Western State Hospital is a state psychiatric hospital which is licensed and operated by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
Western State Hospital Rehabilitative Services Department - Therapeutic Recreation Interns
- Administering TR assessments
- Assignment to individual cases for 1:1 TR sessions
- Develop treatment plans for TR service delivery
- Implement therapeutic recreation programs
- Document participants responses to TR service
- Observe/assist/lead various treatment groups in PSR malls
- Participation in treatment teams, unit programs and management meetings
The TR intern will assist participants in developing skills, abilities, knowledge and attitudes necessary to successfully participate in leisure independently in the community through structured interventions and activity programs.
- Therapeutic Recreation Services: Focus on team identified treatment goals addressing functional limitations, which relate to or inhibit potential leisure involvement.
- Leisure Education: Focus on development of skills, attitudes and knowledge related to leisure participation and a healthy leisure lifestyle.
- Recreation Participation: Focus on providing opportunities for participants to independently engage in recreational experiences. Provide opportunities for self-expression and the application of internalized skills and or attitudes within the clinical in community milieus.
- Become familiar with facility. Review all pertinent hospital and departmental policies and procedures.
- Become familiar with patients hospital records.
- Administer TR assessment, develop treatment plans, goals and objectives.
- Be able to document participants response to treatment.
- Demonstrate working knowledge of PSR malls and Rehabilitative Services Department.
Week 1 – 2
The intern shall be in good academic standing with their respective university or college in his or her major or concentration. The program is to be accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association. Interns should have completed all of their therapeutic recreation course work required for their curriculum including an activities leadership course.