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Minimum Qualifications Transfer Qualifications: Any Current Recreation Therapist
Anyone eligible for a 70.1 transfer.
Promotional Opportunities: Anyone currently reachable on the Civil Service list.
Provisional Appointment: In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who
meet the qualifications below may be qualified for a provisional
Minimum Qualifications: On or before the date of the examination, you must have:
Either 1. a bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation;
Or 2. a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Physical Education or Adaptive Physical Education AND one year of experience in planning and administering a therapeutic recreation program* which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic recreational activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals that are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for chemical dependency;
Or 3. current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by the National Council For Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), 7 Elmwood Drive, New City, NY 10956. For further information you may contact them at (845) 639-1439 or at www.NCTRC.org
Or 4. current licensure by NYS as a Creative Arts Therapist. For information about licensure, visit www.op.nysed.gov or call (518) 474-3817.
* A therapeutic recreation program is defined as a professional service that assists people with disabilities and other limitations to have a leisure life-style that encompasses functional independence, health and well-being through treatment, education and participation. Therapeutic recreation is practiced in clinical, community and residential treatment settings.
Duties Description PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of the Treatment Team Leader, the incumbent will be responsible for:
• Providing recreation and leisure activities, as well as direct treatment services.
• The Recreation Therapist will coordinate and facilitate participation in the Special Olympics.
• The incumbent will be a consultant in their specialty for treatment programming and evaluation.
• Will train and supervise subordinate professional and paraprofessional staff in recreational and inclusionary activities.
• The Recreation Therapist will be required to develop and coordinate inclusion logs for individuals and coordinate and oversee documentation of the inclusion activities for all individuals in the home as per IRA regulations.
• In accordance with residential habilitation plans and people's interests and needs, the therapist conducts activities, reviews and evaluates program effectiveness and recommends changes or specialized activities as required.
• Oversees direct care staff in providing recreational opportunities by providing training on various techniques and valued outcomes of recreation programs and by direct participation in service delivery.
• Prepares annual assessments, interest surveys, and reviews paperwork. Attend and participate in annual ISP, 6 month reviews and special meetings as full member of interdisciplinary team.
• Seek and explore new activities and events in the community to provide inclusion. Maintain existing connections and consistently seek new connections networking in the local communities.
• Provide oversight to other counties as needed.
• Complete recreation assessments as required per IRA regulations.
• Develop weekly/monthly recreation schedules.
Additional Comments APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit cover letter and résumé by October 17, 2018 to:
2445 State Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Phone: (518) 359-4150
Fax: (518) 359-4161
Please reference the above EOA # 18-137 in all correspondence.
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