Therapeutic Recreation Specialist


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Located in the heart of the community of Washington Heights in Northern Manhattan is a 705-bed rehabilitation and nursing care facility with a mission to provide quality care through diverse programs and services designed to support health and independence to individuals needing short-stay or long term inpatient care.


Designs, implements, conducts and evaluates therapeutic recreation programs (group and one to ones) including the creative arts, which meet resident needs and maximize resident strengths. Invites and escorts residents to on and off community/neighborhood programs ensuring their safety and security by monitoring whereabouts during programs, and at all times when residents are present. Appropriately utilizes specific behavioral techniques for dementia resident and other populations.


  • B.A or B.S in degree in therapeutic recreation, music therapy, art therapy, drama therapy, dance/movement therapy, creative arts therapy or related field
    AND preferably
    One of the following awarded within four (4) months of employment:
    Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
    Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT- BC),
    Art Therapist Registered (ATR)
    Art Therapist Registered – Board Certified (ATR-BC)
    Registered – Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT)
    Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT)
  • Demonstrated skill, as needed, to complement department/community needs such as crafts, music, dance, art, yoga, puppetry, drama, etc.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs
  • Enunciated communication
  • Documentation skills
  • Exercises good judgment
  • Demonstrates consistent punctuality and attendance
Metropolitan Jewish Health System

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