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Professional Summary

Qualified Recreation Therapist and experienced in program design and development. Extensive experience in conducting client assessments, developing objectives, implementing individual treatment plans, and facilitating recreational activities.

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Work Experience
Motion Picture & Television Fund June 2016 to Current Lead Recreation Therapist / Acute Psychiatric Unit
Woodland Hills, CA
  • Assess patients' needs through observations, medical records, tests, and talking with other healthcare professionals, patients' families, and patients
  • Create treatment plans and programs that meet patients' needs and interests
  • Plan and implement interventions to prevent harm to a patient
  • Engage patients in therapeutic activities, such as games and field trips
  • Help patients learn social skills needed to become or remain independent
  • Teach patients about ways to cope with anxiety or depression
  • Record and analyze a patient's progress
  • Evaluate interventions for effectiveness
  • Oversee program development and structural changes
  • Conduct staff evaluation and training 
College Hospital Costa Mesa January 2015 to May 2015 Internship / Activity Leader
Costa Mesa, CA
  • Facilitated activities in the acute psychiatric unit
  • Documented progress notes and processed data on a daily basis
  • Coordinate activities according to clients diagnosis and functional level
  • Provided educational learning of leisure services to all clients
  • Implemented and planned  therapeutic activities
  • Oversee program design and structure 
Social Vocational Services Inclusion Center January 2010 to January 2015 Activities Director
Norwalk, CA
  • Facilitate therapeutic activities
  • Managed program development
  • Performed Intake assessment with clients and implemented. treatment goals and objectives
  • Lead IEP meetings with multidisciplinary team
  • Payroll, staff scheduling, program budget
Cole Vocational Services January 2002 to January 2010 Activities Director
Long Beach, CA
  • Program and event planning, implement daily thematic activities
  • Administrative duties such as payroll and staff scheduling
  • Developed Individual treatment plan and objectives
  • Supervised and directed department staff
  • In charge of conducting IEP meetings along with a multidisciplinary team
  • Develop therapeutic activity sheets
California State University Long Beach 2014 Bachelor of Arts: Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy Certified

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    War Memorial Hospital July 2014 to Current Recreational Therapist
    • Assessing Patients and implementing treatment plan.
    • Educate patients on Leisure Skills.
    Kingston Rehabilitation of Perrysburg July 2013 to August 2014 Recreational Director
    Perrysburg, OH
    • Assisting Patients with daily care.
    • Providing recreation to the patients.
    • Serving on the leadership board.
    • Providing community service to the elderly.
    Tendercare of Gaylord May 2011 to July 2013 Life Enrichment Director
    Gaylord, Michigan'
    • Educating and directing volunteers.
    • Assistance residents in everyday care.
    • Interview and assess residents leisure skills.
    Northern Michigan Regional Hospital January 2003 to December 2010 Psycho education Specialist / Recreational Therapist
    Petoskey, MI
    • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team to provide patient-centered care.
    • Actively participate in program development and implementation, pet therapy, art and healing, and exercise into patient programming.
    • Implement psycho education to patients based on individual learning needs and preferences.
    • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) trained.
    University of Toledo Medical Center January 1986 to January 2003 Recreation Therapist
    Toledo, Ohio
    • Worked with inpatients, providing a therapeutic structure, support and educational experience
    • Designed and implemented treatment plans
    • Socialized and planned recreational activities and community resources for the unit
    University of Toledo 1986 Bachelor of Education degree: Education and Allied Health Toledo, Ohio
    Professional Affiliations

    National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification- 20416


    directing, leadership, program development, programming,

    Additional Information
    • CPR Certified
    • CPI Certified

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    Professional Summary
    Certified therapeutic recreation specialist dedicated to the rehabilitation of psychiatric populations through therapeutic activities and recreation. Possess over 25 years of experience in psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, including extensive responsibilities for development, implementation and overall management of therapeutic programs tailored for the needs of children, adolescents and adults.
    • National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certificate (NCTRC)
    • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Crisis Prevention Intervention techniques (CPI)


    Employment History
    Recreation Therapist, 01/2018 to Current
    Gulfport Behavioral Health System Gulport, MS
    • Design and implement age appropriate group therapy programs that assist patients build positive communication skills, increase leisure/recreation skills, improve physical fitness and increase relaxation skills.
    • Administer and interpret assessments, develop goals and objectives in coordination with individual treatment plans with regards to patient age, mental, and physical abilities.
    • Design and conduct age appropriate recreation therapy services and programs corresponding with the developmental needs of the patient.
    • Participate in multidisciplinary treatment team process, develop interventions and report patient participation, behavior, and progress towards meeting  treatment goals. 
    • Manage crisis and behavior issues that occur during  group session. 
    • Document patient progress daily.
    • Purchase and maintain recreation equipment and supplies.  
    Recreation Therapist, 08/2000 to 12/2017
    Memorial Behavioral Health Gulfport, MS 39503
    • Designed and implemented age appropriate group therapy programs directed towards promoting acquisition of healthy coping skills, resolution of maladaptive behavioral patterns and increased self-awareness and control of affective responses.
    • Administered and interpreted assessments, developed goals and objectives in coordination with individual treatment plan with regard to patient age, mental, and physical abilities. 
    • Participated in multidisciplinary treatment team process, developed interventions and reported patient participation, behavior, and progress towards meeting goals.
    • Compiled patient progress notes daily and entered into electronic chart.
    • Purchased and maintained recreation equipment and supplies.
    Recreation Therapist I, 07/1998 to 07/2000
    St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Hospital St. Louis, MO
    • Administered and interpreted annual assessments to develop goals and objectives in coordination with individual treatment plans.
    • Participated in interdisciplinary treatment team process and reported client participation, behavior, and progress towards meeting goals.
    • Compiled individual progress notes which describe client behaviors, interventions, results of the interventions, and recommendations for future treatment.
  •  Trained and supervised psychiatric aides to conduct various   leisure/recreation activities.
  • Activity Therapist, 08/1989 to 07/1998
    Sand Hill Hospital Gulfport, MS
    • Implemented group therapy programs specifically directed towards promoting healthy coping skills, resolution of maladaptive behavioral patterns and increased self-awareness and control of affective responses.
    • Ensured quality enhancement of patients therapeutic experience by incorporating into group program activities that assist clients in building positive communication skills, increased recreation/leisure skills, improved physical fitness, and increased relaxation skills.
    • Designed and implemented activity therapy services and programs to correspond with the individualized treatment plans.
    • Administered assessments, observed, interpreted and reported patient participation and behaviors for patient evaluations, developed patient goals and objectives for individual treatment plans.
    Bachelor of Science: Therapeutic Recreation, University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, MS
    Associate of Arts: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Perkinston, MS