Job Description

Job Title: Recreation Therapist
Job ID: 22599001
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Flexible weekdays & flexible daylight shift
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: CEAT
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


The Recreation Therapist provides patient care activities to Behavioral Health patients.


  • Order and maintain supplies and equipment.
  • Communicate effectively both in writing and verbally (patient assessments, progress notes, etc.
  • Promote patient satisfaction by offering a recreational therapy program of groups based on the social, cognitive, leisure and spiritual needs of the patients served.
  • Evaluate all patients and establish appropriate goals and programs focused on the patient's needs.
  • Maintain statistical information monthly as well as dept. policies and procedures.
  • Conduct group and individual programs.
  • Serve on the Safety Committee. Maintain certification requirements.
  • Conduct staff meetings and ensure staff CEU requirements are met. Abide by Hospital and department polices and procedures.
  • Consults with other disciplines regarding patients' needs.
  • Organize and implement group and 1:1 interventions
  • Plan monthly calendar of patient groups offered.



  • Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation or related field required
  • CTRS preferred
  • Previous recreation therapy experience

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC) - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting 
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance 

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran


Salary Range: $17.97 to $29.87 / hour

Union Position: No

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