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Recreation Therapist, Psychiatric Unit, St Joseph Hospital, Chicago

Date: Aug 30, 2019

Requisition ID: 66168

Ministry:  Presence St Joseph Hsp Chicago

Location: Presence St Joseph Chicago

Location Address:
2900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL  60657 United States (US)



Department: 20090165 Psychiatric Unit SJH 

Daily Hours: 8
Standard Hours: 20
Employment Status: Part-time 
Employment Type: Regular 
Shift: Day


Thank you for your interest in pursuing Behavioral Health opportunities with Amita Health.

Are you looking for a career that will give your life purpose?  Are you looking for a career choice that will affect peoples’ lives in a positive way?

If so, we have the right opportunity for you. Here with Amita’s Behavioral Health departments we give you an opportunity to have a rewarding career not just a job. Our goal is to help our associates grow their careers with our focus on development, a team orientated atmosphere and our goal to create a great place to work.  Here, you can make a difference by doing the work that you love while making a significant impact on people’s lives and the communities we serve.



The Recreation Therapist designs and utilizes recreational activities, sports, and interactions to meet the needs and interests of individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional impairments.



  1. Maintains department files and records.
  2. Organizes and conducts in-service training of other staff members, review their assessments and program goals and consult with them on selected cases.
  3. Supervises volunteers and codes involved in the Recreational Therapy Program. Trains student interns and aids in techniques of recreational therapy and assist in their supervision and evaluation.
  4. Assists patients with activity sign-up and ensures a doctor’s order is written for out of hospital activities.
  5. Orders supplies needed for activities, within budget parameters, and assists in the care and maintenance of department equipment and supplies.
  6. Makes arrangements for transportation.
  7. Makes arrangements for community re-entry out-trips. Contacts community resources to speak and/or entertain.
  8. Maintains established department/hospital policies, procedures, directives, performance improvement, safety, environmental and infection control standards appropriate to this position.
  9. Documents patients’ participations and progress in recreational therapy.
  10. Regulates and adjusts content of programs in accordance with patients’ capabilities, needs and interests.
  11. Evaluates assigned patients through interviews and observation.
  12. Plans, organizes and implements recreational activities and community re-entry out-trips to meet patients capabilities, needs and interests.


This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy required.


One years of experience as a Recreation Therapist preferred.


Computer Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office software (Word).


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Candidates must hold certification as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist CTRS.


Business Unit: Presence St Joseph Hsp Chicago

Job FunctionBehavioral Health 


EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Psychology, Recreation Therapy, Clinic, Behavioral Health, Therapy, Healthcare