Recreational Therapist

Tennyson Center for Children
 Denver, CO

Salary Range: $45,760.00 to $62,400.00

Job Summary and Purpose

Tennyson Center’s K-12 Day Treatment School focuses on meeting the individualized needs of children and adolescents. The Day Treatment program provides a 4:1 student-to-staff ratio that integrates social, emotional, behavioral, and academic learning and growth. Our goal is to create a learning environment where children and adolescents feel safe and supported to heal and develop the necessary skills to succeed in a less restrictive setting.

Tennyson Center is seeking a qualified recreational therapist to support children and adolescents ages 5-18 in a trauma sensitive, developmentally diverse, individual or group-like setting by planning and implementing recreational interventions designed to promote skill development and meet specific goals and objectives of a treatment plan.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assess and establish recreational therapy treatment goals and objectives to meet the individual needs of clients ages 5-18 years old and provide input on Clinician treatment plans, as appropriate
  • Develop engaging programming based on diversity of participants, interests, and needs
  • Coordinates therapeutic recreational activities for both individuals and groups to support skill development
  • Evaluate progress and effectiveness of recreational therapy interventions
  • Works collaboratively with clients on internal and external multidisciplinary teams to ensure continuity of care
  • Completes all necessary paperwork in a timely, accurate and thorough manner including but not limited to, treatment planning, progress notes and other required documentation
  • Must be able to lead, manage and supervise a group of up 12 children or adolescents on average.
  • Must be able to work independently, communicate effectively and be flexible
  • Experience working with diverse populations

Other Job Functions

  • Ability to provide resources and recommendations to clients and families regarding recreational resources in their community
  • Participates in organizational trainings and meetings as required
  • Other duties requested or assigned

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to implement behavioral management techniques as needed

Working Condition

  • On-campus environment, school based, and day treatment setting
  • Position required to be on-site 100% of time
  • Minimal travel may be required

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS Degree in Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation required
  • CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) required
  • Related experience in an educational setting with children K-12 with emotional disabilities and other learning challenges.
  • Knowledge of program development and implementation preferred
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, standards, and techniques of Recreation Therapy
  • Valid CO Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Ability to be Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) trained and TCI refreshers maintained over the course of employment.


Must demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States in compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Tennyson Center for Children currently does not sponsor work visas.

Tennyson Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer; we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We seek applicants of diverse backgrounds and prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, military status, conditions relating to pregnancy or childbearing, and/or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. If you have any questions, please email our team at We appreciate your interest in Tennyson Center for Children.