JOB POSTING: DSHS WSH Recreation Therapist, Lakewood, WA

DSHS WSH Recreation Therapist

$3,593.00 – $4,714.00 Monthly
Pierce County – Lakewood, WA
Job Type
Full Time – Permanent
Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number
6/14/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
Recreation Therapist | Apply Today | We’re Hiring

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. Everyday will present opportunities to expand your knowledge, skills and leadership capacity, while making a real difference to the people receiving care and treatment.

Our Recreation Services interact in 1:1 engagement, active treatment groups and special events and activities.  Recreation Therapists provide therapeutic recreation services to patients with behavioral health issues 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

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Provide therapeutic recreational services to patients with behavioral health issues 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 behavioral health issue
  • Professional and able to walk, sit and hike
  • Enjoy working independently and in a group

Who should apply?

Questions? Email and reference #01876.


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 and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services 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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