CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Recreational Therapists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity. Observe, analyze, and record patients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.
 
Develop treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests and objectives of therapy.
 
Encourage clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.
 
Counsel and encourage patients to develop leisure activities.
 
Confer with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.
 
Conduct therapy sessions to improve patients' mental and physical well-being.
 
Instruct patient in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.
 
Obtain information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients' capabilities, needs and interests.
 
Plan, organize, direct and participate in treatment programs and activities to facilitate patients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community and prevent further medical problems.
 
Prepare and submit reports and charts to treatment team to reflect patients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Avid Technology Sibelius Music or sound editing software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Hyperscore Music or sound editing software
 
MakeMusic Finale Music or sound editing software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Musical instrument digital interface MIDI software Music or sound editing software
 
Patient electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Steinberg Media Technologies Cubase software Music or sound editing software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
 
Acoustic guitars Guitars
 
Archery bows Archery bows
 
Audio tape recorders Cassette players or recorders
 
Baseball bats Baseball bats
 
Baseballs Baseballs
 
Basketballs Basketballs
 
Bicycles Bicycles
 
Bowling balls Bowling equipment
 
Canoes Canoes or kayaks
 
Compact disk CD players Compact disk players or recorders
 
Croquet equipment Croquet sets
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital audio recorders Digital voice recorders
 
Digital camcorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital drumsticks Percussion instrument accessory
 
Drum sets Drums
 
Electronic keyboards Pianos
 
Electronic metronomes Metronomes
 
Exercise bicycles Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Fishing poles Fishing rods
 
Fluidotherapy equipment Extremity hydrotherapy baths or tanks
 
Footballs Footballs
 
Free weights Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Golf clubs Golf clubs
 
Handbells Bells
 
Harmonicas Harmonicas
 
Headpointers Headpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challenged
 
Kayaks Canoes or kayaks
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Motorized wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Oil painting brushes Specialty brushes
 
Patient hoists Patient lifts or accessories
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pianos Pianos
 
Ping pong paddles Table tennis paddles
 
Pool cues Pool cues
 
Pottery wheels Potters wheels for hand made ceramics
 
Racing wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Recreational rowboats Recreational rowboats
 
Recreational sailboats Recreational sailboats
 
Shuffleboard equipment Shuffleboard
 
Skeet shooting equipment Trapshooting equipment
 
Snow skis Skis
 
Softballs Softballs
 
Tennis rackets Tennis racquets
 
Therapeutic treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Therapeutic weight machines Weight machines for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Volleyballs Volleyballs
 
Water skis Water skis or accessories
 
Wood carving tools Carving tools
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Activities Director
Activity Assistant
Activity Coordinator
Activity Director
Activity Therapist
Adventure Therapist
Art Therapist
Certified Recreational Therapist
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Child Life Therapist
Dance Therapist
Director of Therapeutic Activities
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Drama Therapist
Ecotherapist
General Activities Therapist
Horticultural Therapist
Music Therapist
Music Therapist (Rehabilitation)
Recreation Director
Recreation Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Recreational Therapy Aide
Recreational Therapy Technician
Rehabilitation Therapist
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Therapeutic Specialist
Therapist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Recreational Therapists
 
 
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