The Salvation Army - Southwest Division

Phoenix, AZ

Recreation Therapy Coordinator

Posted over 1 month ago · Full time

Job Description

LOCATION: Phoenix Family Services

STATUS: FT Regular


The Recreation Therapy Coordinator will observe, analyze individual/family participation, reactions, and progress during play therapy sessions, modifying case management as needed. The RT Coordinator will also develop activity plan to meet needs of participants, based on needs assessment, individual/family interests & objectives of therapy. Must have the ability to evaluate and document patients’/clients’ responses to treatment and progress towards goals. Develop and document recommendations for aftercare and to prepare and present evaluative reports to Client Shelter Services Manager, or Family Services Director. Will encourage individual/families with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening. Counsel and encourage individuals/family to develop leisure activities. Recreation Therapy prepares families for treatment and implements the individualized treatment plan using appropriate treatment interventions to restore, remediate or rehabilitate physical, cognitive, emotional or social functioning in order to improve independence in life activities for families. Confer with members of case management team to plan and evaluate therapy programs. Conduct client/family assessments & develops programs in areas of social interaction, theater, games, crafts, & music. Reports generated outcomes and therapeutic advancements and milestones to Shelter Services Manager and Family Services Director on a monthly basis. Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. Gives input into developing the recreation therapy program budget. Resolve escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments. Other duties as assigned by Shelter Services Manager and Family Services Director as they relate to shelter programs.


  • Masters of Psychology, Social Work or Recreation Therapy
  • Awareness of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Knowledge of human structures, physiology of human structures, mechanics of movement, lifecycle growth and development, psychological functioning, pathology in psychological functioning, cognitive learning and motor learning that contribute to health and human functioning.
  • Considerable knowledge of recreational therapy practices, methods, techniques and opportunities for recreational therapists to collaborate with other health care disciplines to improve patient/client functioning and independence.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based assessment instruments and techniques and skill in conducting individualized patient/client assessments to collect age, cultural and baseline diagnostic data in order to determine patient/client strengths and limitations in the areas of physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning.
  • Ability to interpret assessment results and skill in writing functional outcome goals designed to improve patient’s/client’s physical, cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral functioning and to increase their independence in life activities.
  • Skill and ability in designing, planning and implementing evidence-based treatment interventions to restore, remediate or rehabilitate specific aspects of physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning in order to improve functioning and independence in life activities and to reduce limitations to activity participation caused by medical, psychiatric, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, sensory impairments or other disabling conditions.
  • Computer literate in MS Office products
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Must have a valid Arizona DL with a clean driving record

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation. A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order to meet the physical requirements of the position. The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is reasonable and no undue hardship would result.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach with hands and arms on a continuous basis.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Must have the ability to operate telephone, a desktop or laptop computer, as well as the ability to access and produce information from a computer, and to understand written information.

MISSION STATEMENT: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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