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Top 30 Recreational Therapists Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What has been your favorite experience working in therapeutic recreation so far?
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Question 2 of 30
How would your former employer describe you?
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"My old boss says I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. At the adult day care program I had several difficult patients. Even though I worked longer hours, I learned how to address behavioral issues and really got to help my patients by spending more intensive time with them. I maintained in good spirits and I didn't let the challenges overwhelm me."
Think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace. "My old boss says I'm easy to work with because I have a good attitude, even when I have a heavy workload. At the adult day care program I had several difficult patients. Even though I worked longer hours, I learned how to address behavioral issues and really got to help my patients by spending more intensive time with them. I maintained in good spirits and I didn't let the challenges overwhelm me." Explain why your coworkers think you have these traits or an experience that shows off these characteristics. Prepare three examples that you can use when you interview. These examples can also be applied when talking about your strengths, another potential interview question.
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Question 3 of 30
What characteristics make you a great fit for this role?
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Look over the job description before your interview to notice the qualities the company is looking for. Now think about how you embody some of those traits. Recreational therapists need to have excellent communication skills and people skills. You will also need to be patient and flexible. Make a list of your top five characteristics that would help you meet the criteria for the role. Show off your strengths to prove to the interviewer that you are the best fit for this role!
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Question 4 of 30
Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation headed?
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The interviewer wants to find out if you think about the future. As a recreational therapist, you are setting up programs and facilitating activities with the goal of assisting your patients in their recovery process. Think about some of your professional goals and how you intend to meet them in the next five years. Try to think of ways that the company and this position will help you to achieve your goals. For example, you may want to work at a substance abuse center as a recreational therapist. Focus your response on ways that the position you're interviewing for will help you to achieve this goal. Think about some of the other steps you'll need to take in order to get there. Identify how this position will equip you with the skills and experience you need to be successful!
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Question 5 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Think of a trait that your family members praise you for time and time again. Is might be something you have worked at for years or is could be a quality that comes naturally to you. Strengths can be skills or qualities that can help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand patient or client needs, and apply what you have learned in your training every day. Being perceptive and observant will assist you with your interactions with others. Attention to detail will help you notice and correct mistakes. Consider the strengths that make you exceptional at your job and write them down to prepare for your interview.
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Question 6 of 30
What do you wish someone would have told you before you started working as a recreational therapist?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you establish relationships with your patients?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you incorporate families and loved ones?
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Question 9 of 30
What sort of game would you suggest for a group of adults who could not walk?
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Question 10 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 11 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your assessment skills.
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Question 13 of 30
What types of experiences do you have working with the elderly population?
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Question 14 of 30
What is your favorite population to work with? Why?
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Question 15 of 30
What aspects of therapeutic recreation do you least enjoy?
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Question 16 of 30
What is the greatest challenge recreational therapists face?
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Question 17 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 18 of 30
What types of activities would you use with a child recovering from a broken arm?
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Question 19 of 30
Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation?
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Question 20 of 30
What social activities have you created to help a patients social skills?
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Question 21 of 30
What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? How did you overcome it?
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Question 22 of 30
Do you have a bachelor's degree? Tell me about your education.
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Question 23 of 30
While attending post-secondary studies, what was your best course? Least favorite course?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time you tailored an activity for a patient.
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Question 25 of 30
What are your career goals?
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Question 26 of 30
Do you have any experience with addiction? Explain.
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Question 27 of 30
How would you motivate patients who were not participating?
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Question 28 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 29 of 30
Where would you like your career as a recreational therapist to go?
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Question 30 of 30
Have you obtained your Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation?
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Question 1 of 30
What has been your favorite experience working in therapeutic recreation so far?
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I have worked the past two summers as a TR assistant and have carried out the implementation of the APIE process.
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My experience in therapeutic recreation has been very rewarding. I have completed two fieldworks, along with volunteer work, and service learning classes. These have given me a tremendous amount o of hands on experience planning implementing and evaluation leisure and recreation activities.
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I have taken classes related to recreation in high school as well as attending the University of Waterloo for recreation and leisure. Although I have only completed my first year I am very confident in my abilities and what I have learned so far.
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I volunteer at northwood for 2 years and at shannex for 5 months.
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I have volunteered with swim lessons at MFB, worked as a special needs counselor and then in leadership over special needs programming in both a camp and a church, conducted my internship at a camp that served kids and adults with developmental disabilities, and am now working to provide quality programming for at-risk youth. Though most of my experience is not under the specific title of "recreational therapist", they are experiences in which I have taken the time to get to know individuals and assess their needs, plan activities accordingly, implement those activities myself or train staff to do so, and then evaluate the success of the activity before moving forward.
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Low and hihg cognitive levels people who are unable to do our activities at a time, Iheard many stories which senoirs shared with me.
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Graduated in the field and have over 18years working in the recreation therapy, providing meaningful activities to individuals from large group to small group to one on one . From many variety of disability, Alzheimer's, anxiety, abuse physical limations . Able to Cary out care plans, work in team setting and on my own .
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I have worked as a director independent Living, skilled living, coordinator of memory unit, created intergenerational programs, promoted and implemented events for families and residents, trained volunteers,
Question 2 of 30
How would your former employer describe you?
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Very hard work I can reach to individual needs by making the clients feels safe comfortable and listened by me.
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They would describe me as dedicated, energetic, and flexible.
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My former employer would describe me as a person who cooperates well with others, and very dedicated to any task I have to complete.
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At my last job we had year end evaluations and I have received good evaluations each year in categories such as customer service, ability to complete work.
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Organized, driven and motivated, involved, wanting to improve lives of others.
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Out going and hard working.
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Tim would describe me as a leader that people want to follow (which he modeled for me so well). He would say that my attention to detail keeps things running smoothly and that my intentionality in getting to know others is seen in my servant-leadership and the way I manage people. He would say that I can remain calm in high-stress situations and will rise to the occasion of just about any task put in front of me.
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Flexible- schedule changing, circumstances beyond anyone's control would come up frequently, but meanwhile still being able to create effective programming.
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Good listener, fun lover, relaible person, time manager.
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Very organized, accountable, fun and happy personality, caring and strong abitibikite to Cary out in my job, helpful and encouraging .
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Extremely dedicated, loyal, open minded and up to date related to new opportunities, programs, team player.
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My former employer would say that I was very well-liked by staff, residents and their families. I formed many close relationships with them and genuinely cared about improving their quality of life. In my experience, motivating residents to participate more fully in programs was easier to do if I had gotten to know them and had a good relationship that made them want to show up for things.
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Hard-working, compassionate, creative, great ability to adapt, but still has a little trouble with time management.
Question 3 of 30
What characteristics make you a great fit for this role?
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Highly organised, work well on my own and can operate as part of a team when necessary, good at crafts.
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I am good with change, I am a great listener and leader, I can take initiative if I see something that needs to be done. I am possess the ability to handle aggressive situations as well as problem-solving skills.
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I am very passionate for helping people, and flexible to adapt to any new environment or challenge that comes my way.
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I am very friendly, I have worked with several different age groups that could enhance my ability to work with elderly as well as their families, through my schooling I have appropriate knowledge on ethics and methods that I would be able to implement in my job here.
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Ability to remain professional while building rapport with consumers, ability to critically think and organize, educated.
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I am compassionate, organized, a good listener, an efficient worker, a good communicator and I work well independently.
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Time-management, an ability to delegate tasks as I see the big picture without missing out on the finer details that need to be accomplished for that to happen, team oriented, servant-leadership, driven, reliable, intentional.
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Empathy, interested, professionalism.
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I have the ability to connect on a professional and personal level with people of different backgrounds, views, interests, and personality types.
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Good listener, leader, patience, empathy, entertainer and so on.
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Outgoing, very organized and compassionate strong recreation and leadership skills.
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Knowledge, ability to relate, communicate, assess needs, wants and abilities.
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I have a passion for working with the senior population and I am very dedicated to my work. I enjoy working with clients as well as my peers and am always respectful of others. I am organized, have the ability to multi-task, and do all things with a caring and positive attitude.
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I am very passionate about what I do. I am also very positive and I have a very strong work ethic. I'm creative and I can adapt the activity to the group/individual I am working with. I love helping others and it shows in my work. I have the ability to brighten people's days.
Question 4 of 30
Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation headed?
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I see it growing into a bigger demand for TR's and eventually expanding to having practices just for TR.
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I see the future of therapeutic recreation growing tremendously. I see the impact therapeutic recreation and I have made on individuals life and I think more people are opening up to it.
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I believe that we need to spread the word of therapeutic recreation. I have learned that people are not spending as much time on recreation that they used to and by telling people about what we do we can open up the field. We will have the ability to inform people on who we are and what we do and hopefully become a more well-known career.
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Continue to be strengths based, more consumer centered w/consumer opinions, more holistic approach.
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Working with mainly the elderly and the aging population.
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I believe that recreational therapy can play a huge role in the holistic treatment of an individual when it's value is acknowledged and utilized. I see it becoming a masters program in the near future so that it can become a billable service in schools, which could be a huge asset in special education classrooms for both students and teachers.
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Growing immensely as the baby boomers continue to age and have the money and desire to continue recreating. The generation of folks who really started to value recreation and leisure time are aging (and raising families that have that similar value).
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In future recreation would be in a higher level that seniors can get more entertainment and fun through many activities.
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Becoming more positions every year as it is a huge part of a health role .
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In regards to long term care homes, providing recreation programs to a group that could include younger adults.
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Person centered activities, music inside with families involved, opportunities to engage in past joys of life.
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I see Recreation Therapy growing in the future. Not just with the senior population but with children, addictions, disabilities etc. I think the more people who are exposed to the benefits of quality therapeutic recreation programming, whether first hand or through family or friends, the more widespread it will become.
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I see a very bright future ahead of therapeutic recreation. It's still up and coming, but so many more people are learning about it and are learning about the amazing benefits it provides in lives.
Question 5 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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My compassion for others and my ability to understand many life situations that can interfere with participation.
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My greatest strength is my ability to be flexible with any situation that may come my way.
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My greatest strength is my ability to take a fail revamp it and turn it into a win.
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My greatest strength is that I'm very dependable and hardworking. I always strive to make sure I am completing any task to the best of my ability while keeping a positive attitude and easily adapting to new environments.
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I am a very friendly outgoing person that gets along well with others. Through my volunteer and ambassador experience I have learned many people skills.
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Critical thinking and ability to organize.
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I believe that my greatest strength is the confidence that I have developed in leading. Whether that be a group of participants or a group of staff members, I am confident enough in myself and my skills that I can make decisions and take the lead when necessary, but also humble enough to know that I don't have all of the answers, and there will be times when I need to ask for help or counsel in order to best serve the patient.
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Compassionate and self motivated.
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Knowledge of adaptive techniques/equipment and resources in the community. Efficiency of documentation.
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Compassionate, caring strong organization skills.
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I feel that I am a very compassionate person. It is easy for me to build good rapport with others therefore I am able to form good relationships with my clients. I thoroughly enjoy working with people and feel that I am also very honest and dependable. I work well on my own but also excel in a team environment and enjoy learning new things.
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My ability to adapt. I have had to learn to adapt to various situations, places, and people. I have lived in several places where I didn't know anyone, and I was able to adapt to those places and quickly make friends. I have been put in various positions where I've had to make difficult decisions that others may not have liked, and I have had to learn to adapt to different personalities.
Question 6 of 30
What do you wish someone would have told you before you started working as a recreational therapist?
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I have a passion helping others so I noticed while doing my volunteer the recreationist gives a lot different ways helping clients.
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I thrive off of helping/working with both people and animals, and I know, as a rec therapist, you can work side by side animals for therapeutic purposes. (animal assisted therapy)
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I am interested and passionate about increasing quality of life no matter what it throws at you.
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Because I love giving back to the community and I love making a difference in someone else life.
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I chose it because I have experience in the field.
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Love working with people of any age. And I think I could the day more enjoyable.
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I chose it because it fun.
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I feel myself drawn to folks who underserved or outcast. I find an ability to associate with eaisly and understand those with developmental, mental, and intellectual disabliities.
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I believe recreation is very important for the health and wellness of the residence in which I care for... Challenges a resident to maintain their physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual well-being. Persons whom participates in recreational programs are over all healthier mentally, physically and emotionally. May have a good sense of purpose and confidence. Encourages independence and choice.
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Passion for helping others.. Believe that every person regardless of disability has right to experiencing quality of life.
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I was highly interested in helping others.
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I started out with my degree and did not know what I wanted to do with it. I had done some volunteering at a retirement home and ran programs but did not actually realize it was a career. Never really thought about it. My friend took the TR program and started working and loved it.. She always told me about it.. How rewarding it is.. And that she felt it would be a great job for me.. So I started to look into it and tried it out and I absolutely love it.
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I chose a career in Recreational Therapy because I love to help people. Not only that I am outing, friendly and extremely co.
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I was originally a biology major and I realized the only time I enjoyed lab work was when I was talking to the people around me. So I began looking for a new major and then I found recreational therapy and it seemed like the coolest major I had ever heard of. After taking an intro class, I was hooked!
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I have always wanted to work in healthcare so when I got to college I started as a Nursing major but then I did more research and fell in love with Recreation Therapy and how it can impact someones life.
Question 7 of 30
How do you establish relationships with your patients?
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Active listening, understanding their goals and aspirations, and focusing on the whole person.
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In my opinion the elements involved in establishing a therapeutic relationship would be trust, loyalty, and the ability to rely on one another.
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You need to establish raport with the client.
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Building rapport, understanding strengths, remaining professional, zone of helpfulness.
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Actively listening to the individual, providing compassion and empathy, having a deep understanding of their goals, and focusing on the individual as a whole, and not just their limitations.
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Compassion, rapport, trust, loyalty.
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Building a respectful positive rapport and listening to clients.
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Knowledge of clients past interests, hobbies, trust, what inspires them.
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Asking questions of the client. Establishing their domains.
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Assessing clients interests and goals in recreation and leisure activities.
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Time, effort, and caring and getting to know each individual clients needs.
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In a therapeutic relationship, its' important to maintain an open relationship, with trust, easy communication, and mutual respect. You must magnify a person's strengths, and help them come to terms with their weakness, and encourage them to strengthen these. It's important to be understanding of a client's interests to make therapy exciting and intriguing for them.
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Building rapport by getting to know the clients on a holistic level. Learning their likes/dislikes, interests, social networks and supports, etc.
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It important to establish a trustworthy relationship with my client, as well as establishing my roll in their world as someone who is here to help them, work with them, and grow with them. Initiate fluid and constructive communication by maintaing kind eye contact and focusing the conversation on their goals and interests.
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Using good listening skills, actively listening, empathy and using communication skills to help clients overcome their barriers.
Question 8 of 30
How do you incorporate families and loved ones?
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Asking questions, past interests.
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If they did any activities with them in the passed.
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Invite families out to a informal Get to know each other tea.
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Like in creating an IEP in the education model, as assessed and needed, I would draw on family members and signifigant others, as well as other professionals to help paint a clear picture of their treatment needs. Furthermore, those close to the client can futher reinforce the treatment practaces set in therapy.
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I would involve the clients families and significant others in the assessment process by incorporating them into any activity or intervention the client needs to make them feel more comfortable. I would also allow the family or significant other to give ideas how I can best benefit the client.
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I would ask the family to come in for a meeting with the resident and have a discussion about future goals and possible activities that may interest the client.
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I would start by assessing the client first to determine their (dis)interests, hobbies, current recreation status, social supports, etc. Then I would invite the family to chime in with any additional information that they think would be helpful in our efforts towards making their family member as independent as possible.
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Ask questions, past interest understand there goals.
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Meet and introduce myself to resident after reading the history, assess the resident when engaging with him/her. If unable to communicate with resident spend time with family members and acquire information from residents background. Use a series of interventions with resident to see their levels of concentration, abilities, reactions.
Question 9 of 30
What sort of game would you suggest for a group of adults who could not walk?
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A list of group activities I have implemented is Sing-a-long, exercise programs, entertainment, mental aerobics, reading club, outings, sit n' dance, physical games, board games. Individual programs that I have implemented are one to one's which could involve anything from going for coffee to sitting with someone and holding their hand depending on their abilities. Also card playing, sensory stimulation, snoozalin room experience, swimming, gardening, reading.
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I have facilitated news and reviews, reading program (chicken soup). Reminisence and remember when.
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Social Skills classes to address skills needed for community reintegration.
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Have you worked with a rude client?
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Leisure education, problem solving, reality orientation.
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Individual treatment- 1:1, meditation, reading, music, manicures, aromatherapy, snoezelen, montessori Group- Music, crafts, reading, socials, painting, beading, trivia, physical games.
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1:1 Carts: Ice Cream, Cupcake, Float Cart.
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The majority of my experience comes from my small internship at an assisted living center. Many of the activities that I implemented were memory based because a large number of the population experiences memory loss. One that I was really excited about was an activity using a large map of the world and different colored tacks. Each of the residents were assigned a tack color. They placed tacks wherever they had been in the world and they told a story about their favorite place or experience.
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I have implemented aquatic, music, and art therapy classes; as well as fitness, coping stratagies, life skills, social skills, healthy living skills, cooperative games, and focus and relaxation classes for both one on one; and groups with varying degrees of physical and intelectially abilities.
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I have implemented a social skills training.
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I've implemented a St.Patricks Day Party as a treatment group.
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I have implemented many individual and group treatments throughout my fieldworks I have completed but the I really enjoyed was implementing a craft activity at the adult day care I completed my fieldwork at. The clients were very excited and engaging and I felt I did a great job.
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Group exercises in physiotherapy.
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Horseback riding for children aged 6-18 with Epilepsy to work on cognitive and balance skills.
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Budgeting, crisis prevention, healthy living/diet/exercise, interpersonal relationships, sx management, MH education.
Question 10 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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I am very critical of my own work because I work because I work very hard at everything I apply myself to. Iím working on not being so hard on myself when something doesnít turn out as I planned because it doesnít necessarily mean that I failed.
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My greatest I tried to do everything at same time but I learned to organize my self by planning the priority.
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My greatest weakness is not always voicing my ideas, I have been working on being more vocal.
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My greatest weakness is that I am very trusting of people and always want to be supportive so I have a hard time saying no when asked for help which sometimes can put my work getting behind. I have found a balance of making sure I complete my work and not get behind but also still being supportive for others.
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I can get unorganized at times but always manage to get back on track and complete all my tasks by the required deadline.
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My greatest weakness is expecting too much out of people. I have learned to accept people for who they are and what they accomplish and nothing more until shown otherwise.
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My greatest weakness is that I don't often let others know when I am struggling with something. I would like to be as efficient and independent as possible but I have recognized that even if I successfully accomplish that, that's now how teams or working relationships are built. We are all interdependent upon one another, and I have seen great value in asking someone else for assistance in an area of my weakness that happens to be their area of expertise.
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I am so emotional, Itry to take yoga and meditations.
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Timing, wanting to provide too many programs and engage too many residents. Creating smaller groups, more person centered activities,
Question 11 of 30
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I am the best candidate because I have some experience with this population and I can take initiative. I learn quickly and will ensure that everything is done my protocol.
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I am the best candidate for you becauseI have the experience and attitude that you are looking for to make an impact in this organization.
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My experience, coupled with my desire to learn and grow, would make me both a reliable and moldable team member. What's more, I have a heart and passion for the people that I would be serving in this job. It is more than just a paycheck or a job for me, it's something that "fills my bucket" and reminds me daily of why I do what I do.
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I love to serve seniors and I think I can do my best with team work.
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My experience, my opportunities, my life experiences and my abilities to engage, comfort and relate to a vast population of people who come from different walks of life as well as my committment and love of working in this field and environment.
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your assessment skills.
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I am very familiar with the Who quality of life tool.
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I am very good at being creative.
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A care plan is created and an assessment is made based on the patients' individual needs. Their physical, mental and psychosocial needs. Look at thfeir social history and look for various sources of information, patient, family, doctor, nurses and aides to help with the individual assessment.
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I am familiar with the MDS 3.0. Section F relates to activity and daily preferences. It helps us determine what types of leisure interests that particular person may have or may want to try. ALso we have come up with a generic activity questionaire that asks some basic questions to try and get to know the resident.
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I have experience in MDS 3.0, our section that needs to be completed is section F which is questionaire on activity preferences and daily preferences. ALso learned how to complete careplans with our QuickCare system.
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Some of the assessments skill that I have include communication/person skills.
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Developing an individual treatment plan based on patient needs, using resources of family, docs nurses, other professionals working on an interdisciplinary team.
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I am not famaliar with assessment tools.
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I am familiar with spiritual assessment, I am able to observe and assess the level in which group a resident may best be suited for. Example a resident who is unable to understand bingo because they have limited concept of numbers may be better suited in a small group activity or may need someone to assist them in finding the numbers that have been called....
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Individualized to the population working with. Focuses on strengths, barriers to participation and leisure interests.
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Leisure interest measure. I have not had a chance to do many asssessments. With my other job, I do but they have their own assessment.
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Activity Pro, Gold Care, Inter-RAI methodology.
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I am familiar with the CERT-Psych, the FOX, MDS 3.0 and the CERT-Phys.
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I have had experience assessing students at a at risk youth school using the leisure ability model and the therapeutic recreation accountability model.
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Most of my assessments have been done by way of informal conversation. I have had some exposure to basic assessment tools, but in my experiences have not had to use them to meet the needs of the people I was/am serving. I believe that I do assessments though, anytime I walk into a room. I assess my surroundings, the present mood, facial and body expressions, etc. And those quick intakes help guide my next move(s).
Question 13 of 30
What types of experiences do you have working with the elderly population?
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More than 8 1/2 years in geriatrics, wi avarious gaes, cognitivith levels, alzheimer's related dementia disorders.
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I have worked with geriatrics most of my career and within this population I have worked with residents who have various limitations due to there diagnosis such as: blindness, loss of hearing, loss of mobility, psychiatric behaviors, etc. We are faced with challenges when putting together a group and tyring to adapt to all of these conditions. But we manage and you must be flexible and quick to think of new ideas if something doesnt turn out right.
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I have worked with kids and adults that have special needs and have autism.
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Community based therapeutic recreation programs including Special Olympic sports, arts and crafts, swim lessons, exercise and weight training.
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Worked in mental health, older adults.
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Worked as a health care aide. Have worked with a organization with clients creating a program interesting to do from a coUple of hours to a whole weekend.
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Lots, camp. Aba therapy. Autism school. Special needs clients in mission outdoors. One on one theraphy through aba in group home settings. Undergreate formal educaiton.
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Small group or one to one programs have been my strength. Playing the game of memory with a small group offers the special population a sense of belonging socially.. Offers them encouragement emotionally and challenges them cognitively in a safe and secure environment. One to one or small group therapy has proven itself to be a positive experience for the resident and to myself as well.
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I've worked with geratric psych for 9 years along with autism.
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Over the past two summers I have worked for Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation as a TR Assistant. I worked with adolescents and teens with a variety of disabilities.
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I have completed two fieldworks, volunteer work, and service learning classes working with a range of disabilities. I have worked in a therapeutic riding setting, adult day care, assisted living homes, and teen centers. The special populations I have worked with but not limited to are autism, dementia, social disorders, cerebral palsy, and many more.
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Swimming lessons (DD), Camp Paivika (DD and Phys Dis), SpringHill (DD and Phys Dis), ARCH (EI). In each of these environments, I have learned more about the population I was serving, how to serve them best, any similarities in treatments, and was also challenged to think outside the box time and again as I tried something that worked with one group, only to find out that it would need to look entirely or minutely different for the next group.
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I worked with people who has dementia, alzhiemers, very low cognitive persons.
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Worked for 28 years with dementia residents, engage in problem solving for those with behavioral concerns,
Question 14 of 30
What is your favorite population to work with? Why?
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If I had to pick a population that I would say I like most I guess it would be complex care. I find the diversity of individuals that are in complex care challenging and rewarding to work with. There are more diverse programs that you can plan with this group than say the dementia population.
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I would say the alzheimer's dementia related population It's very challenging due to the daily changes in behavior but extremely rewarding at the same time.
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I have to say alzhefimer's . I find it challenging and very rewarding at the same time.
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Mental disorder consumers, because I feel rewarded working with them.
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Geriatrics, I enjoy listening to there stories, gaining wisdom and knowledge from them. They surprise me constantly. Also its the little things that matter to them and it puts in to perspective when I get old I want some one to care for me and assist me with simple tasks.
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MY favorite population would be children ages 5-10 with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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Older adults. They are interesting and willing.
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Seniors, because they have a whole life experience that I like to hear about.
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My favorite population to work with are children and teens in behavioral health because this population is slowly growing and I fell like I can have the greatest impact.
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I dont necessarily have a favorite population to work with because I enjoy working with any of them as long as I can provide services for them to benefit from.
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Developmentally Disabled. I appreciate and love the genuine hearts that most people in this category reflect to the world around them. I also love working with people who have difficulties communicating as we would consider "normal" and taking the time to get to know them so well that I can understand them because I know them. This population forces me to think on my toes, to be quick and willing to adapt or modify when necessary and to take the time to really understand their passions and what makes them tick.
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Senoirs is my favourite population because I think they need more attention than any group. They are lonely, depressed.
Question 15 of 30
What aspects of therapeutic recreation do you least enjoy?
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I like the idea of introducing recreation activities that help improve the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of the clients. I don't like that there are very few Recreation Therapy jobs available.
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I like that we can use games, crafts, sensory stimulation, and a wide range of other fun activities to help promote, restore, and rehabilitate a persons emotional, physical, and cognitive well being.I disklike that working in a geriatric setting our department may be disregarded as a form of "treatment" just because we are not clinically based. We are very important to maintaining a residents quality of life through the use of our groups.
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I enjoy being able to use a variety of fun activities to obtain a goal of increasing physical, cognitive, and emotional well being. We use physical exercise, entertainment, socials, discussion groups just to name a few. I dislike that we our dept can be overlooked just beacuse we are not clinically based compared to a rehab setting. We are important to maintaing current leisure pursuits for our residents as well as creating an environment that is enjoyable as well as a time to explore new interests.
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The ability to use assessment planning and implementation of a therapeutic program to achieve and see positive behavioral results.
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I like that TR focus on the postive nature of the individual and our job is to motivate the person be the best he can be.
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I love that I can plan develop and create new new things everyday to reach and help clients.
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Like the modalities. I dilike that it is not acknowledged.
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I like the holistic approach of TR and the variety of interventions that can be used to treat participants. I dislike the coursework in undergrad because I feel as if we are not fully prepared without having more hands on and real-world experiences.
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I enjoy every aspect of therapeutic recreation because its such a fun and rewarding field there is nothing I dislike.
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I love that therapeutic recreation serves to help people be as independent as possible in their leisure and recreation. I love that our main role is to serve. I dislike that it is often disregarded in treatment and occasionally looked down upon by other medical professionals as "play"... As if that's a bad thing. We all need to play a little more, and for some, that decision for change isn't a simple one - and that's where we can come in.
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I like get them engaging their time with activities . And dislike is giving them an activity which they do not like, it should be person centered.
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I like the ability to be creative and to problem solve, working with families. I dislike that there is inconsistency within facilities in promoting in-services and training to empower staff.
Question 16 of 30
What is the greatest challenge recreational therapists face?
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Yes I have. If the aggression is happening between two residents I would remove the passive resident to make sure they do not get hurt. Then I would approach the aggressive resident and try to figure out what might be making them aggressive or distract or re-direct the resident. Over time and trial and error you learn what works and doesnt with each resident.
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Yes, working in a locked unit with dementia residents can be a challenge because they can be agitated very quickly. I try to redirect the resident by using touch, calmness in approach, and trying to seperate who ever is involoved.
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Yes working with dementia patients is challenging because you never know what is going to happen. In handling a difficult situation with residents demonstrating conflict I approach them calmly and may use touch to provide a sense of comfort and support then I try to redirect them away from the situation.
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Yes. Use resources. Redirect client from the source of agitation.
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Yes I have with the elderly in care homes with various types of diagnosis.
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I have had experience with aggressive clients in a behavioral health setting at the IU Bloomington Hospital for the past few months. There are patients who have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other disorders and sometime they get angry because they want to leave the hospital or they are not getting their way or they do not get the medicine they want and we have to handle it in a calm matter.
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Yes. Redirection, consequences.
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Yes, I have hAd people who are aggressive . I just come back later or try to talk in a calm soothing voice.
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Yes. Autism. One one one theraphy aba group home settings. Camp settings.
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Limited experience.. Usually notify supervisor in charge...
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Yes, I have had aggressive clients and I have set healthy boundaries with them.
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Yes. At Village of Sandalwood I worked on a behavior unit where hitting, kicking, yelling were a daily occurance. The key is to take a gentle approach towards the client.
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I have had some experience. One participant would become very aggressive right before lunchtime and would demand to eat. Being that having him eat before everyone else would not be fair, our team would have to keep him separate from the others and block ourselves when he would swing to hit. Usually we would try redirecting him to either a book or an activity.
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Yes, at my last fieldwork I worked with an aggressive client. The client had a social disorder and got upset easy and anxious if the people around him were disruptive so I let him take a walk to cool off and come back.
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Yes. ARCH, and at Camp Paivika when one camper became so enraged that she was threatening to run away. When we blocked the door, she would run into us, yell, curse, and do just about anything she could think of to make us move out of her way.
Question 17 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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I have wide variety of experience in working with different population, for past 6 years I have worked with population with mental and physical disabilitiess. Througout my career I have aquired knowled about dealing people.If you hire me I can assure my best services to the company by providing best care for the residents in all ways.My recreation therapy education wil help me to recreate people in the way they want it.
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You should hire me because I am qualified to do the job and will ensure that I fully contribute to the overall success of this agency. I am driven and hard-working and will uphold the mission and standards at all times.
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I have the skills and attitude this organization is looking for to make an impact of individuals. I am very passionate and hardworking with experience working with different populations. I can assure you I will give my best services by providing the best support for individuals.
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Because I would be a strong addition to your team with my passions, my desire to learn, and my experience in the field thus far.
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I can give my valuable time with your organization, service which I do would be my best.
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I am trained, knowledgable, creative, loyal, dedicated, willing to learn, promote in-services to others, Engage with families, I have a great amount of empathy for families having experienced issues that arise when taking care of a loved one who is aging especially one diagnosed with alzheihmers.
Question 18 of 30
What types of activities would you use with a child recovering from a broken arm?
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I would use physical exercise such as yoga or zumba. Also would like to do games, crafts, cooking, outings. Use a pool for aquatic exercise if it is available.
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I would use sports activities, arts and crafts, group board games and theater activities.
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Since your organization works with a variety of populations and offers many interventions. All the interventions your organization provides will all be beneficial to children and adults.
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I know that you have a well established program here with adaptive sports, and I am eager to learn about all that you offer to your patients and the community! Recreation and leisure interests are ever evolving, and I would love to find a passion that a patient has and be able to make that into a reality for them - despite what barriers we may face.
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Varieties of activities, one on one visit, good listner, entertainment, outings and so on.
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Person centered, music, small engaged groups according to one's interest. I would bring the outside in if the resident is unable to go out. I would work with family to help create an atmosphere which is comfortable for that individual.
Question 19 of 30
Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation?
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I hope to see us become more known in the field of medicine. I hope that other interdisciplinary memembers will acknowledge us a true health profession and will understand our main mission and goals.
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I see its growing it be comes part of our life socially physically spiritually mentally and psychological.
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I see Therapeutic Recreation continuously growing and being in higher demand in the near future.
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I see the future of therapeutic recreation growing tremendously.
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I see it becoming a masters program in the near future so that it can be a billable service in schools and other organizations.
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I will be in a higher level which seniors can have fun.
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Opening opportunities for baby boomers and promoting new technology too help and promote keeping them in touch with the outside world. Create more intergenerational programs. As the baby boomers are coming of age so are their children and with that said there is a great opportunity and need to support and open doors for communicating with families in ways which were not available before.
Question 20 of 30
What social activities have you created to help a patients social skills?
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When planning the program for Camp Paivika, social skills were a huge dynamic to every activity. Whether it was a sports activity that required campers to interact with one another as they asked for the ball during a game, or a fine arts activity that created a safe space for campers to express themselves on stage. I have also created social activities that are strictly for the purpose of building social skills - activities such as arts and crafts, that create space for participants to talk with one another naturally or by putting questions on the tables to draw them out of their comfort zones to find commonalities between one another that they may have otherwise overlooked.
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Social treats with food and drink, social outings, team activities, group activities.
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Taught and initiated intergenerational program where I went into class room and taught children about aging and then brought them into environment to engaged in organized actives with residents. Music Within, MOMA Art, sensory lunch groups.
Question 21 of 30
What is the greatest challenge you have faced so far? How did you overcome it?
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I struggled with a camper at Camp Paivika who struggled socially and cognitively but was physically fine. I realized that I had too high of expectations of her and had to change my stand point and my frame of mind so that my heart didn't harden towards her and so that I could best serve here by meeting her where she was at - rather than where I wanted her to be.
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I try different adaptations to overcome that when I struggle to help aggressive patients.
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Discussed with another staff member, brainstormed with family, thought outside the box.
Question 22 of 30
Do you have a bachelor's degree? Tell me about your education.
Question 23 of 30
While attending post-secondary studies, what was your best course? Least favorite course?
Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time you tailored an activity for a patient.
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Unique activity: Singo - presented before a group with limited vision so they weren't able to see or read the words on the board; the staff would then read off the words from one box, and a camper wanting to complete the task read off would go on stage to perform. When he/she was done, the counselor would write that camper's name in the box and the other campers would cross that box off. Unique adaptation: rock wall at SpringHill - maneuvering harnesses and ropes to allow campers with limited mobility in their lower limbs to still be able to have the experience of climbing the wall.
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Patient with depression and does not want to come out for social engagement. I will create one on one programs like card play, sensory kit, puzzles, word games and so on.
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A wandering resident became my "volunteer" and left unit to squire supplies for programs. Pen pal program for higher functioning residents, meet once a Month for lunch with their pen pal. Family monthly "Funtime" to provide opportunity for families And resident to share meaningful and fun quality time.
Question 25 of 30
What are your career goals?
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I plan to become certified in TR and obtain a concentration in Behavioral Health.
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My career goals are to gain more professional experience to rewarded me to be a well rounded recreation professional.
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I want to surround myself by people who are both farther along and just introduced to this profession; to be in a position where I am constantly learning and growing and also able to mentor and lead those who might have the passion but not the experience or skills to be as effective as they could be. Ideally, I would love to lead and train special needs counselors or staff so that they can feel equipped and prepared to serve and love on their campers or clients.
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To achive a good position in a reputed organisation, and to give my best whenever I work.
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Continue in my field, in-services, reading,
Question 26 of 30
Do you have any experience with addiction? Explain.
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I have class experience in demonstrating my understanding.
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Yes. In my last fieldwork clients were not awarded active day bucks if they acted up or did not participate properly but were awarded active day bucks for positive behavior.
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Yes. Most of what I do in ARCH feels like constant behavior modifications. It usually fluctuates between me needing to modify an activity so that is best suits the behaviors of the group, or if could be that I need to pull a student aside individually to discuss their behavior and what changes we can make on a more individual level to be as successful as possible with the group in the activity. In Chairo too I have learned how to ask questions, or phrase options in a way that gives our kids freedom and choice, but still provides boundaries and guidelines so that necessary things are completed.
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Yes I experienced I noticied I got more patience than before.
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Yes, observe, introduce other forms of sudden distractions, take a resident to a different location. Music, hand holding if appropriate, valudate.
Question 27 of 30
How would you motivate patients who were not participating?
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I would offer then several options on why they should participate and sometimes remind them of fun activities that they will get to do after.
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I would motivate them by informing the benefits they can receive for participating and how fun it will be. I will also be very supportive and make sure their needs are met to participate.
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Usually someone doesn't participate for a reason. If possible, I find it most effective to uncover that reason (which can often be fear of some sort) but patients are always forthcoming with that information. In which case, I would throw out different possibilities for participation or see what role the patient requests to play in the activity.
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I will tell them to come and watch not to play . Then I can tell them that I can take back to your room when ever you tell.
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Person center one to one, provide music they enjoy as well as other individual likes such as sorting. Folding close, puzzles, pencil art coloring, movies they may enjoy, reading to them or providing reading matterials.
Question 28 of 30
How do you handle stressful situations?
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When Iím working, I take a minute to collect my thoughts. And if I donít have a free minute at the time to do that, I always think to myself that whatever situation Iím in isnít worth me being stressed over when I look at the big picture. If Iím not working, Iíve always used art to relieve my stress.
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I handle them head on if necessary, if not I can deal with stress by redirecting myself to another enjoyable activity.
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I handle stressful situations very calm, and think things through before making a decision. I also like to get input from others to ensure that I am thinking it through to get the best solution.
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I the moment, I tend to power through them. It isn't until I walk away from the situation that I really feel the weight of the stress. I am a verbal processor, so I have people who I will call or reach out to who know me and my heart. There are other times though, when I need to pull away by myself and it is usually in those moments that I will go for a run, or bike ride, or walk, or bake, or write.
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Like teepa snow said I take deep breath inside and relax . This helps me in many stressful situations.
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I use a quiet breathing, meditation release. Ask to have time to review a situation before commenting.
Question 29 of 30
Where would you like your career as a recreational therapist to go?
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I see myself working as a CTRS in Florida or Georgia and working on getting my masters in Therapeutic Recreation.
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I see myself gaining the experience I will need to further my career and having a fun rewarding job I can make an impact on individuals to improve their quality of life.
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In 5 years, I would love to be a wife and mom. I will be serving people with disabilities in some capacity, whether that be as my career or in my spare time as a volunteer. I would love to be established as a rec therapist, potentially even an occupational therapist, confident in my skills and yet always learning and growing from the people I serve.
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I am planning to take degree course in recreation and I see myself in a team leader position in 5 years.
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Still working with seniors but hoping to help advance awareness and opportunities for residents and staff education.
Question 30 of 30
Have you obtained your Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation?

About Recreational Therapists

December 17th, 2014

Recreational therapists, also referred to as therapeutic recreation specialists, provide treatment services and recreation activities for individuals with disabilities or illnesses. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, therapists improve and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients.

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