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Recreational Therapist Bachelors, Rehabilitation Services, Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services – Coquitlam, BC


Recreational Therapist
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Coquitlam, BC

What you’ll do

  • Assess patient’s current level of recreation functioning and determines the requirements for programming through methods such as selecting and/or developing appropriate assessment tools; interviewing and assessing patients, reviewing the health record, using input from other health care professionals, considering available history and leisure analysis; determining strengths, functioning level and potential; analyzing the therapeutic needs of the patient; and attending and consulting with other members of the interdisciplinary team at Treatment Planning Conferences in order to receive and provide Information for the assessment.
  • Plan, develop and arrange both on a short and long-term basis, individual and group therapeutic recreation program and services by methods such as translating therapeutic recreation plans into action plans defining objectives and strategies for intervention by the interdisciplinary team and other individuals; contacting services and resources in the community; enrolling patients in programs and/or arranging in-services; ensuring patients have proper equipment and supplies; arranging transportation when required; ensuring recreation programs and services are regularly scheduled; coordinating programs in conjunction with dietary, nursing and other disciplines; and reviewing, adapting and documenting changes in recreation plans to reflect patients’ progress.
  • Implement safe and secure recreation therapy services for patients and staff by methods such as ensuring patients have the necessary security clearance to attend designated programs and escorting patients who do not have grounds clearance; taking attendance and immediately initiating appropriate security procedures if a discrepancy is discovered; checking that all equipment, tools, materials and chemicals used in the program are accounted for; observing patient behaviour and noting any patient behavioural changes which may be of a safety or security concern and immediately initiating appropriate security and reporting procedures; reviewing patient progress and modifying recreation care plans as required; supporting and assisting in patient intervention procedures; evaluating recreation programs and making changes as indicated; and ensuring that the facility and equipment do not become a security risk when working with maximum security patients.

What you bring


  • Diploma in Recreation Therapy from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Two (2) years recent related experience working in a psychiatric setting with individuals who have complex mental health and addictions issues or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Eligible for membership in the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Knowledge of recreation therapy theory and practice within an evidence-based, patient and family-centered, psychosocial rehabilitation model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient care.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, lead and evaluate therapeutic recreation programs and to coach patients and co-workers both one-on-one and in groups.  
  • Demonstrated ability to apply psychosocial rehabilitation techniques.
  • The ability to teach and supervise patients while empowering them to assume control over their health.
  • Effective communication, both orally and in writing, with patients and their families, colleagues, physicians, other health care staff, community service providers and the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately document patient information on the health record and to prepare treatment plans, progress notes and evaluation reports
  • Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
  • 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 impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, 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 (1.00 FTE)
: $37.80 to $47.20 per hour
70 Colony Farm Road, Coquitlam, BC, V3C 5X9
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 
Sunday 1215-2015/Monday 1215-2015/Tues 0830-1630/Wed 0830-1630/Thurs 0830-1630

Requisition # 149571

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

BC Mental 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.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.

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