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DSHS ESH Recreation Therapist, Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA

Organization: Eastern State Hospital
Category: Professional
Location: Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Date Job Posted: October 9, 2021
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DSHS ESH Recreation Therapist

Salary $3,701.00 - $4,855.00 Monthly
Location Spokane County - Medical Lake, WA
Job Type Full Time - Permanent
Department Dept. of Social and Health Services
Job Number 2021-11036
Closing 10/31/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Recreation Therapist 2

Eastern State Hospital (ESH) is expanding! Come join our team where patient impact thrives from collaboration.

We're looking for those who have a passion for supporting rehabilitation through therapy as a Certified Recreation Therapist for our Forensic Services Unit or Adult Psychiatric Unit. This role will allow you to work with patients along with a number of other Recreation Therapists.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Provide Therapeutic Recreation assessments
  • Document and evaluate patient's response/outcomes to the plan in the patient's medical records
  • Facilitate and provide 12-20 hours of active treatment programs/interventions per week for the assigned ward, unit, or population
  • Develop age and population appropriate therapeutic recreation clinical programs
  • Develop and write programs in a Rehabilitation Services approved program design format with goals and interventions
  • Serve as a member of committees as an appointed representative of rehabilitation services

Who should apply?

Professionals who have:

  • Graduated from an accredited Therapeutic Recreation Program and have at least 18 months of professional therapeutic recreation experience (or equivalent education/experience)
  • National Certification through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Acquire and maintain a Washington state Department of Health registration as a Recreation Therapist
  • Acquire and maintain a Washington state Department of Health Food Handler's permit within 14 days of hire


  • Working knowledge of group behavior and dynamics.
  • Experience in intervening and de-escalating crisis/dangerous situations.
  • Ability to work with difficult or angry patients in a therapeutic, non-threatening manner.
  • Knowledge of behavioral health issues and recovery principles.

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact DSHS Recruiter by email and reference job number 11036.

Per Governor Inslees’ Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.

Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protect­ed veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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