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Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) - Child and Adolescent

Chattanooga, TN, United States


SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time

Parkridge Valley Hospital 
Chattanooga, TN

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist – Child & Adolescent Campus

Shift Details: Full Time Days with Rotating Weekends

Are you seeking an opportunity to work with children and teens that are working through emotional and/or behavioral challenges?  At our Parkridge Valley Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital and Residential campus, we give you the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.  Watch this Child and Adolescent Campus Video to learn more about what we do!

Job Summary:

The CTRS is responsible for planning, organizing, and developing activities for children and adolescents, and is an active partner in the multidisciplinary team.


  • Plans and implements therapeutic recreational programs and activities for children and adolescents (ages 4 to 18)
  • Conducts interviews, tests and other procedures to evaluate the patient’s needs, attitudes, interests and abilities.
  • Develops a therapeutic intervention plan based on observations, tests and other information, evaluates patient’s participation in program activities and progress towards established goals and objectives and documents response to various treatments and activities.
  • Participates in the program management team.
  • Assists in developing protocols, treatment guidelines, education materials and specialized programs for patients.
  • Serves as a community resource on recreational therapy and related health care issues.
  • Is able to set limits as needed by recognizing potential behavior problems and does so in a caring and consistent manner.
  • Conducts various therapeutic recreation programs for patients including but not limited to outdoor adventure/wilderness programs, physical activity programs (sports, group games, dancing), creative expressive programs (dramatics, music, arts and crafts) and special events and programs.
  • Works intensively with patients as part of their treatment program, coaching and supervising them in active sports, group games, dancing, dramatics and related activities; and participates, if necessary, to encourage participation.


Bachelor’s Degree in related field and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist required.  Experience in therapeutic activities in a behavioral health setting strongly preferred. 

Parkridge ValleyHospitals are comprised of four locations. We have two inpatient sites in Chattanooga, one inpatient site in Jasper, and an outpatient only location in Cleveland. Our Chattanooga and Jasper locations also offer intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization. Parkridge Valley has been providing behavioral health services in the area for over 40 years.


The Parkridge Child & Adolescent Campus provides service for children and teens.  Our services include short-term hospitalization for children and adolescents who require acute, structured short-term hospitalizations, and a residential program for children and adolescents who are having emotional ad/or behavioral challenges. Valley Academy, accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education, serves both regular education and special education students for our residential patients is located on the campus.






  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist required.  
  • Experience in therapeutic activities in a behavioral health setting strongly preferred. 

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Parkridge Health System
Facility: Parkridge Valley Hospital
Job ID: 00584-14699
Category: Behavioral and Social Work
Contract: Days (rotating weekends)
Shift: Full-time
Job Class: Regular

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