Activities Therapist

Regular Full-Time


901 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ

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CentraState Medical Center

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Activities Therapist participates as a multi-disciplinary team member performing recreational therapy assessments, assists in the development of an outcome oriented patient plan of care, therapeutic programming and assists in monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of service through the Performance Improvement Plan.


  • Provides considerate respectful care focused upon the patients’ individual needs and goals toward wellness and recovery.
  • Affirms the patient’s right to make decisions regarding his/her medical care, including the decision to discontinue treatment, to the extent permitted by law.
  • Demonstrates the ability to obtain and interpret information in consideration of the needs of the age of the patients.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of age related considerations in the provision of activity services.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of growth, development and/or adult health throughout the life span as appropriate to the job performed.
  • Successfully completes life-span education as appropriate.
  • Completes an assessment on all patients related to Activities within 72 hours of admission.
  • Evaluations accurately reflect the patient’s leisure and recreational interests, goals, current ability to communicate, ability to participate in group and individual activities. The evaluation concludes with identification of targeted needs/ problems and identifies as meaningful activity interventions.
  • Develops appropriate plan of care based on patient assessment and physician’s orders.
  • Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team in the development of the Comprehensive Treatment Plan.
  • Engages the patient and assists the patient in developing long and short term activity goals.
  • Updates treatment plan and activity goals as indicated by patient progress.
  • Designs activity experiences that stimulates and fosters interest, encourages socialization, promotes wellness and recovery, encourages exploration and development of creative potential, teach new coping skills, increases self awareness, bolsters self esteem and conveys a sense of hope and worth.
  • Assists patients in obtaining and maintaining optimal level of recreational/social functioning.
  • Determines an effective approach to engage and integrate the patients to attend and participate in activity programming.
  • Encourages patient to participate in appropriate activities based on assessment and goals.
  • Provides support and encouragement to patients through group activity and individual interventions.
  • Plans individual and group activities based on the patient assessment and goals.
  • Evaluates the needs and goals of the patient population and adds new activities or modify existing programs as clinically indicated.
  • Follows Standard Precautions.
  • Confers with physician and multi-disciplinary treatment team regarding patient’s progress and treatment program.
  • Documents assessments and notes concisely and accurately in the Computerized Information System.
  • Keeps an accurate record of inventory.
  • Maintains required certifications and licenses.


Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Music Therapy, or Art Therapy required


Work Experience:

Minimum of two years related experience on a psychiatric unit.


Licenses and Certifications:

Certification in Activity Therapy required

Non-violent Crisis Intervention certification required.  New hires must receive certification within 3 months of hire.  


Required Knowledge and Skills:

Strong professional, organizational, and interpersonal skills to effectively relate with all members of the healthcare team

About Us

CentraState Healthcare System, a partner of Atlantic Health System, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and convenient satellite health pavilions offering primary care and specialty physician practices, along with access to outpatient services, such as lab and physical therapy. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of less than two percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times and was designated a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company by Great Place to Work® for the second consecutive year.


When you bring your talent to CentraState, you are joining a trailblazing healthcare facility, committed to providing high-quality, patient-focused care. Join us in making incredible strides in health care, and making a difference in our community. We believe in enriching the lives of our employees through work/life balance initiatives, tuition assistance, career advancement opportunities and much more.


Find out why our employees love their jobs and being part of the CentraState family!


What We Offer:

  • Highly competitive compensation
  • Excellent benefits package and rewards program
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • 401(a) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Life Insurance 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Profit Sharing Program
  • Growth Opportunity and Workforce Development Initiatives
  • Continuing Education / Onsite Training
  • A warm, welcoming company culture based upon mutual respect and a collaborative goal of providing excellent patient care
  • Concierge Services with Work & Family Benefits
  • Magnet recognized healthcare facility
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At CentraState Healthcare System, we welcome and promote the diversity of our employee family!  Each unique person contributes to the overall success of this organization. Our inclusive culture fosters an environment of professionalism and respect for personal differences.


CentraState Healthcare System, is an equal employment opportunity employer and federal contractor or subcontractor and, therefore, abides by applicable laws to protect applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual or affectional orientation, national origin or nationality, citizenship status, disability, age, genetics, protected veteran status, ancestry, marital status.