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Virginia State Government Recreation Therapist in Petersburg, Virginia

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Job Description

Central State Hospital (CSH) is a 277 bed, Joint Commission accredited public psychiatric facility. The hospital serves individuals who are civilly committed and in need of treatment, and/or individuals involved in the criminal justice system who need treatment and/or pre-trial evaluation. The facility is currently seeking a Recreation Therapist to be part of a dynamic treatment team and Rehab Department.

The Recreation Therapist will be responsible for developing, planning, organizing, and implementing therapeutic recreation treatment groups, as well as leisure activities designed to promote skills in preparation for community living. The incumbent will work in civil/forensic settings with adults who have serious mental illnesses. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: representing the Rehab Department as a member of a Treatment Team, completing treatment plans, and conducting assessments. The Recreation Therapist will also be responsible for medical records documentation and data entry. In order to plan and facilitate evening and weekend activities this position will be required to rotate evening, holiday, and weekend hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates must have a Degree (graduate or undergraduate) from an accredited school of Recreation Therapy.

Candidates must also have completed an internship under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and be certified or eligible for certification and pass the NCTRC Exam within one year of hire date.

Candidates must have a valid VA Driver license and the ability to drive/operate and escort clients by state cars, wheel chair equipped bus and 15 passenger van.

The ability to perform the following tasks: moderate lifting, standing, reaching, bending, climbing, responding to behavioral interventions, and multi-tasking are required. Candidates must have the ability to develop, plan, organize and implement Therapeutic Recreation programs designed to promote skills in preparation for community living. In addition, candidates must have good verbal and written communication skills. The Awareness of safety and Security procedures and the ability to manage aggressive/assaultive clients utilizing approved TOVA techniques are also required.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates with work/internship experience dealing with various types of mental disorders are preferred.

Special Requirements

Applicants MUST be able to interview in person. Phone interviews will not conducted.

This position requires being able to work rotating evening, holiday, and weekend hours.

An extensive criminal history background investigation and employment references will be conducted.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Central State Hospital offers a comprehensive benefit package to include your choice of four health insurance plans, paid life insurance and retirement, 12 paid holidays, annual and sick leave, and much more.

Petersburg is part of the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Richmond is the state capital and is a vibrant, affordable city often mentioned in national news media for its progressive arts community and creative, world-class culinary scene. Richmond is a 2-hour drive from Washington DC, 1.5 hours from Shenandoah National Park, and 2 hours to the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. For those who prefer rural living, to the immediate west of the hospital is beautiful countryside for miles on end. Petersburg and Richmond are both rich with historic sites, and Petersburg boasts historic neighborhoods recently undergoing a renaissance.

LIST ALL PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE. State application must be filled out completely. There should be no unexplained gaps of employment. Please include all previous employers along with their telephone numbers. CSH only accepts online applications. Faxed, e-mailed or mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes may accompany application, but will not serve as a substitute. Please call 804-524-7111 for any assistance needed.

Central State Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities are open to all regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics or disability.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 804-786-0000 for assistance. Minorities, individuals with disabilities, Veterans, and people with National Service experience are encouraged to apply EEO/AA/TYY

CSH is a tobacco-free campus.

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Human Resources







Human Resources Building #113 26317 West Washington Street Petersburg, Virginia 23803

Working Title: Recreation Therapist

Role Title: Therapist II - 49232

Job Open Date: 02/13/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: Commensurate with Experience

Agency: Central State Hospital (703)

Agency Website:

Location: Petersburg - 730

Position Number: 01181

Job Posting Number: 1048367

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: No

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: 04