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Horticulture/Activity Therapist

Job Description

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) is currently seeking candidates for the position of Horticulture Therapist at Georgia Regional Hospital - Atlanta, located in Decatur, GA.

Job Description:

 Plan, direct, or coordinate therapeutic recreation programs. Activities include sports, gardening, dramatics, music, social activities, and arts and crafts. Conducts assessment of a client's condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.



·         Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:


      ·         Conducts therapy sessions to improve clients' mental and physical well-being


·         Confers with members of treatment team to plan and evaluate therapy programs


·         Develops treatment plan to meet needs of client, based on needs assessment, client interests and objectives of therapy


·         Encourages clients with special needs and circumstances to acquire new skills and get involved in health-promoting life skills and leisure activities, such as sports, games, music, arts and crafts, and gardening


·         Instructs client in activities and techniques, such as sports, gardening, dance, music, art or relaxation techniques, designed to meet their specific physical or psychological needs


·         Observes, analyzes, and records clients' participation, reactions, and progress during treatment sessions, modifying treatment programs as needed


·         Obtains information from medical records, medical staff, family members and the clients themselves to assess clients' capabilities, needs and interests


·         Plans, organizes, directs and participates in treatment programs and activities to facilitate clients' rehabilitation, help them integrate into the community and prevent further medical problems


·         Prepares and submits reports and charts to treatment team to reflect clients' reactions and evidence of progress or regression


Sample Technical Competencies:



·         Knowledge of the DSM-IV assessment of different psychological disorders


·         Knowledge of exercise programs such as yoga, aerobics, walking for wellness, and relaxation techniques


·         Ability to utilize the results of the recreation therapy assessment tool to document and interpret the progress/regression of a client


·         Ability to plan, develop and structure program activities according to policies and procedures and consumer's needs


·         Ability to confer with treatment team and counselors for group scheduling, staffing, and program planning


Hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  -  Rotating weekends, rotating evenings.


2 Open Positions






Bachelors Degree in a therapeutic recreation or related therapeutic discipline Note: Some positions may require registration in the area of assignment.

Preferred Qualifications

-  CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist)  MUST HAVE

-  1 year experience in adult mental health / hospital setting


In addition to a competitive salary (), we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

This position is a pay grade 12 on the statewide salary plan.

Employment Information

This position is located at Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta in Atlanta (Decatur), Georgia.

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Applying for this job

ADDITIONAL STEP: To be considered for this position, please also click on the link below and provide the information requested:


Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: grhajobs@dhr.state.ga.us

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Horticulture/Activity Therapist If you are currently employed by DBHDD, please include "Internal Employee" in the subject line as well.

You may be subject to a Drug Screen. You may be required to submit fingerprints to check for the existence of Criminal History Record Information through the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You do have the right to challenge the contents of any Criminal History that is located, should you choose to do so.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides services to ensure the health and welfare of Georgians. As an employee of DBHDD, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.