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Job: Recreational Therapist

Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center

Job Description

Job Type: Hourly

Wage: $23/hr. 

Location: Canon City, CO.

Job Description

Abraxas Youth and Family Services in Canon City, CO is seeking a Recreation Specialist, CTRS or CTRS Eligible, to plan and implement activity services for assigned program, which involves defining and implementing treatment goals as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and providing continuous patient care, observation, interaction, and role modeling to patients under the direction of the Director of Clinical Services. Recent graduates welcome!

If you are looking for an exciting, challenging opportunity to grow your career, don't wait - apply today to make Team ABRAXAS even stronger tomorrow!

Bonus: $5,000 sign on bonus


  • Ability to communicate in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Basic computer knowledge.


Education: Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in recreational therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, or Masters in art therapy. Other appropriate Human Services degree may be substituted.

Experience: Related experience, with knowledge of psychiatric patient care techniques with understanding of mental illness, preferred.

Licensure: Certification by state and/or national governing body in of the following areas: art, recreation, or music therapy or eligible.

Who We Are:

Abraxas Youth Family Services is a national nonprofit human services provider dedicated to Building Better Futures for at-risk youth, adults, and families. Our diversified array of services includes alternative education, outpatient counseling, in-home services, detention, shelter, residential treatment and re-entry/transition services.

Since 1973, Abraxas team members have positively impacted the lives of those we serve and the communities in which they live.

Benefits & Perks:

We provide a competitive and comprehensive benefits program that offers the protection, peace of mind and flexibility designed to support you – both at home and at work.

  • Medical Dental Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Basic Life Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Life Assistance Program (LAP)
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) * Paid Holidays * Paid Training
  • Advancement Opportunities

Summary and Responsibilities of the Position

  • Responsible for conducting recreation therapy activities at the treatment site.
  • Assists Senior Recreation Therapist with scheduled operations of art sessions, sports, team building activities, leisure education, milieu observation, physical fitness programming.
  • Assists in the coordination of all volunteers based recreational activities.
  • Participate in all clinical staffings and departmental meetings relevant to recreational therapy services.
  • Assists and co-leads recreational activities to include art sessions; team sports; leisure education; team building; and physical fitness activities.
  • Attends staffings, treatment team meetings, and management team meetings.
  • Assists in coordinating all volunteer-based recreational activities. Identifies potential conflicts in client interaction and makes recommendations for crisis intervention.
  • Monitors client behavior in the milieu to promote safety and enhance personal growth.
  • Documents client participation with clinically appropriate methods.
  • Monitors and evaluates physical fitness programming in order to facilitate physical health.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate professional boundaries between self, staff, patients, and all other professionals as identified in the Code of Ethics Policy.
  • Adheres to confidentiality requirements.
  • Adhere to Abraxas Youth And family services attendance policy; work overtime as required, to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Comply with company safety rules; take appropriate corrective action to ensure work is performed in a safe manner and without injury to self or others.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of staff in a manner that promotes team spirit and a sense of cooperation.
  • Support and promote the Sanctuary Model and its Commitments.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy one (1) year experience in training and/or residential care; or a combination of education and experience as approved.
  • Certification as Recreation Therapy Specialist.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification - Preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must pass background check and drug test.

Why Should You Consider Abraxas:

At Abraxas, we celebrate the richness of our diverse employees and the communities we serve. We are actively committed to building a culture of awareness and belonging, as we strive to ensure we are a welcoming, inclusive, and culturally competent organization. As we work to make a difference in people’s lives, we are dedicated to respect, equity, and the engagement of those we serve and our employees. As a Trauma-Informed Care Organization, we firmly believe in recovery and that our clients can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives, and we consider it an honor and a privilege to assist them in their journey.

Whether you’re looking to begin a rewarding career or you’re a seasoned professional wanting a new challenge, we have a place for you and opportunities for development at all levels. At Abraxas, everything we do centers around people. That is why we are committed to providing you with competitive pay and comprehensive benefit options that help make your life easier and healthier, with a focus on providing choice when it comes to physical, emotional and financial wellness. Our benefit options meet you where you are in your life and set you up for success both in and outside of work. If you want to have a positive impact in the lives of others, come join us!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Abraxas Youth Family Services, an affiliate of Apis Services Inc., offers a rewarding career for those passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. Abraxas is a great place to start your career whether you have a high school diploma or GED, military experience, some college, or a bachelor or advanced degree. If you are interested in counseling, juvenile justice, psychology, social work, teaching or just want to make a difference, we have a career path for you.

Apis Services, Inc. provides administrative services to a variety of businesses and non-profit agencies so they can focus on their individual goals and missions. Apis serves 30+ affiliates throughout the USA including locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Colorado, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

Join Us in Building Better Futures!

Interested in joining our outstanding team? If you have any questions, you can contact us by email at [email protected]

**Disclaimer: The duties and responsibilities described above are not a comprehensive list and additional tasks may be assigned to the employee, time to time; the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Click “View Application” below for more detail on this specific job. 

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