JOB POSTING: Recreation Therapist, Western State Hospital, Lakewood, WA

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Great opportunities exist for Recreation Therapists at Western State Hospital.

Western’s Recreation Therapists have a unique work experience because of the diversity of our patients and the ability to build long term therapeutic relationships. In this role, you will have daily opportunities to expand your knowledge, skills, and leadership capacity while making a real difference to the people receiving care and treatment. Recreation services provided will also include 1:1 engagement, active treatment groups and special events and activities.  Recreation Therapists provide therapeutic recreation services to patients with severe mental illness and neuro-cognitive diagnosis. You will serve as an active member of the interdisciplinary team, conducting assessments, developing plans, and implementing recreational alternatives.

Join us in Transforming Lives!

$43,116.00 – $56,568.00 Annually


Pierce County – Lakewood, WA

Job Type

Various Job Types


Dept. of Social and Health Services

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Some of what you’ll do

  • Provide therapeutic recreational services to patients with severe mental health illness both on the ward and the Recovery Center
  • Interview patients, develop, and document individualized assessments and treatment plans
  • Assess, plan, implement and conduct need-based recreational therapy to contribute towards treatment groups and individual therapy
  • Provide consultation and recommendations to a multidisciplinary treatment team regarding patient’s recreational therapy needs to improve their quality of life

What we’re looking for

  • Strong leadership skills to lead groups of people with severe mental health issue
  • Professional and able to walk, sit and hike
  • Enjoy working independently and in a group

Who should apply

Interested we want to hear from you!

Questions call Surie Hughes 360-972-6206 or email and reference #03595.


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