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Recreation Therapist, Red Fish Healing Centre - BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services - Coquitlam, BC


Recreation Therapist
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC

What you’ll do 

  • Provide Recreation Therapy assessment and plan and provide interventions in accordance with current evidence-based models and established standards of practice, and the client and family-centered plan of treatment by reviewing records, identifying priority client goals/issues/needs/expectations, planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting clinical Recreation Therapy services to maintain clients’ optimal health and well-being.
  • Participate in the design, delivery, and coordination of Recreation Therapy services for clients by methods such as evaluating recreation and leisure needs and interests of clients, establishing recreation services to meet the varied interests of clients, working with recreation assistants, students, and volunteers to carry out related programs and coordinate inter-floor and facility-wide activities and schedules. Establish working relationships with other disciplines and medical staff. Determine appropriate adaptations for recreation activity.
  • Coordinate the work activities of designated staff and students, provide work direction, review workflow, and facilitate workplace solutions with supervisory personnel. Provide feedback and participate in developing goals and objectives for the recreation service with the Practice Leader, designated management, and other designated team members to ensure that accreditation and Recreation Therapy safety standards are maintained and services are performed in an effective, efficient, and cost-effective manner.
  • Design and develop a recreation program suitable to the varying needs and interests of clients. Collaborate with the team, recreation assistants, volunteer services, and community-based groups and organizations to enhance recreation and leisure involvement of all clients within the program/site and the broader community. As applicable, make connections with various groups to encourage regular use of facility space and involvement of clients in recreation/leisure activities.
  • Provide and promote leadership and maintain knowledge in Recreation Therapy and clinical practice related to the nature and scope of human service delivery systems, program-specific health management, and the diversity of client populations, including cultural and diagnostic groups served within the therapeutic recreation process. This includes etiology, symptomatology, prognosis, treatment of conditions, and related secondary complications by methods such as facilitating continuous learning, reviewing literature in designated areas, consulting with clinical and community experts, evaluating clinical practice and referral systems, developing or revising practice guidelines, and developing/presenting education sessions based on knowledge of Recreation Therapy.

What you bring


  • Diploma in Recreation Therapy from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Two (2) years' recent, related experience working with the designated population group in the applicable program area/setting, such as individuals with complex concurrent psychiatric disorder and/or substance use issues and/or individuals who have a developmental disability and concurrent mental health and/or behavioural issues, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Eligible for membership in the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA).
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Comprehensive knowledge of evidence-based Recreation Therapy practice related to applicable program health issues and treatment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories and concepts of therapeutic recreation, leisure, social psychology and current trends and practice in designated areas.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of recreation therapy theory and practice within a client and family centred model of care.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of organizing therapeutic recreation services including the development of a written plan or operation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed and culturally safe care and its application to the defined population of clients.
  • Broad knowledge of research process and methodology.
  • Commitment to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents – including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study – and how they intersect across the health care system.
  • Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
  • As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities of settler colonialism on Indigenous Peoples and familiarity with addressing Indigenous-specific anti-racism, anti-racism and Indigenous Cultural Safety and foundational documents and legislative commitments (The Declaration Act, the Declaration Action Plan, TRC, IPS, Remembering Keegan, etc.).

What we bring

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
  • Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
  • Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
  • Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.

Job Type: Regular, Full-Time

Wage: $37.89 - $47.31 per hour
Location: 2745 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam BC V3C 4J2
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 
Sunday-Thursday, Sun 12:30-20:30; Monday-Thursday 09:00-17:00

Requisition # 167692E

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

What we do

BCMental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose.

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PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

PHSA is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. With learning and compassion, we are addressing existing inequities and barriers throughout our systems. PHSA is seeking to create a diverse workforce and to establish an inclusive and culturally safe environment. We invite applications and enquiries from all people, particularly those belonging to the historically, systemically, and/or persistently marginalized groups identified under the B.C. Human Rights Code.

One of PHSA’s North Star priorities is to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, which includes dismantling barriers to health care employment at every level. We welcome Indigenous individuals to apply and/or contact the Sanya'kula Team (Indigenous Recruitment & Employee Experience) for support at

Indigenous-specific anti-racism initiatives are rooted in addressing the unique forms of discrimination, historical and ongoing injustices, and marginalization faced by Indigenous peoples. These initiatives align with an Indigenous rights-based approach, recognizing the inherent rights and self-determination of Indigenous communities. PHSA must uphold legislative obligations and provincial commitments found in the foundational documents such as including Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Reclaiming Power and Place Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Calls for Justice (2019), the Declaration Act Action Plan and Remembering Keegan: A First Nations Case Study.

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