Therapeutic ActivitiesProgram Therapist - Mental Health Services - Full Time/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 8/4/2020

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Job Description

Job Objective:

Under the direction of the Supervising Therapeutic Activities Program therapist, is responsible for the provision of therapeutic activities consistent with the plan of care for patients in the Mental Health Services (MHS) department. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Develops and provides therapeutic activities for the patient of the department. Such activities include, but are not limited to: expressive activities, craft activities, activities related to the enhancement of activities of daily living, promotion of reality orientation, recreation and leisure time activities, and educational groups.

Assesses patient’s recreational and leisure time needs. Plans individualized treatment for patients.

Evaluates the patient’s progress regularly and revises plan of care as indicated. Documents the patient’s response to treatment provided in the patient’s medical record and communicates with other members of the treatment team re: such response.

Participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings for coordination of patient treatment

Demonstrates knowledge regarding special needs and behavior of age specific groups

Participates in age specific educational and training programs

Demonstrates proficiency in required age specific competencies 

Non-Essential Duties:

Other miscellaneous functions as required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of the practical workings of a mental health unit as generally acquired through one (1) year of experience in a formalized mental health work setting.
  • Knowledge of current therapeutic activity program practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the group process with the ability to facilitate group sessions.
  • Knowledge, understanding and adherence of the telephone etiquette standards.
  • Skill in identifying problems and ability to translate them into a plan of care for the patient.
  • Skill in communicating with the ability to lecture before a group.
  • Ability to be flexible in meeting the staffing requirements and needs of the MHS Department and the needs of the patients.
  • Safely and effectively uses all equipment necessary to carry out duties. Conforms to required and appropriate JCAHO and Title XXII requirements. Conforms with and supports hospital quality assurance and performance improvement guidelines. Displays a willingness to work as a team player.
  • Supports and adheres to the mission statement and values established by the Mental Health Services Department. 

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication 


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust 


Minimum of one year experience in acute, rehabilitative or SNF setting preferred 


  • Minimum of bachelor degree required in recreational therapy or directly related field 

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) or Registered Therapeutic Recreator (RTR)
  • Restraint Certification within 6 months of hire date; recertification annually
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification within 6 months of hire date; recertification annually
  • Biannual CPR Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in the sometimes hectic and changeable atmosphere of the MHS Department.
  • On occasion will be called upon to assist with the physical management of assaultive behavior.

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer.