Recreational Therapist, PRN - Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth

Houston, TX

Recreational Therapist, PRN - Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth

Location: Houston, Texas


Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Allied Health

UTHealth Houston Behavioral Sciences Campus

Requisition #: 23000242

Join a growing team! With the opening of Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth , we will soon have the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country, serving the region with an 500+ bed facility. Our dedicated health care employees will have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of mental health specialties and cutting-edge research. With exposure to a variety of specialties such as Acute, Subacute, and Intensive Outpatient, Continuum of Care, Mood Disorders, ECT, Early Onset Treatment , Adult General Psychiatry, Competency Restoration, Child and Adolescent, Juvenile Justice, Geriatric Psychiatry, Treatment Mall and Unit-Based Programming.

This dedicated team will work in an integrated campus to bring world class resources to the community. Apply today to be a part of this committed team serving the mental health needs of the area.

Position Summary:

Provides a role in treatment centered interventions through therapeutic recreation programs.

Location: Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center/HCPC at UTHealth

Dept.: Programming

Status: Full-Time

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Develops recreational therapy programs to assist patients toward stabilization and developing healthier and productive lifestyles.

  2. Administers recreation activities to patient and instructs patient in the benefits of the activities in which they are participating.

  3. Maintains all documentation required for patient medical records.

  4. Contributing to the effort toward HCPC’s strategic goals and achievement programs.

  5. Develops structured programs that will offer the patient the opportunity to reduce stress, improve mood, increase activity level and social skills.

  6. Assesses and implements treatment plan goals, and outcomes related to the identified problems.

  7. Monitors and coordinates patient-care by collaborating with other direct care disciplines.

  8. Documents patient progress and patient attendance records through a computer-based program while complying with department documentation requirements.

  9. Other duties as assigned.


NCTRC Certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist OR Therapeutic Recreation Specialist/Texas Certified (TRS/TXC).

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy, leisure and/or recreation studies.

Minimum Experience:

NCTRC Certified as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with one year of experience; OR

Therapeutic Recreation Specialist/Texas Certified (TRS/TXC) with two years of experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.