Position Summary: This position supports the mission of The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza of optimizing the quality of life of all those served by expanding beyond the traditional focus on medical needs to the needs of the whole person that may ultimately lead to a higher quality of life through increased physical health, emotional well-being and greater connection to social aspects outside the hospital setting. Using leisure as a treatment modality, patients utilize functional interventions such as leisure education and recreation participation to further develop, maintain and express an appropriate leisure lifestyle. Therapeutic Recreation Specialists help the patient set goals for progress during hospitalization, plan and implement structured group programming and evaluate patient progress in meeting those goals prior to discharge using interventions such as creative expression, stress management and mindfulness techniques and clarifying patient's leisure needs at home for continued exploration after hospitalization.
The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza expects our core values to be reflected in the way every employee interacts with co-workers, patients and family members, and with others in the community. The intent of these values is to assure that TMCA/CMP creates the environment where individuals choose to work, and that patient care services are of the highest quality.
Education: Bachelor's Degree from Accredited CTRS Program. Master's Degree preferred
Experience: 2-4 years in an Acute Care setting. Mental Health care experience preferred Special Qualifications: Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and able to work with a highly diverse population. Must be knowledgeable of ADAD and JCAHO standards. Must have ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and work in high stress environment. Must be able to apply critical thinking and formulate diagnostic impressions based upon review of systems, history, symptoms and current presentation. Degree of supervision required: Involves general guidance and direction by the Clinical Program Manager and Director of Behavioral Health Services. Employee will be expected to perform most job duties independently and in accordance with established departmental and hospital policies and procedures.
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