JOB POSTING – Recreation Therapist 2 position at Western State Hospital


It won’t take you long to experience the rewarding feeling of improving the quality of life of our patients as a Recreational Therapist at Western State Hospital (WSH).  This opportunity presents a career move where you’ll enjoy an environment where you get to focus on patient care and be part of our dedicated team of mental health professionals.

Western’s Recreational Therapists have a unique work experience because of the diversity of our patients and the ability to build long term therapeutic relationships. What does that mean? You witness firsthand their journey from day one while directly contributing towards their recovery.

Aside from encouraging a great work/life balance, our team thrives on partnership, trust, and communication to foster a safe and collaborative approach to care. Big picture, we have each other’s back.

What you’ll do:

  • Conduct evidence based psychosocial education groups.
  • Document electronically patient active treatment progress notes and attendance.
  • Create and submit group descriptions.
  • Gathers materials, writes the addendum, and creates the syllabus for groups.
  • Evaluate patients using appropriate tools.
  • Completes the end of session Patient Performance Evaluation.
  • Attend and contributes to the Evaluation and Treatment Conference.
  • Actively participates in the discipline meetings, center and hospital rehab meetings, and assigned work groups and committees.
  • May provide clinical oversight and mentoring to Recreation Therapist In-Training staff, RT fieldwork interns, and volunteers.

We are looking for applicants who have:

  • A National Certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
  • Graduated  from an accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program
  • 18 months of professional Therapeutic recreation experience
  • Have or able to obtain a Washington State Department of Health registration as a Recreation Therapist

If you have questions about this exciting opportunity, please contact Lynette Ryder or 360-829-4956 referencing 01090.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.




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