The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is the state agency that focuses solely on policies, programs, and services for people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or any combination of these. As Georgia’s public safety net, DBHDD operates six field offices and five hospitals throughout the state within three program areas: behavioral health, developmental disabilities and hospital services.
Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah (GRHS) is a state-funded multi-service facility operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The hospital provides quality care to mentally ill adults and individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities from its 34-county catchment area in Southeast Georgia. GRHS opened in December of 1970 with a design to decentralize mental health services in the state and treat people nearer to their homes and families. The hospital provides evaluation and treatment to clients needing care. The hospital's admitting office is a psychiatric emergency receiving facility open 24 hours a day.
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Plan, direct, or coordinate therapeutic recreation programs. Interventions include exercise, recreation, gardening, dramatics, music, social activities, and expressive arts. Conducts assessment of an individual’s condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Conducts therapy sessions to improve an individual’s mental, physical, cognitive, and social well-being.
- Confers with members of the treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
- Develops a treatment plan to meet the needs of individuals, based on needs assessment, individual’s interests, and objectives of therapy.
- Encourages individuals with limitations to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting life skills and leisure activities, such as sports, games, music, arts and crafts, and gardening. Instructs individuals in activities and techniques, such as sports, gardening, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
- Observes, analyzes, and records individual’s participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
- Obtains information from medical records, medical staff, family members, and the individuals themselves to assess an individual’s capabilities, needs, and interests.
- Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in treatment programs and activities to facilitate an individual’s rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community, and prevent further medical problems.
- Prepares and submits reports and charts to the treatment team to reflect an individual’s reactions and evidence of progress or regression.
Bachelor's degree in a therapeutic recreation or related therapeutic discipline from an accredited college or university AND One year of related experience OR One year of experience at the lower level Activity Therapist 1 (HCP060) or position equivalent. Note: Some positions may require registration in the area of assignment.
Preferred Qualifications - External:
Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and/or related field. Must have One year of related experience. Preferred at least Two years’ experience working in a Mental Health hospital setting. Preferred Certification in Therapeutic Recreation.