Houston, Texas


At Houston Methodist, the Therapeutic Recreation Therapist position is responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients that receive a physician order/referral for their services in the inpatient or acute care setting. This position completes a comprehensive assessment, sets goals, develops treatment plans, and adheres to patient care and documentation timelines that maintain the above stated.




Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Actively participates in patient care conferences and the discharge planning process, e.g. team conferences, equipment recommendation, consulting with Case Manager, etc. Collaborates with all members of the interprofessional care team by actively communicating and reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)
  2. Functions as a mentor for effective communication skills, assisting in team members’ development of such skills. Facilitates open, professional, communication to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear and professional. (EF)
  3. Works well with others and facilitates problem resolution. Role models fair and consistent skills, interacts with peers, staff and visitors in a supportive and respectful manner. Initiates contributions, through peer-to-peer accountability, towards improvement of department scores for employee engagement. (EF)


  1. Performs comprehensive patient evaluations, sets appropriate patient goals, develops effective treatment plans, and adheres to patient care and documentation timelines and guidelines per department policy and procedure. Consistently evaluates the patient’s comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly. (EF)
  2. Establishes and maintains professional relationships, trust and credibility with all on the interprofessional healthcare team, serving as clinical resource for routine matters with physicians for the service area and/or specialty. Serves as resource to colleagues, physicians, and nursing for best therapy practices and education. (EF)
  3. Acts as a patient advocate in collaborating with the interprofessional team for a holistic, goal-oriented approach to care across the continuum that meets the patient’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Achieves a high level of customer satisfaction (patients, physicians, co-workers, visitors, etc.). Contributes towards improving department scores for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard through peer-to-peer accountability. (EF)


  1. Develops patient treatment protocols and best practices for patient population or practice area. Proactively identifies opportunities for corrective action, leads process improvement providing recommendations, and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)
  2. Proactively anticipates complications, limitations associated with certain procedures, and proactively addresses for optimum outcomes. Provides safe, functionally relevant, and effective treatment interventions that are functionally and cognitively relevant through the use of recreational and educational supplies to promote patient participation. Collaborates and communicates with the interprofessional healthcare team modifications to patient's treatment plan, progress, and discharge planning. (EF)
  3. Contributes to identification of corrective action and improvement activities and contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety, through peer-to-peer accountability and collaborating with the interprofessional health care team. (EF)


  1. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively, minimizing incidental overtime, and prioritizing daily tasks. Uses resources effectively and efficiently; does not waste supplies. (EF)
  2. Works efficiently and effectively to achieve department standard for productivity. Contributes towards department financial targets on unit-based scorecard through timely documentation of care, optimizing efficiency and other areas according to department specifications. (EF)


  1. Offers innovative solutions through participation in performance improvement projects and shared governance activities. Follows up on action items as necessary to ensure completion of assignments. (EF)
  2. Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with department and business objectives. (EF)
  3. Identifies and assumes responsibility of own learning needs and seeks continuing education opportunities to meet those needs. Actively participates in professional association. Assumes responsibility for self-growth and development by participating in in-services programs. Completes and updates the My Development plan on an on-going basis. Ensures own career discussions occur with appropriate management. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



o Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a major in Therapeutic Recreation


o One year experience in a therapeutic recreational program in a health care settin



o Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification (TRS) with the State of Texas

o Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certification (CTRS) with the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) preferred



o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

o Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills (written and verbal communication, ability to deal with challenging situations, etc.)

o Ability to provide a supportive and engaging environment that enhances the quality of life for patients

o Knowledge and experience of engaging with long-term care patients

o Exhibits excellent delivery of customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians, and co-workers; demonstrates ability to establish and maintain highly effective professional relationships with physicians

o Demonstrates excellent time/project management skills and ability to effectively coordinate efforts and outcomes for the assigned area

o Ability to work independently

o Capable of handling challenging/difficult therapy procedures and patient care situations; demonstrates sound judgment

o Experience in a team focused work setting



Work Attire Yes/No

Uniform No

Scrubs Yes

Business professional Yes

Other (dept approved) No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)


*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.



May require travel within No

Houston Metropolitan area


May require travel outside No

of Houston Metropolitan area


**Travel specifications may vary by department.


Please note any other special considerations to this job: Must be able to work beyond regular business hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays _

Company Profile:

Based in the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is delivering on a mission started in 1919, which continues today – bringing quality, integrity, compassion and innovation into everything we do. As the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist, Houston Methodist Hospital is a nationally recognized medical center with a history of health care innovation. Houston Methodist Hospital was awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence for a fourth consecutive time by the ANCC. In addition, Houston Methodist Hospital was recently named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country’s top 20 hospitals and was also ranked the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the fifth consecutive year.

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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