Certified Therapeutic Recreational Therapist - Marquette, MIMarquette, Michigan
Kindred Healthcare is seeking a full-time Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for the inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at UP Health System in Marquette, MI! CTRS Certification and weekends are required!
A recreational therapist, or a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), is a licensed professional who is trained to provide treatment through recreational activities to ill or disabled individuals. These activities are meant to support a patient's physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and mental state by counteracting stress, anxiety and depression associated with the patient's condition. Recreational therapists assess patients and create individual therapy plans to suit the patient's specific needs and interests.
Building or recovering motor functioning and reasoning ability is usually at the forefront of a recreational therapist's goals. Because of this, many therapies include a physical aspect, however minor, in the treatment which requires the patient to use his or her mind to complete the activity. Activities can also be integrated or followed up with a "discussion" that allows patients to recognize his thoughts, feelings and reactions to the activity. These discussions can lead to personal revelations in the patient and help in his or her development, coping skills and ultimate recovery from the illness.
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