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Recreation Therapist, Women’s Substance Use Program – Heartwood Centre for Women, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


Working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team, and within an evidence based Trauma Informed, recovery oriented and culturally safe model of care, the Recreation Therapist is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a therapeutic recreation program for women recovering from substance dependence, concurrent disorders, trauma, and chronic disease. Work involves integrating therapeutic recreation knowledge, principles of inclusion and active living components in the provision of activities. Drives the Centre’s vehicle to transport clients to designated locations during recreational outings and appointments as required. Services provided may include consultation and community outreach. The Recreation Therapist assesses clients in relation to therapeutic recreation and functions and as a member of an interdisciplinary team provides and coordinates services consistent with established policies, standards of practice and philosophy of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.



In this role, you will: 

  • Plan, implement and evaluate a goal oriented plan for assigned patients integrating recreation concepts and documents assessment information, goals, interventions, statistics, and progress notes.
  • Plan, initiate and provide opportunities that foster participation in leisure activities based on the client’s functional ability and development.
  • Observe, record, and report relevant information related to the client as it pertains to recreation and works in collaboration with other health care professionals.
  • Work with members of the health care team and communicate issues related to recreation by participating in and attending interdisciplinary team conferences, patient rounds, case discussions, and training sessions.
  • Plan appropriate recreation outings in the community for clients of the program and transport clients using the Centre’s vehicle. Assist clients with embarking and disembarking the vehicle. Conduct inspections of vehicle by checking oil, gas and fluid levels, tire condition and ensuring that lights and signals are functioning; cleans interior and exterior of vehicle after use; and maintain records of distances travelled, gas expenditures and inspections. Recommend vehicle and equipment repairs as required.


You hold: 

  • A Bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation from an approved post-secondary program.
  • Membership (or eligibility for membership) with the B.C. Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) and the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA).
  • Two (2) years of recent related experience working in a substance use and mental health program or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience.
  • A valid Class IV B.C. Driver’s Licence.
  • A valid C.P.R. Certificate


Please note, this role requires the successful applicant to be female.




You have:

  • Demonstrated skills in the areas of recreation program planning and leadership.
  • Demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated the ability to assess and interact with patients and families by applying theories of therapeutic recreation.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of issues related to mental health, addiction and trauma for women and a positive attitude regarding women impacted by these issues
  • A broad knowledge of Trauma-Informed Practice and its application to the defined population of clients
  • Demonstrated the ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated the ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated the ability to teach, demonstrate, and coach adults, and to empower clients to assume control over their health.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated the ability to operate related equipment.
  • The ability to travel.
  • The physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.



If this sounds like you, apply now! 



About Us


BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS provides tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across BC. BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA.) PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


  • 84419
  • Casual Opportunity
  • Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
  • Rotating Days, Rotating Hours
  • 5th Floor - 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1
Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84419-2326299
Work SiteChildren's & Women's Hlth Cntr
Job TypeCasual, Part-Time
Salary/Rate$38.33 / Hour
Hours of WorkRotating
Work DaysRotating
Expiry Date27-Sep-2019

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