OASAS Peer Certificate and other Peer Certificate holders strongly encouraged to apply.
The Recreation Specialist engages people with mental illness and assists them in meeting the demands of community living by teaching them the necessary skills through a planned program of social, recreational and personal development activities designed to support their recovery, independence and self-determination, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.
Work independently in the field, and as a member of a team to ensure the safety and well being of all residents receiving services
Search for, integrate, and act as liaison to, appropriate and available community resources and recreational, social and personal development opportunities
Facilitate resident empowerment committees/activities
Provide training and assist residents with the safe handling of food and preparation of meals as needed
Provide training for residents in the organization and maintenance of their apartments and personal living space
Participate in a 24/7 crisis response rotation, as indicated
Perform all duties in a manner that is appreciative of residents’ strengths and supportive of their continued recovery
Be informed of resident’s backgrounds, histories and assessments Encourage residents to function independently through prompts and role modeling
Assist residents in identifying and creating as many natural supports as possible
Acknowledge success and engage residents in collaborative problem solving
Create, and link residents/consumers to, appropriate social, recreational and personal development opportunities: engage residents in expressing recreational , social and personal development preferences
Develop monthly recreation schedule in consultation with Program Director
- As needed, serve as an advocate for residents in overcoming stigma and other barriers to community integration
- Maintain up to date, accurate, complete and timely documentation (handwritten and electronic word-processing) of resident progress in individual client records.
- Support, guide and counsel residents towards self-management and self advocacy in all areas of functioning