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Certified TR Program Plan Designer I (Writer) ($20/hr)

by Hawke Robinson published Jun 17, 2017 08:40 PM, last modified Jun 19, 2017 03:12 AM
A mid-level position. The Certified Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program Plan Designer I, develops, documents, and updates our TR based program plan documents. Program plans are created for in-company projects, and created on a client-facility-specific basis as needed. Billable rate $20/hr. Volunteer-level free training begins immediately. Billable positions open Summer 2018.

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Program Plan Designer Level 1

Department(s): Therapeutic Recreation Programming / RPG Programming

Location(s): Varies

Reports to: Senior Program Planner

General Purpose

The Certified TR Program Planner will work with staff (and optionally clients) to create documentation for our program plans following Therapeutic Recreation methodologies and processes.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Documentation of RPG Therapeutics processes, methodologies, and policies.
  • Regular use of complete TR program plan creation process
  • Therapeutic Recreation professional standards oversight compliance
  • Drum circle and other music-related documentation
  • RPG programs documentation
  • Working with senior program planners, oversee, design, and implement program plans
  • Run therapeutic RPG/LARP sessions for clients.
  • Assist Game Masters and other specialists in preparing adventures and activities in accordance with RPG Therapeutics rules and guidelines, including GM Code of Conduct.
  • Customize program plans to meet client's assessed needs.
  • Oversee completion of assessment forms
  • Oversee character sheet design in relation to program plan goals
  • Insure participant compliance with Player Code of Conduct.
  • Regularly report to other RPG Therapist staff.
  • Attend either in-person or via remote access, at least one training session / administrative meeting per week (3-4 hours)
  • Strongly self-motivated
  • Strong collaborative work ethic
  • Reliable schedule compliance


Education and Training


  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
  • Washington State Registered Recreational Therapist (other state licensing will be considered as well).
  • Bachelor's Degree


Optional but preferred:

  • Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC).
  • Other RPG Related certifications/training.
  • Recreation /event management training/certification.
  • Master's degree
  • Other therapeutic and recreation certification, training, degrees, licensing.


Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum 2+ years Therapeutic Recreation / Recreational Therapy professional field experience.
  • Extensive TR program plan writing experience complying with CTRS related professional standards.



  • 5+ years TR/RT professional field experience
  • 5+ years experience with role-playing games (RPG)
  • 2+ years experience as Game Master (GM)
  • 5+ years experience with music, especially music therapy


Core Competencies

  • Strong therapeutic background
  • Strong recreational background
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Exceptional organization skills
  • Exceptional storytelling skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic communication style that excites others with your passion about the topics discussed.
  • "Can do" attitude, and an eye for seeing where people need help before they have to ask.
  • Outgoing presence.
  • Passionate supportive energy


Working Conditions

Certified Program Plan Designer I can work remotely, but may be required to periodically attend RPG Therapeutics offices or other locations including but not limited to:

  • Conventions
  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Educational institutions
  • Care facilities
  • Mobile Facility, the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer at various locations


Hours: Varies

Job Type: Contract

Job Location:

  • Spokane, WA


Required education:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • CTRS


Required language:

  • English


Required licenses or certifications:

  • Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
  • Related therapeutic license/certification/degree


  • Are you in Spokane, WA?
  • Have you completed the following level of education: Bachelor's?
  • How many years of Game Master experience do you have?
  • Do you speak English?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC)?
  • Do you have the following license or certification: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)?
  • Are you authorized to work in the following country: United States?
  • Are you willing to undergo a background check?


Note: We have overwhelming demand from paying clients far outpacing our ability to provide services due to a lack of sufficiently qualified people. Since it is so difficult to find qualified candidates, we are willing to take on the more exceptional and dedicated prospects as volunteer trainees to prepare them to fulfil next year's client demand. So some of these positions may be intended for billable/payable hiring in 2018.

Note:Since we know how difficult it is to find candidates with the requisite certifications, a combination of skills, experience, and related training/certification/degree will also be taken into consideration. For those candidates already meeting most of the GM experience background, and that already have other related education/training/certification, there is the option to apply as a trainee to receive training and experience working toward certification. Since even this is challenging to find, we are also able to accept a limited number of candidates as volunteer employees, and/or unpaid trainees/interns, to receive free training to work toward passing the certification tests. The courses are typically available about once per week, and at that rate, candidates typically take anywhere from 3 months to a year to reach sufficient qualification for passing the certification.

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