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Beth Thompson

Position: CTRS/FT – Saint Simons By-The-Sea Behavioral Hospital
Salary: 17.00 – 25.00
Duties: Saint Simons By-The-Sea is a 101 bed psychiatric and addictive disease hospital for adults and adolescents. We strive to provide quality mental health treatment and addiction treatment services in the area. Located on Saint Simons Island, Ga., Saint Simons By-The-Sea’s serene island setting ensures privacy and anonymity, enabling the patient to concentrate on recovery. Our hospital is conveniently located within driving distance of Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and other surrounding cities in the South Georgia and Northern Florida region. The hospital’s comfortable, supportive environment helps put patients at ease.

One of the Nation’s largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance. Growing steadily since its inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, our annual revenues were $10.77 billion in 2018. In 2020, UHS was again recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune; in 2019, ranked #293 on the Fortune 500; and in 2017, listed #275 in Forbes inaugural ranking of America’s Top 500 Public Companies. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has more than 87,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 327 behavioral health facilities, 40 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 37 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.

Saint Simons By-The-Sea is seeking a Certified Recreation Therapist, who will serve as an active member of the clinical staff.  This position maintains a therapeutic relationship with all patients; Plans and conducts varied group and individual recreation therapy for all patients and conducts assessments on patients; Additionally, the recreation therapist mentors direct care staff, reports any problems in regards to performance to the director and oversees weekend and evening recreation.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited too:

Maintains a professional demeanor at all times and responds to patients, families, co-workers, and community partners in a courteous, respectful manner

Works efficiently without direct supervision of each task

Assesses patient leisure needs as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours of the patient’s admissions date and time and develop behavioral treatment plans, goals, and interventions.

Assists in the day-to-day monitoring of the patient population.

Establishes, initiates, organizes, and conducts the recreation therapy treatment program including leisure education, pet therapy, creative expression, outdoor education/recreation, art, community reintegration, and special events such as birthdays, holidays, and graduation parties.

Promotes the physical appearance of the unit through decorations, bulletin boards, and displays of patient activities.

Assists in the inventory and ordering of appropriate recreation therapy supplies.

Conducts recreation therapy groups, as scheduled, and document patient’s participation and progress toward individual treatment goals outlined.

Participates in the monitoring and assessment of recreation therapy programming, assisting with programming changes, as needed, in order to promote treatment that effectively meets the needs of all patients.

Attends and participates in treatment team meetings and selected therapeutic groups when the program schedule permits.

Establishes relationships with community agencies providing recreation therapy services.

Maintains cleanliness and organization of supplies and areas used when conducting recreation activities.

Provides appropriate crisis intervention, as necessary, by anticipating and responding quickly to escalating behaviors, utilizing de-escalation techniques, correctly prioritizing safety concerns, following proper restraint technique guidelines, and displaying neutral emotions.

Maintains appropriate relationships with patients by treating them in a respectful manner at all times, by eliciting patients’ interest and cooperation, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and promoting a positive peer culture.

Responds to any emergency situation involving patients in treatment.

EEO Statement

All UHS subsidiaries are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. UHS subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers and as such, openly support and fully commit to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion and compensation of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.


At UHS and all our subsidiaries, our Human Resources departments and recruiters are here to help prospective candidates by matching skillset and experience with the best possible career path at UHS and our subsidiaries.  We take pride in creating a highly efficient and best in class candidate experience. During the recruitment process, no recruiter or employee will request financial or personal information (Social Security Number, credit card or bank information, etc.) from you via email. The recruiters will not email you from a public webmail client like Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc. If you are suspicious of a job posting or job-related email mentioning UHS or its subsidiaries,
Requirements: Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy, or related field

Current CTRS certification, or be scheduled to sit for certification exam within three months of hire.

Experience in an inpatient setting preferred.
Additional info: www.ssbythesea.com