• Summer 2020 Recreation Therapy Internship

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    Check out the Youth Villages Inner Harbour Campus!



    Company Overview
    Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 20+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services.


    Please note this is specifically for students majoring in Recreation Therapy. 


    Program Overview
    Youth Villages’ Residential Treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems.  Our residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combines the unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings.  We have three different types of facilities—Intensive Residential Centers, Open Campuses, and Group Homes.  Located in Tennessee, Georgia, and Massachusetts, all of these facilities utilize the Re-Education of Emotionally Disturbed Children therapy model (Re-Ed). 


    Position Overview

    Youth Villages’ Inner Harbour campus has been serving troubled children and teens for more than 40 years. Focused on experiential learning, young people learn to make decisions for themselves and become comfortable with who they are. They help build self-esteem and self-awareness. They encourage participants to assume responsibility, take risks, overcome fear, and trust themselves and others. The youth in our program often come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Drugs and alcohol, depression, family conflicts, and other behavioral problems have taken their toll. Many have never found the combination of trust, education, accountability and hope necessary to transform their lives and become fulfilled adults.

    Inner Harbour’s recreation therapy program is a vital part of each youth’s treatment. Each child that enters one of Inner Harbour’s programs receives a Recreational Therapy Assessment before they begin participating in the recreation therapy sessions. The assessment examines the child’s history, activities, cognitive and physical abilities, leisure time history, involvement in school, motor skills, etc. Internships are typically 15 weeks long and are offered each semester.


    As an intern in the Recreation Therapy Program at Inner Harbour, you will have the opportunity to do some of the following:


    Work under the supervision of an NCTRC certified staff member
    First half of the internship is spent shadowing one or more recreation therapists, as well as interacting with youth from multiple programs across the Inner Harbour Campus
    Interns learn how to complete assessments and clinical documentation 
    During the second half, interns are designated a specific group(s) where they work with the other recreation therapists to facilitate the groups sessions typically held 3 times per week
    Each session is usually 1-2.5 hours long
    Sessions include having the child set objectives or goals they want to accomplish during the activity and evaluating those objectives at the end of each session.
    Interns also participate in treatment team planning which includes setting recreational goals that are implemented during sessions in addition to the child’s other therapeutic goals.
    Interns typically work one weekend day and four weekdays (i.e. Sunday – Thursday or Tuesday – Saturday)
    Outdoor wilderness activities that include caving, ropes courses, canoeing and hiking are frequent settings for the group sessions.


    On campus housing is available at no cost to the intern if desired.


    Must be pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree in Therapeutic Recreation and have completed junior year.
    Experience working with children or adolescents.
    Please see the Youth Villages internship site for additional internship requirements.


    Physical Requirements:
    Duties performed in these types of environments are often highly stressful and potentially aggressive. Candidates must be able to participate in all physical interventions including all indoor/outdoor therapeutic activities (hiking ,ropes, etc). In addition, working with our troubled youth requires a certain level of stamina and temperament. One must also have the ability to bend, stoop, squat and lift a minimum of 50 lbs.


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