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St. Luke's University Health Network Recreational Therapist (Psychiatric) in Allentown, Pennsylvania

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

The Recreational Therapist (Psychiatric) provides comprehensive recreational therapy intervention to patients receiving behavioral health services.


  • Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the patient treated.

  • Develops treatment plan to meet needs of patient, based on needs assessment, patient interests and objectives of therapy. Confers with other members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs.

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and participates in treatment programs and activities to facilitate patients’ recovery and integration into the community.

  • Obtains information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the patients themselves to assess patients’ capabilities, needs and interests.

  • Observes, analyzes and record patients’ participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed.

  • Conducts recreational therapy sessions to improve patients’ mental and physical well-being.

  • Counsels and encourages clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting leisure activities, such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and gardening.

  • Instructs patients in activities and techniques, such as sports, dance, music, art, or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs.

  • Assesses inventory and ordering supplies related to patient care of therapeutic programming.

  • Ensures a safe environment.

  • Remains current on trends in health care industry and specialty through professional affiliation.


Standing intermittently for minimum 45 minutes to 1 hour an 8 hour day. Walking intermittently. Sitting for 1 hour increments, 6 hours daily. Lifting occasionally using upper extremity, 1-10 lbs. Carrying occasionally 1-10 lbs. Push/pull occasionally 1-10lbs, rarely 11-75 lbs. Occasionally assumes varying positions at times in confined areas, including kneeling, crouching and reaching above should level. Frequently uses hands for feeling, fingering, handling and twisting rarely for firm grasping. Hearing as it relates to normal conversation and must be able to identify high and low frequencies. Seeing as it relates to general vision, near and far vision, color and peripheral/depth perception.


Required: Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation.


Required: Six to eight weeks of clinical fieldwork, experience in psychosocial dysfunction. Current CPR certification.

Preferred: Additional psychiatric experience.

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address. Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer. Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable. It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application. Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (http://www.slhn.org/EOE)

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (http://www.slhn.org/) (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 20,000 employees providing services at 15 campuses and 300+ outpatient sites. With annual net revenue of $3.5 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties in two states: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. St. Luke’s hospitals operate the largest network of trauma centers in Pennsylvania, with the Bethlehem Campus being home to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

SLUHN is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. It is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. The Network’s flagship University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from Fortune/Merative 11 times total and eight years in a row, including in 2023 when it was identified as THE #4 TEACHING HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY. In 2021, St. Luke’s was identified as one of the 15 Top Health Systems nationally.

SLUHN has been named a Top Workplaces 2023 by the Morning Call. In addition, St. Luke’s has been named a Top Workplace nationally, in the Philadelphia region, and in New Jersey. St. Luke’s is the ONLY healthcare institution in Pennsylvania and the third-highest ranked healthcare entity in the nation to be deemed a Top Workplace in 2023. In 2023, St. Luke’s was named one of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes. St. Luke’s was the only employer in the Lehigh Valley to be named to the list and was one of only two healthcare employers in Pennsylvania to receive the designation. St. Luke’s University Health Network is the top-ranked Lehigh Valley-based employer in Forbes Magazine’s ranking of employers in Pennsylvania.

Learn More Here. (http://www.slhn.org/About)