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Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | CA 5AB ET-IP Pysch
Category: Behavioral Health
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 687156
Date Posted: 7/21/2022
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

This position plans, coordinates and supervises therapeutic activities of recreation programs to meet the emotional, social and physical health of pediatric patients and their families consistent with established treatment objectives.

PCH Values

  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties

  1. Education and Supervision Duties
    • Provides ongoing education to further skills, knowledge, and competency for Behavioral Health Technicians in planning and facilitating therapeutic group intervention skills
    • Provides annual leadership competency evaluation for Behavioral Health Technicians
    • Responsible to interview, train, supervise, and evaluate volunteer candidates
    • Develops, supervises, and evaluates TR internship program and TR interns
    • Obtains necessary continuing education to maintain national certification
    • Ensures completion of BLS, First Aid, Fingerprint clearance, and any other mandatory requirement on or before the due date
  2. Assessment and Implementation of TR Services
    • Possess the essential knowledge of the cultural and diagnostic groups served to include symptomatology and prognosis
    • Observes patient behavior to assess the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, leisure, and lifestyle functioning
    • Identifies and reports pertinent psychological and medical data to the physician and/or nursing staff
    • Establishes and maintains a therapeutic relationship with patients and their guardians
    • Creates and maintains a safe and therapeutic environment
  3. Provision of Therapeutic Recreation and Behavior Management Interventions
    • Plans, prepares, and implements age appropriate daily individualized and group therapeutic recreation activities designed to meet special needs of patients, increase leisure awareness, and enhance development of social skills, self esteem, and recreational skills while promoting independence, success, knowledge, and abilities
    • Continually evaluates the appropriateness of the activity schedule
    • Develops and implements appropriate community re-entry programs
    • Creates community networks to promote therapeutic recreation programs to improve awareness of leisure opportunities
    • Responds to crisis situations appropriately, effectively, and calmly to ensure ongoing safety of patients and others
    • Sets clearly defined limits and utilizes effective interventions
  4. Documentation
    • Records progress, functioning, intervention outcomes, and recommendations in the appropriate charting format
    • Documents unusual occurrences, accidents and incidents in the appropriate reporting format
  5. Teamwork
    • Participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team to develop and employ a total patient care program by consistently attending and contributing to multi-disciplinary staffing and team meetings
    • Influences coworkers in a positive direction
    • Participates in cooperative efforts by contributing to discussions, listening to others' ideas, and supporting group concensus
    • Accepts any challenges within the hospital and/or unit as a shared responsibility
    • Respects differing viewpoints even when in conflict with their own
  6. Supply Inventory
    • Ensures sufficient recreational and unit supplies by maintaining supply inventories, submitting purchase requests in a timely fashion, identifying malfunctions and initiating corrective action as appropriate
    • Ensures program van is in good repair, has sufficient fuel, and is up to date with maintenance and registrations.
    • Demonstrates cost-effective utilization of equipment and supplies and identifies new options to promote efficiency.
  7. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Bachelors degree in Recreation Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. One year behavioral health experience Preferred
2. Pediatric experience Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Required
2. Current BLS Certification for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association Required
3. Current fingerprint clearance card or the application for a fingerprint clearance card within 7 days of employment Required
4. Current crisis prevention intervention certification or ability to obtain within the first 30 days of employment Required
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Minimum age of twenty-one Required
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Climbing Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) Occasionally
3. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
5. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Occasionally
6. Physical Requirement - Reaching Occasionally
7. Physical Requirement - Sitting Constantly
8. Physical Requirement - Standing Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Frequently
10. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling Occasionally
12. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
14. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
15. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination Constantly
16. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
17. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Constantly
18. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance Frequently
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Outdoor weather conditions Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Extreme temperatures Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Confined areas Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid Applicable
25. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure Applicable
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