Copper Hills Youth Center is a 197-bed private residential treatment center for adolescents 12-17 years of age. We counsel, teach and mentor children placed in our care and give each child a chance to make successful changes. We strive to improve lives and help children help themselves. At Copper Hills, we treat boys and girls who have emotional, behavioral and psychiatric disorders, including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. We also specialize in caring for patients with Asperger's syndrome. For youth with co-existing substance abuse problems, we offer weekly individualized therapy that focuses on education, recovery and abstinence. Our accredited private school allows students to continue their education while receiving treatment.
General Purpose of Job
Plan, organize and leads the recreational therapy program for all units.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
___ 1. Promotes the physical appearance of the unit through decorations, RT monthly calendar and displays of patient activities.
___2. Assists in the inventory and ordering of appropriate recreation therapy supplies.
___3. Works in team with administrative or other professional personnel such as those engaged in medicine, social work, nursing, psychology and therapy to ensure that recreation is well balanced, coordinated, and integrated with special services.
___4. Attends and participates in treatment team meetings and selected therapeutic groups when the program schedule permits.
___5. Establishes liaison and good relationships with all community agencies providing recreation therapy.
___6. Maintains cleanliness and organization of supplies and areas when conducting recreation activities.
___7. Attends continuing education classes, seminars, workshops and in-services pertinent to professional growth.
___8. Provides appropriate crisis intervention as necessary by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques to diffuse the situation, correctly prioritizing safety concerns, following proper restraint technique guidelines and displaying neutral emotions.
___9. Uses appropriate counseling skills by de-escalating aggression, using active listening skills, using appropriate tone and volume of voice, providing a high frequency and variety of positive reinforcements maintaining appropriate boundaries and promoting a positive peer culture.
___10 Consistently meets facility and regulatory training guidelines by attending all mandatory meetings and staff training sessions as required.
___11 Plans and facilitates RT psycho-educational and challenge course groups weekly to assigned unit(s), including completion of group notes.
___12. Plans and facilitates community integration outings, adventure outings and service outings to assigned unit(s), including all required paperwork.
___13. Supervises animal assisted therapy visits on assigned unit and maintains open and active communication with animal therapy team.
___14. Assures cleanliness and orderliness of the assigned work area/unit and proactively assists in all security maintenance and safety functions as required for the overall facility.
___15 Demonstrates knowledge of resident diagnosis by planning interventions that compliment their current level of functioning and area of needs while promoting age and developmental growth.
___16 Organize plan and supervise special events on holidays or during school breaks.
___17 Checks equipment and space to look for hazards. Awareness of patients needs and profiles to plan safe activities.
___18 Fulfills special requests made of R.T. by others such as acquire equipment or art supplies for them. Orders food from Dietary in a timely manner.
___19 Documents RT groups notes, monthly treatment updates, and discharge notes on all assigned patients in a timely manner with content related to the Master Treatment Plan.
___20. Ability to assess residents treatment needs, assign congruent goals and objectives and develop an individualized recreation therapy treatment plan.