Recreational, Art or Music Therapist - Weekend Only

Universal Health Services (UHS)Universal Health Services (UHS)

Job Description


Recreational, Art or Music Therapist - Weekend (candidate must be licensed in one)


Poplar Springs Hospital is a 183 bed acute care and residential facility. For more than 30 years Poplar Springs Hospital has been guided by its mission of helping those who need the full continuum of behavioral health services. Our facility offers behavioral and psychological treatment for adults and adolescents through our acute programs, adolescent residential programs, as well as programs for active duty military. Poplar Springs Hospital is located in Petersburg, Virginia, 20 minutes south of Richmond and 50 minutes north of North Carolina. Situated on 25 acres, our serene, nature-like setting offers our patients a sense of calm and peace.  We offer families hope through a nurturing environment for adults and adolescents to flourish in their environment. 


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We have a new opening for a Recreational, Art or Music Therapist for Weekends.  This individual will provide ancillary therapy assessments/consults, group activity therapy sessions.  Will carry a case load, develop and implement therapeutic activity sessions, and complete all related documentation. Will assist with development of a related program strategy and monitoring and evaluating patient outcomes.  Interacts with medical, nursing and other program staff members. Provides timely and accurate documentation.  Participates in referral development activities as directed.


Cosigns therapy notes as needed to assure timely charting of AT documentation. Assists in providing training and orientation to new activity therapists.  Directly supports staff development training and clinical education.  Participates in performance improvement committees and other hospital committees as assigned. Assists in recruitment and supervision of student interns. Performs continuous quality improvement activities. Orders supplies and utilizes resources in a fiscally responsible manner to provide quality activity programming. Maintains the environment of care. Actively communicates with AT Director and AT team members as necessary all issues related to AT services. Performs other duties as assigned.


Hours will vary and applicants need to have flexibility with his/her availability. 

As one of the nation's largest and most respected providers of hospital and healthcare services, Universal Health Services, Inc. has built an impressive record of achievement and performance.  Growing steadily since its inception into an esteemed Fortune 500 corporation, annual revenues totaled over $11.6 billion in 2020.  In 2021, UHS was again recognized as one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune; in 2020, UHS ranked #281 on the Fortune 500 and listed #330 in Forbes ranking of U.S. Largest Public Companies.  With its headquarters in King of Prussia, PA, UHS has 89,000 employees and through its subsidiaries operates 26 acute care hospitals, 334 behavioral health facilities, 39 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and various related services located in 38 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom.


If this opportunity is of interest to you, please contact Tina Spiers, Human Resource Manager at 804-862-6318 or send your resume to


Position Requirements:


Licensure/Certification/Registration:  (candidate must be licensed in one (1) of the first 3)

  • Certified or eligibility for certification as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist may be considered
  • Registered Art Therapist Provisional (ATR-P), Registered Art Therapist (ATR), Registered Art Therapist- Board Certified (ATR-BC).
  • Certification in Music Therapy.
  • HWC certification preferred 
  • CPR certification preferred


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and certification.
  • One to two years previous experience preferred.

General Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age per Commonwealth of Virginia Interdepartmental Regulation of Children’s Residential Facilities. (22VAC42-11-380, pg. 43)
  • Must have patience, tact, and a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm.
  • Good communication skills; must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  • Basic clerical skills, basic experience with office equipment (telephone, copy machine, fax, etc.)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to problem solve and accept feedback when circumstances warrant such actions.
  • Willingness to interact with patients with varying levels of cognitive functioning.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and work cooperatively on a multidisciplinary activity therapy team
  • Ability to multitask and independently manage time in an efficient manner.


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We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success.


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