HEARTLAND FAMILY SERVICE Recreational Therapist in COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa

At Heartland Family Service, we are committed to building a culture that is trauma informed and values and celebrates diversity and inclusion. We believe this allows for better service delivery and innovation, as it encourages our employees to bring various experiences and uniqueness to the workplace. Trauma Informed Care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Trauma Informed Care also acknowledges the effects of working with trauma survivors on our workforce, and seeks to build collaborative and supportive working environments and relationships. If you believe in our mission of creating healthy families and communities, and like a fast pace, collaborative and team oriented environment, then Heartland Family Service is the agency for you. SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF WORKThe Recreational Therapist is responsible for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of clients in terms of leisure and recreational pursuits. Must complete all duties assigned to an employee at Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School, implement recreational therapy programs and activities to improve the functioning of participants who have a wide variety of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs under the clinical supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Supports and lives out the mission of Heartland Family Service.Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesiImplements group and individual activities to improve or maintain the participants cognitive, physical, social, and psychosocial, and artistic needs.iImplements activities for emotionally disturbed-specific population focusing on small groups, one-on-one programming, and sensory stimulation.iAssist with outings and special events in the community. Duties include accompanying participants on outings or as assigned with the school program.iFollows a monthly calendar of activities.iShares in the responsibility of ensuring the well-being, safety and daily needs for all students at the school.iPlans curriculum, lessons, and activities daily as needed.iEvaluates student progress.iMonitors student progress in and outside of the room daily as needed.iEvaluates student progress based on activities and observations, determines goals, objectives and directions daily as needed.iAttends meetings with student, staff, parents and other community support members to evaluate student needs and progress.iDiagnoses and assesses student strengths and needs.iTranslates lesson plans into developmentally-appropriate learning experiences daily.iEmploys a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.iTakes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities daily.iIdentifies pupil needs and makes appropriate referrals and assists in developing strategies for individual plans daily as needed.iCommunicates regularly with parents outside of the normal classroom day by various means such as newsletters, notes, phone calls, conferences, etc. daily as needed.iIs dependable and punctual regarding scheduling and attendance.iDisplays a courteous and caring attitude at all times to the clientele, volunteers, and visitors of the agency.iCooperates and collaborates with program area staff, volunteers, and other agency staff.iAbides by all specific program and agency procedures, policies, and requirements.iDevelops personal and program related skills through participation in internal and external training opportunities including printed material and audio and/or visual media.iPerforms other program related duties as assigned.i*Creates, maintains and shares as appropriate a dynamic self-care plan.i*Strives to make connections betwee