and implements treatment plans, which identify and prioritize the patient’s needs. Establishes short and long term treatment objectives and intervention strategies. Monitors patient progress towards treatment goals.

Participates in weekly clinical staffing conferences for the purpose of planning and implementing clinically sound treatment objectives and procedures. Attends staff meetings prepared with suggestions for possible interventions and assessment of patient problems.

Responsible for developing and organizing recreational activities for patients on the unit. These activities may occur either within the unit or off hospital grounds.

Documents interactions.

Maintains expertise and knowledge of the unit, deescalation/crisis response system which includes proper phone technique, crisis intervention skills, application of restrains and recording of information for statistical purposes.

Provides supervision to Mental Health Assistant.

Leader for Milieu therapy, including direct supervision of BHT on a daily basis.

Resource finding for outpatient resource documents accordingly.

Instructs CPI de-escalation training.

Leads/Co-leads morning huddle.

Follows all SRH policies and procedures.

Performs other duties as assigned by Manager.



Shelly S. Scarboro, RN, BSN, BC

Clinical Manager

SRH Mental Health Center

(360) 428-2361


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