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State of Massachusetts Recreational Therapist I in Westfield, Massachusetts

Western MA Hospital (WMH), operated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), is seeking a dynamic individual to develop individual therapeutic goals and objectives for patients according to established policies and procedures. The selected candidate will be responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate Recreation Therapy programs for individual patients. WMH, as a public health care facility, collaborates with the community to identify deficiencies and gaps in health care services while expanding and changing programs, services, and campus to respond to changing needs in the community. The primary responsibility is to provide care and services designed to enable patients to reach and maintain their highest physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being. /Please note://This position is 10:00am-6:30pm and will be expected to work every other weekend, holidays and flexible hours to meet program needs./ /_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/ * Plans, implements, and facilitates various individual and group recreational activities; assists with community trips, special events such as the Patient/Family Picnic and holiday parties. * Provides clinical training and direction to the recreation assistants. * Partners with hospital staff to discuss program activities, resolve problems ensuring departmental continuity; alerts clinical/staff to any special problems or issues that may affect treatment. * Provides leisure education designed to help patients acquire the knowledge and skills needed for independence and social involvement. * Remains knowledgeable of various technologies used to facilitate recreational activities (e.g. internet connected devices, audio visual equipment, smart TVs, etc.) * Serves as a representative of the Recreation Department at various meetings, including interdisciplinary team meetings. * Completes casework of recreational documentation (assessments, progress notes etc.) to develop, implement and modify as needed, appropriate long and short-term treatment programs, plans of care and develops individual patient therapeutic goals and objectives. * Orders and maintains recreational supplies and equipment to assure their availability and safety for patient use. * Attends professional meetings, seminars, and conferences to maintain a comprehensive and current knowledge of recreation therapy. /_Required Qualifications_//:/ * Knowledge of principles, theory, practice, and terminology of Therapeutic Recreation. * Ability to maintain accurate records and document concisely to develop ideas in logical sequence. * Capacity to work effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team. * Talent for establishing rapport and maintain harmonious working relationships with persons from varied ethnic, cultural and/or economic backgrounds. * Skilled in exercising discretion in handling confidential information. * Ability to work with special populations. * Ability to drive state vehicle/bus in a safe manner. /_Preferred Qualifications_//:/ * Skilled in exercising a high degree of initiative, judgement, discretion, and decision making to achieve objectives. * Thoroughness, independence, and excellent written and oral communication skills. * CTRS certification (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) * One-year experience in a health care facility desirable. /_About Western MA Hospital:_/ The Western Massachusetts Hospital is the only public hospital operating in the western region of Massachusetts with a mission to serve as a medical safety net for many uninsured and under-insured residents in the region. Western Massachusetts Hospital provides both acute and chronic hospital care to patients with a variety of chronic diseases and complicated medical conditions, such as: * Cardiac and pulmonary disease * Chronic neurological disorders * Complications of strokes * Dementia with major behavioral issues * End stage terminal illnesses of various diagnoses /Consider joining our dynamic team of health care professionals in a work environment that provides high staff to patient ratio and delivers high quality care to all patients on all units. Enjoy the opportunity to provide quality services in a long-term care setting where familiar faces are the norm rather than the exception. / /Learn more:/ /_Total Compensation:_/ As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program /_Pre-Hire Process:_/ A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in planning, organizing, instituting or conducting therapeutic recreation services in a recognized public or private agency, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience in the substitution below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in recreation, recreation education, creative arts therapy or therapeutic recreation may be substituted for the required experience.* Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License. *Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Medical Services* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Recreational Therapist I Location: Massachusetts-Westfield-91 East Mountain Rd Requisition ID: 21000AHM