Class Code: 7581-21 Date Established: 04-05-89


Occupational Code: 7-4-7 Date of Last Revision: 02-02-09


BASIC PURPOSE: To provide recreational therapy review and evaluation and to develop and implement recreational therapy treatment programs in order to enhance physical, social, psycho-social and cognitive capabilities of patients and to promote leisure skills, social awareness, leisure awareness and physical wellness.




           Assesses and determines treatment needs and develops individualized recreational therapy and group recreational therapy programs to improve the functional abilities of patients.

           Coordinates and integrates recreational therapy treatment programs with other disciplines and treatment programs to ensure consistent and comprehensive recreational therapy.

           Trains and supervises newly hired recreational therapist, students and volunteers to ensure that recreational therapy treatment standards are achieved, and implements educational training sessions for staff.

           Coordinates and implements program changes or improvements. Recommends purchase of supplies or resources and monitors/maintains current equipment in use.

           Coordinates and provides community based activities, theory based groups, individual treatment, physical wellness and leisure education.

           Advises the supervisor regarding all recreational activities and make recommendations for program changes or improvements.

           Participates in conferences with other professionals to discuss resident needs.





Skill: Requires skill in recommending routine changes in standardized operating procedures OR in retrieving, compiling, and reporting data according to established procedures OR in operating complex machines.


Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.


Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving direct service objectives by assessing agency service needs and making preliminary recommendations for the development of alternative short-term program policies or procedures. Errors at this level result in incomplete assessments or misleading recommendations causing a disruption of agency programs or policies.


Supervision: Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.


Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in an environment which includes exposure to continuous physical elements or a number of disagreeable working conditions with frequent exposure to minor injuries or health hazards.


Physical Demands: Requires medium work, including continuous strenuous activities such as frequent reaching, bending, or lifting as well as performing work activities which require fine manual dexterity or coordination in operating machines or equipment.


Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.


Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.


Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.




Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in

therapeutic recreation, or a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.


Experience: Three years’ of experience in therapeutic recreation.


License/Certification: Successful examination and certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and authorization to use the initials of CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). Licensure as a Recreation Therapist by the New Hampshire Allied Health Professionals Governing Board for Recreational Therapists. If not yet licensed in New Hampshire, must have a conditional license.


License/Certification for New Hampshire Hospital: Alternate certification for designated position: possession of certification as a registered art therapist by the American Art Therapy Association and authorization to use the initials of ATR or possession of certification as a music therapist by the Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc. or other expressive therapies, with respective certification by their national boards


License/Certification for the Division of Juvenile Justice Services: Successful examinations and certification by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and authorization to use the initials of CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist). Licensure as a Recreation Therapist by the New Hampshire Allied Health Professionals Governing Board for Recreational Therapists.


RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of recreational therapy, group work techniques and theory bases practice. Knowledge of problems associated with mental illness or emotional disabilities. Ability to offer alternatives to modify behavioral patterns through recreational/physical activities. Ability to plan recreational therapy program with an understanding of the principles, practices, and techniques of professional Therapeutic Recreation. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to secure the cooperation of both professional and non-professional persons. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees and the patient population. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.



DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.



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