SENIOR THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALISTS develop and administer therapeutic recreation programs and activities for developmentally disabled, emotionally impaired and/or special needs clients assigned to residential or outpatient care facilities; super
RECREATION SPECIALIST,THERAPEUTIC, SENIOR CLASS PURPOSE To develop and administer therapeutic recreation programs and activities for developmentally disabled, emotionally impaired and/or special needs clients assigned to residential or outpatient care facilities; supervise staff providing therapeutic recreation services to clients; perform related work. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Program administration. Typical responsibilities: develops and implements program goals and procedures; recommends budget and staffing needs; evaluates program to ensure compliance with standards and requirements; hires, trains, and evaluates staff; serves as team leader in developing and assessing treatment plans; integrates and coordinates program activities with other service providers; instructs others in recreational therapy; trains staff in implementation of recreational therapy programs; oversees and assists staff and volunteers in planning and conducting recreational outings; presents information on recreational therapy programs to interested groups. 2. Evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Typical responsibilities: administers appropriate assessment instruments to assess clients' recreation and activity skills; consults with other professionals regarding clients' physical disabilities; obtains client medical/social/educational histories; analyzes and interprets assessment results; determines long- and short-term treatment goals and plans; evaluates various therapeutic recreation procedures; conducts individual and group programs to meet established goals; evaluates clients' progress and adjusts treatment plans; refers clients to appropriate community resources; obtains materials and equipment to facilitate treatment goals; documents treatment and prepares reports. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Good knowledge of: therapeutic recreation theory, practices and methods and relationship to the overall treatment process; recreation activities and equipment and their suitability for handicapped/special needs clients; human growth and development patterns. Some knowledge of: supervisory practices. Experience: assessing clients' recreation and activity skills; planning, developing, and implementing therapeutic recreation programs for developmentally disabled, emotionally impaired, and/or special needs clients.
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