Recreational Therapist

Dixon, Illinois   |     Regular Full Time    |     Job ID:18509


Wexford Health

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POSITION: Recreational Therapist 

SCHEDULE: 10:00am-6:00pm Monday-Friday (Weekends off)

FACILITY: Dixon Correctional Center




Wexford Health is proud to offer a competitive benefits package including:

  • Annual pay increase
  • 40 Paid Days Off Per Year
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • 401(k) plan with 50% match
  • Company-paid short-term disability
  • Healthcare and dependent care spending account


Under the direct supervision of the designated Wexford Health Manager and the Clinical supervision from the Mental Health Supervisor. Provide offenders with treatment services to restore, remediate, or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effect of illness or disability. Activity therapists will provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve offender health and well-being. Treatment services include assessment of the offender, interpretation of assessment results, making therapeutic intervention recommendations, developing and implementing treatment or habilitation program, observing, evaluating, and reporting offenders reaction to treatment/habilitation program and recommendation continuation or change, and developing work plans and procedures with higher level mental health staff or mental health supervisor.


  1. Plan, develop, and apply therapeutic interventions based on clinical techniques and procedures related to recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy, dance therapy and drama therapy.
  2. Identify interest and evaluate needs to develop recreational interventions to treat offenders with mental illness or development disability based on professional knowledge, skills and abilities.
  3. Participate in treatment/habilitation team meetings with pertinent personal such as mental health professionals, physicians, nurses, counselors, and educators regarding offender treatment and programming.
  4. Participate in the preparation of or prepare documentation relating to a offenders treatment or habilitation plan and participate in the preparation of regular, annual, quarterly, and special reports of activity therapy services.
  5. Provide professional direction to other staff and volunteers
  6. Develop and conduct recreational programs designed for either group or individual participation, collect and analyze data to evaluate progress towards objectives: develop recommendations for the treatment/habilitation team as to the offender continuation or change in specific programs.
  7. Conduct recreational therapy that meets the needs of the offender served , participate in the development of facility wide therapy programs.
  8. Participate in in-service education
  9. Utilizes referral process to appropriate health care providers as necessary
  10. Communicates information to ancillary departments using established referral process
  11. Maintains the confidentiality of inmate records.
  12. Approaches change in a positive manner.
  13. Makes suggestions for improving work conditions to the Medical Director and Health Care Unit Administrator.
  14. Accepts constructive criticism in stressful situations.
  15. Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, perform duties as required assigned.
  16. Conforms to Wexford Health Sources, Inc., and facility regulations as appropriate, to include, but not be limited to:
  • Dress code
  • Schedule/time sheet/time clock
  • Safety and security regulations
  • Procedure for sick leave/vacation time/education seminars

The duties and responsibilities outlined herein are for payroll purposes only; employees may be assigned other duties as required.


Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.  Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.

TRAVEL: None required.



  • Certification as a Recreational Therapist (CTRS)
  • Current CPR certification

EXPERIENCE: Correctional Experience

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation





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