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Recreational Therapist - Behavioral Health

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Institute of Living


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Work where every moment matters.

Every day, over 30,000 Hartford HealthCare colleagues come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here.  We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network. 
The Institute of Living, one of the first mental health centers in the U.S., remains one of America’s leading not-for-profit centers for patient care, research and education in the fields of behavioral, psychiatric and addiction disorder. Through our dedicated, experienced and skilled clinicians, we provide patients and their families with the highest quality of personalized care. Programs are offered for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness as well as offering services specializing in Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Geriatric Services.

Job Summary

Responsible for providing evaluation and treatment upon physician referral to a patient population consisting of varying diagnosis. Assess, identify and treat all areas of deficits impacting leisure, social interaction skills, community resources and community re-entry. Provides instruction and education to the patient/caregiver to promote the safe execution of the facilitator techniques taught.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Plans, organizes and coordinates recreation activities, functional leisure skills, and leisure education. Interviews the person served to assess capabilities/interests/barriers. Monitor progress and recommends changes modifications to program as required.
  2. Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient.
  3. Engage and instruct patients in therapeutic activities, such as games, sports, crafts, music, and group activities.
  4. Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
  5. Consult with physicians and other members of the rehabilitation team regarding therapeutic recreation goals for program referrals. Coordinate activities with staff/rehabilitation team and participate in care planning meetings.
  6. Assess patients' needs through observations, medical records, tests, and talking with other healthcare professionals, patients’ families, and patients.
  7. Create treatment plans and programs that meet patients’ rehabilitation needs and interests.
  8. Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
  9. Participate in discharge planning, development and implementation of activity care plans and patient assessments.
  10. Performs all other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Recreational Therapy is required
  • Experience in an acute care, extended care, rehabilitation, mental health, or outpatient setting
  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

We take great care of careers.

Hartford Healthcare provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working with a top notch organization:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount program

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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