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Recreation Therapist – Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


Working under the general direction of the Supervisor, Recreation Therapy using the continuum model of therapeutic recreation while ensuring the three domains of services (rehabilitation, leisure education and recreation) are addressed, the Recreational Therapist plans, develops, and implements comprehensive, group and individual programs to fit the specific needs of forensic patients who have complex mental health illnesses and may have co-occurring addictions and medical conditions; implements quality improvement processes to achieve and maintain standards of practice to and deliver safe, high quality recreation therapy programming; and uses evidence-based therapeutic interventions to improve the patients’ ability to understand and manage psychiatric and behavioural problems. 


In this role, you will: 

  • Assess patient’s current level of recreation functioning and determine the requirements for programming through methods such as selecting and/or developing appropriate assessment tools; interviewing and assessing patients, reviewing the health record, using input from other health care professionals, considering available history and leisure analysis; determining strengths, functioning level and potential; analyzing the therapeutic needs of the patient; and attending and consulting with other members of the interdisciplinary team at Treatment Planning Conferences in order to receive and provide Information for the assessment. 
  • Plan, develop and arrange both on a short and long-term basis, individual and group therapeutic recreation program and services by methods such as translating therapeutic recreation plans into action plans defining objectives and strategies for intervention by the interdisciplinary team and other individuals; contacting services and resources in the community; enrolling patients in programs and/or arranging in-services; ensuring patients have proper equipment and supplies; arranging transportation when required; ensuring recreation programs and services are regularly scheduled; coordinating programs in conjunction with dietary, nursing and other disciplines; and reviewing, adapting and documenting changes in recreation plans to reflect patients’ progress. 
  • Implement safe and secure recreation therapy services for patients and staff by methods such as ensuring patients have the necessary security clearance to attend designated programs and escorting patients who do not have grounds clearance; taking attendance and immediately initiating appropriate security procedures if a discrepancy is discovered; checking that all equipment, tools, materials and chemicals used in the program are accounted for; observing patient behaviour and noting any patient behavioural changes which may be of a safety or security concern and immediately initiating appropriate security and reporting procedures; reviewing patient progress and modifying recreation care plans as required; supporting and assisting in patient intervention procedures; evaluating recreation programs and making changes as indicated; and ensuring that the facility and equipment do not become a security risk when working with maximum security patients. 
  • Maintain and report on comprehensive patient assessment and progress records related to recreation therapy as per FPSC policy, discipline standards and guidelines by methods such as writing concise and accurate assessment and treatment reports on patient case load to the Case Managers for the B.C. Board of Review; ensuring documentation is complete and up-to-date and providing evidence and rationale to support findings; appearing before the B.C. Board of Review to respond to inquiries concerning patient progress when required; and reporting concerns and issues to the Supervisor or Director as required. 
  • Participate in community meetings and collaborate with others on recreation therapy treatment by methods such as attending ward community meetings, liaising on a regular basis with nursing staff in regards to treatment, security and safety issues for patients; providing feedback on when it is safe and appropriate to integrate community resources into the program for normalization; and contacting community resources necessary to the operation and/or enhancement of the Recreation Therapy Services. 


You hold: 

  • Diploma in Recreation Therapy from a recognized post-secondary institution. 
  • Two (2) years recent related experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
  • Eligible for membership in the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association. 
  • A valid BC Drivers License.  Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle. 



You have:

  • Knowledge of recreation therapy theory and practice within an evidence-based, patient and family-centered, psychosocial rehabilitation model of care. 
  • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient care. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to plan, implement, lead and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs and to coach patients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups.   
  • Demonstrated the ability to apply psychosocial rehabilitation techniques.
  • Demonstrated the ability to teach and supervise patients while empowering them to assume control over their health. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients and their families, colleagues, physicians, other health care staff, community service providers and the public. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to clearly and accurately document patient information on the health record and to prepare treatment plans, progress notes and evaluation reports 
  • Demonstrated the ability to assess patients’ responses to care and to respond appropriately. 
  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promote communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within an interdisciplinary setting. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to problem solve, adjust to new or unexpected events, and to deal effectively with conflict situations. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to consult effectively with others. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to establish workload priorities in collaboration with others in a complex health care environment. 
  • Demonstrated the ability to recognize when referral to another health care professional is required. 
  • The physical ability to perform the duties of the position. 
  • Skill in the use of equipment and in the techniques appropriate for recreation therapy. 
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized patient care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.



If this sounds like you, apply now! 



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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:


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  • 84998
  • Regular, Full-Time 
  • Wage: $30.75 to $38.33 per hour
  • Tuesday to Friday; 10:00-18:00
    Saturday; 12:15-20:15
  • 70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5X9



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Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84998-2327196
Work SitePt. Program Services, Port Coquitlam
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$35.59 / Hour
Hours of Work
Work Days
Expiry Date19-Sep-2019

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