Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Monday, May 26, 2014

RT Position in FL

Enjoy working with seniors? Looking for a place you can truly make a difference? Then come join the team at Cypress Cove in the role of Recreational Therapist! Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree (B.S./B.A.) from four-year college or university with a degree in therapeutic recreation, Parks and Recreation, Leisure Services, Health Sciences or other health services degree. We are looking for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Excellent customer service skills and good written and verbal communication skills are a must. Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, and weekends is required. Ideal candidates will have a strong knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias; Knowledge of healthcare and medical issues affecting the elderly population; Knowledge of the Therapeutic Recreation process; Knowledge of Federal and State regulations related to practice setting. Job Summary: To plan, implement and evaluate Recreational Therapy Services using a variety of treatment modalities for residents with physical, social, psychological, and cognitive dysfunction. The Recreation Therapist will work as part of the treatment team and develop treatment plans designed to restore and rehabilitate in order to improve function and independence and reduce or eliminate effects of illness or disability. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:  Provide clinical services including one-to-one treatments, small group treatments (2-5 people), co-treatments with other disciplines to improve physical, cognitive, and psychosocial well-being and quality of life.  Obtain physicians orders and referrals for Recreational Therapy services.  Conduct assessments, interviews, and chart reviews with residents and/or family members.  Develop and update careplans and documentation for each client as per federal and state regulations.  Maintain and continuously update knowledge of best practice approaches as it relates to care and treatment services.  Plan and develop programs and treatment sessions unique to each individual to address specific needs.  Modify, adapt, and implement treatment interventions based on individual needs, abilities, and limitations.  Evaluate efficacy and effectiveness of treatment interventions in relation to client progress.  Attend meetings as part of the interdisciplinary team.  Provide in-services to staff related to Recreational Therapy services, nonpharmacological interventions, and best practice approaches as needed.  Provide consultation to nursing and other direct care staff regarding physical, cognitive, emotional/behavioral, leisure, and social interventions for clients.  Follow-up and conduct cognitive testing per referral from Wellness nurse and provide recommendations to appropriate and available programs throughout the community.  Assist with budgetary responsibilities.  Assist with CQI projects and program evaluations.  Educate and advocate for Recreational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation Programs.  Attend and participate in professional workshops, conferences, and/or seminars to keep abreast of recent research and techniques.  Oversee Music Therapy Program collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music.  Supervise Music Therapy practicum students under the guidance of Music Therapy Program Director through Florida Gulf Coast University.  Oversee and maintain the Music and Memory Project in conjunction with Activity Department, including supervision of students from FGCU that are obtaining service learning hours.  Serve as co-supervisor for Recreation Therapy internship program and student interns.  Collaborate with Canine Companion handler on implementing one-to-one and small group programs with designated facility dog.  Implement one-to-one multi-sensory program based on the needs of each resident.  Maintain and build upon connections with affiliated schools to ensure marketing materials for Recreational Therapy internship program are up-to-date.  Assist in planning and implementation for the Brain Fit and Falls Education Aquatic Training (F.E.A.T.) classes in collaboration with Independent Living Wellness Department. Feel free to visit our website at for more information about our community. Angie Sardina, MS, CTRS Recreational Therapist at Cypress Cove 10500 Cypress Cove Dr. Ft. Myers, FL 33908 Office: 239-415-5100 ext. 6155 Fax: 239-415-5135


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