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Recreational Therapy Sample Schedule
The following is an example of a 14-week internship program at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Depending on the length of the internship, this outline may be altered. However, this should serve as a general guide for the type of training students receive at this facility.
• Attend Hospital Orientation
• Orientation, introduction to staff, facility, and assigned unit.
• Shadowing of clinical supervisor, and/or other certified staff, observing treatments and programs, taking notes of observation and questions to be answered at scheduled supervision.
• Review Student Manual
• Complete Medical Terminology assignment
• Orientation/Inservice to selected department programs begins.
• Attend staff meetings
• Meet with intern supervisor.
• Establish internship goals and objectives
• Assist with R.T. programs, both structured and unstructured.
• Continue review of recreational departmental manuals with special attention to mission, organization, and programs offered by departments (protocols).
• Begin orientation with other disciplines (i.e. speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy).
• Inservice to medical chart review
• Attend trans-disciplinary care meeting
• Meet with intern supervisor.
• Begin planning activity sessions and assume co-leadership role in designated activities; hand in an outline including goals of activity to intern supervisor.
• Observe R.T. initial team assessments
• Continue orientation with departments.
• Orientation about special events.
• Orientation to Out-Trips
• Orientation to documentation and assessments.
• Meet with intern supervisor.
• Continue planning activity sessions and assume co-leadership role designated activities.
• Attend trans-disciplinary care meeting or patient rounds and contribute clinical information on patients(s) observed and worked with.
• Practice writing an evaluation and progress note.
• Begin to select a special event.
• Attend an out trip if possible.
• Begin to select an inservice topic that will be presented to recreational therapy department
• Begin to treat individual patients, take on own caseload.
• Complete Diagnosis Review.
• Evaluate a patient independently, and perform required documentation.
• Select a location for the out trip
• Independently plan and implement recreational therapy programs.
• Finalize plans for special event, discuss with internship
• Review mid-term report with internship supervisor.
• Complete Weekly Diagnosis Reviews.
• (Between weeks 7-9) Assume and maintain the majority of the responsibilities that a typical staff member performs
• Learn budget processes
• Implement and evaluate special event
• Implement and evaluate out trip.
• Present inservice to Recreational Therapy Department.
• Complete at least 2 Weekly Diagnosis Reviews (TBD during internship based on needs)

WEEK 13-14
• Prepare patients and staff for your separation.
• Conduct “practice interview” with department member or dept. supervisor (not internship supervisor)
• Participate in final evaluation with recreation therapy intern
*Attendance of Friday Night Fever Programs will be coordinated based on the FNF schedule. Students will assist with these events based out of either the Mountainside or Toms River sites.
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