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TENTATIVE

Occ. Code 5903200

 

RECREATION THERAPIST, GRADE 14

5903200

RECREATION THERAPIST (ART), GRADE 14

5903204

RECREATION THERAPIST (DANCE), GRADE 14

5903203

RECREATION THERAPIST (MUSIC), GRADE 14

5903202

SENIOR RECREATION THERAPIST, GRADE 17

5903300

SENIOR RECREATION THERAPIST (MUSIC), GRADE 17

5903300

HEAD RECREATION THERAPIST, GRADE 20

5903600

CHIEF RECREATION THERAPIST, GRADE 23

5903700

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

          Positions in this title series perform a wide range of duties involved in the provision of therapeutic and rehabilitative recreation programs to enhance individuals physical, mental, and social well-being. Incumbents develop, implement, direct, and evaluate recreational activities and programs, including but not limited to competitive and non-competitive sports; arts and crafts; club activities; shows and holiday programs; and other cultural activities. 

 

These positions are classified in the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, Department of Health, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and State Department of Education.

 


 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

          Recreation therapist: delivers assigned recreation activities; assists higher-level recreation staff in the development and implementation of recreation activities.

 

          SENIOR RECREATION THERAPIST: develops, implements, and delivers recreation activities; assists upper-level recreation staff in the development and evaluation of recreation programs; may supervise lower level staff involved in the provision of recreation activities; head a small recreation program; or serve as the sole recreation therapist for a small program.

 

HEAD RECREATION THERAPIST: supervisory level; develops, implements, directs, and evaluates recreation programs; responsible for recreation program goal-setting, policy development, resource acquisition and utilization; oversees a program with 4 to 20 recreation titles allocated at Grade 14 or above.

 

CHIEF RECREATION THERAPIST: supervisory level; develops, implements, directs, and evaluates recreation programs; responsible for recreation program goal-setting, policy development, resource acquisition and utilization; oversees a program with 20 or more recreation titles allocated at Grade 14 or above.

 


 

RELATED CLASSES

 

Occupational Therapists plan, conduct, and evaluate individual and group occupational therapy treatment programs to prevent further physical and mental impairment of individuals, restore or improve individuals physical and mental capacities, and assist individuals rehabilitation and recovery processes. 

 

Physical Therapists plan, implement, conduct, and evaluate physical therapy programs and services to assist individuals in restoring, maintaining, and improving physical capacities, and to assist individuals rehabilitation and recovery processes.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

          RECREATION THERAPISTS

 

Deliver a variety of recreation activities for individuals and/or groups, and adapt activities to adjust to the function level, physical ability, and/or rehabilitative and clinical needs of participants.

 

Ensure that delivered recreation activities are in compliance with recreation department policies and procedures.

 

Coordinate recreational activities with external parties to provide additional opportunities for assigned individuals and/or groups.

 

Write and submit detailed activities reports and participant progress notes to upper level staff for all recreation therapy activities.

 

Observe and record individuals participation, reactions, behavioral patterns, and progress over the course of recreational programming, and report changes to upper-level staff.

 

Assist higher level recreation staff in the evaluation of recreation activities, and recommend new activities to address the recreational needs of individuals and/or groups.

 

Order and maintain recreation supplies and equipment for assigned activities.

 

Attend recreation department and/or treatment team meetings.

 

          SENIOR RECREATION THERAPISTS

May perform the duties of Recreation Therapists.

 

Design, implement, and deliver individual and group therapeutic recreation activities.

 

Oversee the performance and evaluation of delivered recreation activities, and make changes where necessary.

 

Interview recreation participants, document findings, and recommend changes in recreational programming and treatment plans to upper-level staff.

 

Recommend recreational programming and/or policy changes to upper-level staff to improve the quality of a facilitys recreation program.

 

May supervise lower-lever recreation therapy staff in the development and implementation of recreation therapy services and activities.

 

          HEAD AND CHIEF RECREATION THERAPISTS

 

May perform the duties of lower level recreation therapists.

 

Oversee a facilitys recreation department in the provision of recreation therapy activities and services.

 

·       Develop, implement, and evaluate department-wide recreation therapy services.

 

·       Develop, implement, and evaluate department policies and procedures for the provision of recreation services.

 

·       Oversee staff assignments, evaluate staff performance, and monitor time and attendance for lower-level recreation therapists, student interns, and volunteers.

 

·       Develop, conduct, and update staff development programs.

 

·       Prepare and manage overall recreation department budgets, and maintain departmental resources including space, equipment, and supplies.

 

·       Write a variety of periodic and special reports to document recreation department activities.

 

·       Evaluate new advances in recreation therapy to assess applicability for implementation into recreation department operations.

 

·       Represent the recreation department at meetings and on various facility-wide committees.

 

·       Establish and maintain professional, agency, and regulatory agency performance standards for recreation programs, and perform quality assurance functions.

 

·       Conduct programmatic evaluations for the overall recreation program.

 

·       Develop quality assurance policies and procedures to confirm and maintain regulatory agency standards, and periodically evaluate recreation department progress in achieving those standards.

 

·       Communicate and explain changes in policies and procedures to recreation staff.

 

·       Assist facility program directors in preparing for accreditation surveys.

 

·       Provide recreation program information to survey team members over the course of an accreditation survey.

 

·       Revise recreation therapy programs to conform to changes in current standards or regulations concerning the practice of recreation therapy.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          RECREATION THERAPIST

 

A bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation; or a bachelors degree in Recreation, Physical Education, or Adaptive Physical Education and one year of experience in planning and administering a therapeutic recreation program; or current credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) issued by the National Council For Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

 

         


 

          RECREATION THERAPIST (ART)

 

 

A bachelors degree with a concentration or major in Art Therapy; or a bachelors degree in Art, Art Education, or Fine Arts and one year of experience in planning and administering an art therapy program; or registration with the American Art Therapy Association as an Art Therapist.

 

 

          RECREATION THERAPIST (DANCE)

 

A bachelors degree with a concentration or major in Dance Therapy; or a bachelors degree in Dance or Dance Education and one year of experience in planning and administering a dance therapy program; or registration with the American Dance Therapy Association as a Dance Therapist.

 

          RECREATION THERAPIST (MUSIC)

 

A bachelors degree with a concentration or major in Music Therapy; or a bachelors degree in Music or Music Education and one year of experience in planning and administering a music therapy program; or certification by the American Music Therapy Association as a Music Therapist.

 

         


 

          SENIOR RECREATION THERAPIST

 

Open Competitive:

 

          A bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy, and one year of post-degree professional experience in planning and administering a therapeutic program which involved developing and coordinating therapeutic activities for geriatric patients/residents, individuals with developmental disabilities, individuals with psychiatric disabilities, individuals who are physically challenged, or individuals in treatment for alcoholism and substance abuse; or a bachelors degree in recreation, physical education, adaptive physical education, art, dance, music, drama, recreation education with a concentration in therapeutic recreation, or recreation and leisure studies with a concentration in therapeutic recreation and two years of post-degree professional experience as described above; or one year of post-degree professional experience as described above and one of the following:

 

Certified as a CTRS by the NCTRC, registered with the American Art Therapy Association as an Art Therapist; registered with the American Dance Therapy Association as a Dance Therapist; certified by the American Music Therapy Association as a Music Therapist; or registered by the National Association for Drama Therapy as a Registered Drama Therapist.

 

A masters degree in therapeutic recreation, creative arts therapy, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or drama therapy may substitute for one year of experience.

 

Promotion:  one year of experience as a Recreation Therapist (including parenthetics).

 

 

          SENIOR RECREATION THERAPIST (MUSIC)

Promotion:  one year of experience as a Recreation Therapist (Music).

 

          HEAD RECREATION THERAPIST

Promotion: one year of experience as a Senior Recreation Therapist (including parenthetics).

 

 

          CHIEF RECREATION THERAPIST

Promotion: one year of experience as a Head Recreation Therapist, OR two years of experience as a Senior Recreation Therapist (including parenthetics).

 

Date:  1/16

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.