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1. What has been your favorite experience working in therapeutic recreation so far?
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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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Recreational Therapists Interview Questions
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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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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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What characteristics make you a great fit for this role?
 
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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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Highly organised, work well on my own and can operate as part of a team when necessary, good at crafts.
 
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Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation headed?
 
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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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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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What is your greatest strength?
 
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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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Knowledge of adaptive techniques/equipment and resources in the community. Efficiency of documentation.
 
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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 chose it because I have experience in the field.
 
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How do you establish relationships with your patients?
 
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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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How do you incorporate families and loved ones?
 
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If they did any activities with them in the passed.
 
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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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What sort of game would you suggest for a group of adults who could not walk?
 
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I have implemented many adaptive recreation programs at the VA, including cycling sessions with hand cycles and adaptive bikes, wheelchair sports such as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis, sled hockey, Wii tournaments, bocci ball, lunch and trivia sessions, bowling, and individual programs such as individual Wii sessions, cards and board games, and table tennis or shuffle board. At Brookdale I implemented an exercise program every morning, and various crafts usually related to the holidays. Individual programs I have implemented at Brookdale include card and board games, nail painting, puzzles, using the inTouch to play games, and having a conversation.
 
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Group exercises in physiotherapy.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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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 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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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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I love to serve seniors and I think I can do my best with team work.
 
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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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Tell me about your assessment skills.
 
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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).
 
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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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What types of experiences do you have working with the elderly population?
 
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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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Community based therapeutic recreation programs including Special Olympic sports, arts and crafts, swim lessons, exercise and weight training.
 
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What is your favorite population to work with? Why?
 
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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.
 
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What aspects of therapeutic recreation do you least enjoy?
 
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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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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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What is the greatest challenge recreational therapists face?
 
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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.
 
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Yes. Use resources. Redirect client from the source of agitation.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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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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What types of activities would you use with a child recovering from a broken arm?
 
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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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Where do you see the future of therapeutic recreation?
 
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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 see its growing it be comes part of our life socially physically spiritually mentally and psychological.
 
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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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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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Do you have a bachelor's degree? Tell me about your education.
 
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While attending post-secondary studies, what was your best course? Least favorite course?
 
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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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What are your career goals?
 
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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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