Recreation Therapy Internship
Undergraduate interns must have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 and a minimum 2.75 GPA in their field of study or have exceptional field experience in the setting.
Students must successfully complete all academic course work, National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) requirements, clinical experiences, and interventions completed prior to beginning the internship.
Description of Intern duties:
The intern will support the Forensic Jail Diversion/Treatment on Wheels/Drug Court multidisciplinary team by developing and facilitating recreation therapy services within the Behavioral Healthcare Division (BHD), under the direct supervision of the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). The intern will be expected to provide direct services at various locations such as: Arlington County Detention Facility, Department of Human Services, Arlington Shelters, Arlington County Court House, and various community locations.
Students would be tasked with the following:
- Complete required County trainings.
- Provide one to one and group recreation therapy sessions to clients open to Behavioral Healthcare Division outpatient services.
- Complete initial assessments within one business day of initial contact and maintain quarterly assessments every 90 day period.
- Complete progress notes and group notes within one business day of the sessions/groups.
- Maintain care coordination by communicating with the clinician or case manager overseeing the client’s case, regarding progress and challenges observed during sessions.
- Attend weekly supervision for one hour with the CTRS.
- Attend Forensic/TOW/Drug Court team supervision meeting.
- Attend Behavioral Health Docket and Drug Court proceedings and related meetings.
- Participate in Mid-Term Assessment and Final Evaluation, with CTRS.
- Complete a long-term project, presented or facilitated before completion of internship.
As required by National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) – a minimum of 560 hours, minimum 14-week period is mandatory to meet internship requirements.
Interns will be expected to work 30-40 hours per week, which may include weekends. The daily work schedule is set by CTRS supervisor.