Shodair Children's Hospital Recreation Therapist, CTRS - Full-time, Exempt, 40 hrs/week in Helena, Montana

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Recreation Therapist, CTRS - Full-time, Exempt, 40 hrs/week

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Helena, MT

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Yellowstone Program is a residential care unit for younger adolescents ages 11 to 13. The average length of stay is approximately 2 to 4 months. The Yellowstone Program provides longer term care for younger adolescents.

Starting Salary Range: $42,515 to $54,204 annually

POSITION TITLE: Recreational Therapist, CTRS

DEPARTMENT: Unit Program

SUPERVISED BY: Program Director

SUPERVISES: Activities Assistant/MHT


Plans, organizes, and directs medically approved recreation therapy programming for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.


  • Completes an assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation process for each patient with documentation.

  • Reviews completed payroll runs for accuracy.

  • Develops patient goals/objectives and tracks progress.

  • Attends interdisciplinary rounds and other meetings to report on patient progress and concerns.

  • Directs and organizes active treatment offered in a group setting that based on the specific needs of the patient by developing creative and instructive groups that are focused on: creative arts, cognitive stimulation, social skills, leisure education, coping skills, symptom management, teambuilding, adventure therapy, stress management, exercise/physical fitness, community re-integration, and problem solving.


  • Regular, predictable and reliable attendance at work.

  • Maintaining a pleasant demeanor with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and others with whom in contact.

  • Ability to follow instructions.

  • Ability to physically handle violent and out of control patients.

  • Ability to work any shift and any schedule.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, and others.

  • Ability to handle stress.

  • Ability to learn concepts of child development and apply that knowledge by implementing appropriate interventions.

  • Ability to work in a team.

  • Ability to maintain, organize and inventory recreational equipment.

  • Ability to perform recreation therapy assessments, treatment plans and interventions, progress notes and special recreation therapy and performance improvement assignments as delegated.

  • Ability to participate in physical activities such as running, lifting, swimming and general play with patients.


Certification in Recreational Therapy through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC). Lifeguard/first aid certification preferred.