JOB POSTING – Recreation Therapist, Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake, WA

DSHS Recreation Therapist

What you’ll do:

  • Provide therapeutic recreation services utilizing assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation (APIE) processes in our Forensic Service Unit.
  • Communicate and advocate in applying Therapeutic Recreation services for meeting patient needs
  • Strengthen and support the different therapy roles by assisting with daily tasks and providing coverage.
  • Provide consultation and recommendations to a multidisciplinary treatment team regarding patient’s needs to improve their quality of life.

To be successful, you’ll need: 

  • Understanding of the different requirements/roles of Recreation Therapists in an inpatient setting.
  • Advocate for Therapeutic Recreation and the benefits it provides.
  • Be skillful in group facilitation, developing therapeutic relationship, and assessing patient functioning and need.
  • Strength in communicating with the different disciplines of a treatment team and hospital staff.
  • Skilled in managing self in a compassionate, professional, organized, time sensitive, flexible manner with willingness to learn on the job.

We are looking for a professional who has:

  •  A National Certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or have a date established to take the required exam to be certified.
  • Graduated  from an accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program.
  • Clinical Experience in Therapeutic Recreation.
  • Experience working with the psychiatric population.
  • Washington State Department of Health registration as a Recreation Therapist or ability to obtain prior to hire.


We offer a competitive compensation package of a base salary up to $52,788 annually plus outstanding benefits.

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Lindsey Dicus or 360-890-5962

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