Therapeutic Recreation Internship

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Waverly Heights
1400 Waverly Road
Gladwyne, PA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Full-time, Unpaid

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ABOUT WAVERLY HEIGHTS
Waverly Heights, LTD is a private, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community. Our campus is situated on 63 acres of beautiful land only 10 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township. It consists of residential apartments and villas, a health care center, commons buildings, and recreational areas. The focal point of the community is a stately Manor House built in 1912 that houses resident and staff facilities.

Waverly Heights is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities—Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF-CCAC), the only accrediting body of continuing care retirement communities in the United States. This means that Waverly has met the industry standards for management, financial stability, resident life, and health and wellness. Waverly Heights is a member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA).

About Therapeutic Recreation at Waverly
The Department of Therapeutic Recreation plans and implements a variety of social and recreational activities for residents of the health care center. Programs are designed to enable residents to participate in both past and new leisure interests. The department is staffed by trained professionals with diverse backgrounds in the areas of recreation therapy, music therapy and activity therapy.

About the TR Internship
Length of program:
Senior interns must complete 600 hours over 15 weeks. The senior internship experience is full-time and is 40 hours/week. This includes 5 days/week and the possibility of working some weekends and evenings.

Goal of the Senior Internship Program:
The goal of the Waverly Heights senior internship is to provide a full-time educational experience based on the NCTRC Job Analysis and the ATRA Standards of Practice, that will reinforce the student’s classroom learning, and prepare them for the workforce and the NCTRC exam. Students are required to complete the same workload as the TR Coordinators, in addition to assignments required by the university and special projects required by Waverly.
Location of Internship:
The intern will be assigned to complete assignments and work in all areas of the healthcare center, including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory support. A schedule for this work will be determined during the intern’s first week at the facility.

Responsibilities

Sample Weekly Schedule:
Throughout the internship, the student will be expected to:
Meet with the site supervisor at least weekly to process clinical observations and review progress.
Attend all required clinical and non-clinical meetings.
Complete all agency and university/college assignments on time.
Once a caseload is assigned, complete assessments, treatment plans, and progress notes on time.
Attend all available in-services.
Follow an assigned schedule.

Week One:
General Orientation to the facility, work environment, and therapeutic recreation department (see Orientation Checklist).
Meet TR staff, and follow assigned schedule to shadow them throughout the week.
Meet residents & begin to get acquainted with them.
Meet with supervisor daily.

Week Two:
Continue to shadow TR staff.
Continue orientation of TR department.
Meet with supervisor daily.
Learn assessment and documentation process.
Shadow TR staff performing assessment.
Adopt caseload of 1 resident.

Week Three:
Co-lead recreation programs with TR staff.
Adopt a caseload of 3 residents, and create a 1:1 schedule for them.
Complete an assessment.
Complete a progress note.
Meet with supervisor daily.

Week Four:
Continue with caseload of three residents, sticking to 1:1 schedule.
Give report on 1 resident during care conference.
Complete assessments.
Complete progress notes.
Lead recreation programming with supervision of TR staff.
Meet with Supervisor 1x/week, or as needed.

Week Five:
Increase 1:1 caseload to five residents. Modify 1:1 schedule accordingly.
Continue to lead recreation programming.
Complete all required documentation.
Speak in care conference, IDT, and rounds.
Begin to develop a game for residents to play.
Meet with supervisor weekly, or as needed.

By the end of week Seven:
Continue to work with 1:1 caseload.
Continue to facilitate programming.
Complete all required documentation.
Help to plan a special event.
Implement game with residents.
Attend and speak in care conference, IDT, and rounds.
Review departmental QI plans.
Meet with supervisor weekly, or as needed. Complete mid-point evaluation.

By the end of week Ten:
Continue to work with 1:1 caseload.
Continue to facilitate programming.
Continue to attend and speak at care conference, IDT, and rounds.
Meet with supervisor to discuss administrative topics.
Create the weekly calendar.
Create the weekly staffing schedule.
Complete documentation.
Develop a staff in-service.

By the end of week Fifteen:
Continue to work with 1:1 caseload.
Continue to facilitate programming.
Continue to attend and speak at care conference, IDT, and rounds.
Meet with supervisor to discuss administrative topics.
Create the weekly calendar.
Create the weekly staffing schedule.
Complete documentation.
Present in-service to staff.
Fill out NCTRC paperwork with supervisor.
Complete all university assignments.
Complete final evaluation with supervisor.

Requirements

All applicants must be pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation Therapy, Parks & Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation.
All applicants must be planning to sit for the CTRS exam after graduation.

Before the internship, all interns and practicum students must complete the following criteria:
Completion of all required university coursework.
Completion of internship application
Compliance with any paperwork required by the college or university
Completion of an interview with the Waverly Heights TR Director
Meet with Waverly Heights Human Resources representative regarding requirements for start of internship.
Complete all online trainings through Silverchair.
Turn in all required paperwork, including PPD and physical.

How To Apply

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