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Recreation Therapist

Thresholds Homes and Supports

This is a Full-time position in Ottawa, ON posted February 25, 2021.

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION The Recreation Therapist will work with the staff and registered nurse in the Extraordinary Needs Program to provide rehabilitation and support, through meaningful group programming and one on one interventions that are consumer centred.

They will utilize the five phase therapeutic recreation process (assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, termination) in the care they offer.

The focus is on recovery through holistic care to maximize consumers overall quality of life by participating in meaningful activities, whether recreational or vocational.

There is a focus on decreasing social isolation, improving community integration, and increasing physical activity levels.

This position will develop and evaluate group/individualized programs, assist consumers in identifying recreational opportunities in the community and help consumers to access them.

HOURS OF WORK The Recreation Therapist will work thirty-five (35) hours per week, with the hours being flexible to the needs of consumers and may be required to work a minimum of one (1) evening per week.

Recreation Therapists will participate, on a rotating basis, in the agency’s on-call system.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Post-secondary degree in human services / human sciences or related field.

Minimum three (3) years’ experience within the community mental health field working with adults recovering from serious mental illness, addiction or supportive housing.

Supervisory experience, with demonstrated ability of being a highly effective communicator with strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Experience in supporting individuals experiencing acute crisis and where possible taking action that is consistent with the consumer’s crisis plan of action Prioritizing and organizing work is second nature and able to make recommendations Sound knowledge of community resources and the ability to liaise with community agencies, generic services, mental health professionals, specialized health care, recreation and leisure opportunities and vocational programs Ability to advocate and liaise with housing providers, landlords, boarding homes, shelter operations and operators of other housing facilities Proficient in the use of Word, Excel, electronic record keeping and data collection systems as well as OCAN and CRMS Strong assessment skills and demonstrated ability to assess complex situations and make appropriate decisions independently Certification in First Aid/CPR, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and suicide risk assessment preferred Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license, relevant insurance and use of a reliable vehicle Able to successfully complete and provide a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check