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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.

Areas of Expertise
  • Risk Management & Assessment
  • MS Business Software
  • Managing Preformance 
  • Bilingual
  • Stress Management 
  • Forward Thinking 
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
Education
California State University Long Beach 2014 Bachelor of Arts: Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy Certified

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Experience
    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
    Education
    University of Toledo 1986 Bachelor of Education degree: Education and Allied Health Toledo, Ohio
    Professional Affiliations

    National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification- 20416

    Skills

    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.
    Skills
    • 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.
    Education
    Bachelor of Science: Therapeutic Recreation, University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, MS
    Associate of Arts: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Perkinston, MS
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    Professional Overview
    Personable and proactive Therapeutic Counselor bringing 10+ years in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals struggling with mental health and behavioral disorders. My qualifications include being focused on building positive rapport with a diverse range of clients. Critical thinker who thrives under pressure.
    Summary of Skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • Attachment Regulation Competency
    • MANDT system
    • TARGET system
    • ABCD program
    • Therapeutic Assessment Communication Education
    • Attentive listener
    • CPR certification
    • Clinical documentation
    • Exceptional problem solver
    • Peer Mediation
    • ASAP (Assaulted Staff Action Program) responde
    Education
    Bachelor of Science: Therapeutic Recreational Service 2002 University of Connecticut
    Professional Experience
    Care Coordinator 08/2015 to Current ICL, Inc Brooklyn, NY
    • Conducts initial and ongoing assessments of assigned clients diagnosed with mental illness to document strengths, needs, goals and resources.
    • Maintain documents, records, statistics, and other related reports in an organized, timely and accurate manner as per policy and procedure.
    • Acts as a linkage to community services including medical, behavioral, residential, entitlement and any other needed services per interdisciplinary care plan.
    • Develop and implement individualized comprehensive treatment plans in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team.
    • Advocate for clients in need of social, medical, financial, mental health, and crisis intervention services.
    • Communicate with public social and welfare agencies to obtain and provide information
    • Refer families to food banks, financial assistance programs, employment and training support and health and immigration services.
    • Attend and participate in team meetings to provide input/feedback and review client status, update plans and goals, review outcomes to further program goals
    Children's Service Worker 04/2005 to 05/2015 DCF Albert J. Solnit Children's Center Middletown, CT
    • Developed counseling methodologies for residents for the purpose of institutionalization problems, progress on the unit and placement plans; participated in maintaining a therapeutic milieu by meeting psychological and physical needs of residents.
    • Improved implementation of gender specific approaches that improved the growth and skill development for residents in a hospital setting; provided therapeutic support for residents in acute situations; implemented interventions minimizing the use of restraints and seclusion, while increasing levels of emotional regulation for the residents.
    • Successfully maintained a therapeutic psychiatric residential environment which fostered self-worth and self-identity for residents with emotional and behavioral disorders.
    Rehabilitation Therapist Assistant II 12/2003 to 04/2005 DCF Albert J. Solnit Children's Center Middletown, CT
    • Successful in developing positive and strong rapports with residents of various disabilities, such as autism, borderline personality and conduct disorders, self destructive as well as assaultive clientele.
    • Utilized therapeutic constructive rehabilitative activities in skilled crafts and various art forms; participated in interdisciplinary treatment teams; submitted reports and assessments documenting resident behavioral response and progress.
    • Developed knowledge in rehabilitative principles and practices; some knowledge of physical and psychosocial disorders; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to discern program results.
    Recreation Therapist 12/2002 to 12/2003 The Kennedy Center, Inc Bridgeport, CT
    • Evaluates client level of functioning by assessing behavior and reviewing social and emotional case histories, writes and implements plans using a specific modality; conducts individual and group activities.
    • Actively participating in admission, treatment and discharge planning, attend case conferences, use data from observation and diagnostic evaluations to develop goals and new activities; administers and interprets evaluations in specialty areas.
    • Implemented principles and practices of therapeutic discipline; knowledge of physical, mental, and psychosocial disorders; knowledge of individual and group dynamics.