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Therapeutic Instructor (Rec. Therapist)

Inglis enables people with disabilities – and those who care for them – to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. The Therapeutic Education Instructor has the primary responsibility for the content of assigned education-based programs. Develops and implements education programs that are consistent with resident needs, abilities, and interests.  This provision of services includes a variety of interventions with an emphasis on basic academic skills, enrichment learning, literacy and general educational modalities in either a one-on-one and/or group format conducted within the facility.  The ultimate goals of instructor interventions include improving cognitive, emotional and social functioning and the achievement of an optimal level of personal independence and quality of life for each individual resident. All essential job responsibilities will be executed in accordance with Inglis Administrative policies and compliance/ethics guidelines.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. The primary duties and responsibilities are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job. This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. There are other duties and responsibilities that are considered incidental or secondary to the overall purpose of this job. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.

Education & Experience

In addition to the necessary skills and experience to perform the responsibilities outlined above, there are a number of traits that a successful candidate will possess.  

  • Undergraduate degree from a recognized and accredited institution in Education, Recreation Therapy, or related curriculum. 
  • A minimum of one ( 2) years proven experience
  • Knowledge and demonstration of professional, educational modalities and interventions for therapeutic education implementation with individuals with disabilities is required. 

Essential Functions, Qualifications & Skills:

Clinical Services 

  • Assess, plan, develops, implements, and evaluates Therapeutic Education programs, groups, and individual sessions based on the resident’s assessed needs and interests.
  • Utilizes a variety of leadership styles / techniques to engage the residents in individual, small group and large group settings. Facilitating engagement for individuals of various functioning abilities. 
  • Ability to adapt educational programs – considering time frames, setting, leadership style and adaptations, facilitation style, cognitive skills needed.  
  • Employs the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process to assess and plan specific goals and interventions to address the resident’s identified problems and build on the individual’s strengths to achieve goals. 
  • Works with the Interdisciplinary Team to ensure continuity of resident’s involvement in therapeutic recreation /educational programs.
  • Collaborates and networks with specialized professional to provide diverse opportunities that meet the resident’s needs and interests. 
  • Stays correct with Therapeutic Education best practices in service delivery.
  • Develops and implements therapeutic educational opportunities for residents to promote general health, psycho-social well-being, and independent choices as per resident needs.
  • Engages residents individually when the resident is unwilling or unable to participate in a group setting. 
  • Is an active member of the Interdisciplinary Plan of Care meeting weekly for individualized resident care planning.
  • Participate in development and review the Quality Assurance Plan and Improvement (QAPI) plan and resident outcomes on a consistent basis to improve the results of the QAPI measure. 
  • Is active in the interviewing, acceptance, placement, and supervising process of College Therapeutic Recreation students as needed each semester.
  • Provides opportunities for upcoming professionals to experience Therapeutic Education programs to foster their learning and develop skills. 

About Inglis:

Inglis' Mission is to enable people with disabilities — and those who care for them — to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest Inglis House is a specialized, skilled nursing, long-term care community-based in Philadelphia, PA.  Founded in 1877, Inglis is a Person-Centered Care community specializing in services to non-geriatric adults with severe neurodegenerative physical disabilities resulting in paraplegia and quadriplegia.  Inglis’ Person-Centered Care vision is to strive every day to create a homelike environment where residents and staff work together with autonomy and a deep sense of community. The 252 residents — all wheelchair users — range in age from 20 to 90 (average age 54) and their primary diagnoses a range of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders such as multiple sclerosis (fully 43% of the current Inglis House population), cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury.   Along with providing medical and personal care, a key aspect of the mission of serving younger adults is recognizing they typically have a wider range of needs than a geriatric nursing home resident. Younger adults, whether congenitally disabled or disabled later in life, struggle to achieve goals that give a sense of autonomy, mastery and creativity.  Inglis House provides a range of medical, personal and enrichment services that enable residents to live life to the fullest. Inglis House is recognized as a “Center of Excellence in Long-term Care” by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for its excellent clinical care and quality of life programs for people with physical disabilities — one of only 10 organizations in the country to receive this important designation.  Inglis is one of eight residential facilities throughout the United States that offers such highly specialized, long-term care for people with physical disabilities.     Inglis Community Based Services supports more than 800 people living independently in the community through resources including: accessible housing, care management (helping people navigate the health care system), a day program, Adapted Technology training and community employment.    Inglis is the largest provider of affordable accessible housing in the Greater Philadelphia region with more than 300 accessible, affordable apartment homes for people with disabilities, including 80 new units just opened at Inglis Gardens at Belmont Pennypack Crossing, developed with Conifer, opening this summer in the Northeast as our next housing site with more in development.

Inglis welcomes great people without regard to disability, race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, military service, marital status, or any other characteristics, as protected by law.  We encourage all Protected Veterans and the long-term unemployed to apply.  Please send resume to Inglis Human Resources, 2600 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131 or via email to careers@inglis.org   EOE, M/F/D/V