Transcript: Recreational Therapist | Mar 31, 1999

A caption on screen reads “Sarah Scott. Recreation Therapist.”

Sarah is in her thirties, has short curly brown hair, and is wearing a blue shirt, a black skirt, and a badge.

Behind her there is a man making food.

Beside them there are people sitting down and eating food.

Sarah says I'M SARAH SCOTT, AND I'M
A RECREATION THERAPIST
HERE AT SUNNYBROOK AND WOMEN'S
HEALTH COLLEGE SCIENCE CENTRE.
AND THIS PROGRAM HERE
IS THE LUNCH ROOM.
AND TODAY WE'LL BE MAKING
OUR WESTERN SANDWICHES.
ARE YOU OKAY?
WHAT I DO IS I MEET WITH
THE PATIENTS AFTER I'VE
RECEIVED A REFERRAL
FROM THE DOCTOR.
I GO IN AND ASSESS
THEIR NEEDS,
AND SEE WHERE THEIR
INTERESTS LIE,
WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE,
WHAT'S PREVENTING THEM
FROM DOING THEIR CURRENT
LEISURE INVOLVEMENT.
AND THEN I TRY AND GET
THEM INVOLVED IN A PROGRAM
OF THEIR INTEREST.
FOR EXAMPLE, PEOPLE LIKE
MENTAL STIMULATION OR
NEWSPAPERS, I WOULD PUT
THEM INTO A GROUP
CALLED MIND GAMES.
AND THAT'S A PROGRAM
WE'RE RUNNING.
CURRENTLY WE'RE
DOING JEOPARDY.
OTHER PROGRAMS, FOR EXAMPLE,
IS THE LUNCH GROUP
WHERE YOU DON'T ALWAYS
HAVE TO LIKE FOOD,
BUT THEY ARE INTERESTED
IN MAKING FOOD AND
GETTING BACK TO A LEVEL
WHERE THEY CAN GO BACK OUT
INTO THEIR OWN HOMES AND
PREPARE THEIR OWN MEALS.
I NEVER KNEW THAT
I WANTED TO DO
RECREATION THERAPY
SPECIFICALLY.

A clip shows a few people cutting up vegetables.

Sarah says BUT I CAME OUT OF BROCK
UNIVERSITY WITH A 4-YEAR DEGREE,
AND I HEARD OF THE GEORGIAN
PROGRAM AND IT INTRIGUED ME
BECAUSE I KNEW IT WAS
8 MONTHS SCHOOLING AND
THEN A 4-MONTH INTERNSHIP.
WHICH IS REALLY WHAT I WANTED,
SOME HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE.
I KNEW I WANTED A CAREER
THAT WAS CHALLENGING
BUT ALLOWED ME TO BE
CREATIVE AS WELL.
AND I WANTED A FAIR AMOUNT
OF AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE
IN MY ROLE AND THIS IS
EXACTLY WHAT I HAVE.
I THINK, HERE AT SUNNYBROOK
ESPECIALLY, RECREATION
THERAPISTS ARE VERY
WELL RECOGNIZED.
I'M A PART OF
THE TEAM ROUNDS.
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS COME
TO ME WITH THEIR CONCERNS
FOR THE PATIENTS AND SAY,
SARAH, HOW CAN YOU HELP
THIS PERSON MEET THIS NEED?

Behind Sarah there is a man in his late sixties sitting down on a wheelchair. He has gray hair, and is wearing a long sleeve flannel shirt.

Sarah says WE WORK WELL TOGETHER
AS A GROUP, AND WE TRY TO
MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PATIENT
FROM A TEAM PERSPECTIVE.

A caption on screen reads “Dave Baldock. Intern.”

Dave is in his forties, is wearing a blue long sleeve shirt with a sun on it and beige trousers.

Dave says AS AN INTERNSHIP,
PRIMARILY YOU'RE INVOLVED
IN SIMILAR EXPERIENCES
WHERE YOU GET TO UTILIZE
THE SKILLS YOU WERE TAUGHT.
BUT THIS COMPLETES
THE PROGRAM.
IT'S A YEAR PROGRAM --
8 MONTHS OF CLASS TIME
AND 4 MONTHS OF
VOLUNTEER TIME
IN A HOSPITAL OR
INSTITUTION OR COMMUNITY
RE-ENTRY PROGRAM.
BY AND LARGE, IT FINALIZES
THE PROGRAM, AND YOU CAN'T
GRADUATE UNTIL YOU'VE
ACCUMULATED 600 HOURS
OR SO IN TERMS OF
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE.
SO IT'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY
TO BRING YOUR CLASSROOM
EXPERIENCES TO LIFE AND
BRING THE CLASSROOM
INTO THE PRACTICAL SETTING.

Sarah appears sitting down next to a man who is in his sixties. He has gray hair and is wearing a black shirt underneath a beige sweater, and glasses. He is doing a painting of a flower.

Sarah says AS WELL AS GROUP
PROGRAMS, WE ALSO RUN
ONE-TO-ONE INTERVENTIONS.
SOMETIMES A PATIENT
WOULD LIKE TO MEET A
SPECIFIC GOAL THAT'S NOT
BEST MET IN A GROUP SETTING.
FOR EXAMPLE,
PAINTING ON SILK.
THERE MIGHT NOT BE THE
DEMAND OF A WHOLE GROUP
OF PEOPLE WANTING
TO DO THAT.
SO IT'S APPROPRIATE THEN
TO DO IT ON A ONE-TO-ONE
BASIS WITH THAT PATIENT
SO THEN THEY CAN MEET
THAT GOAL OF WHATEVER
PARTICULAR PROJECT IT IS
THAT THEY WANT TO WORK ON.
AS A THERAPIST, IT'S
VERY REWARDING.
I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT
I ENJOY WORKING WITH PEOPLE,
BUT TO HELP THEM MOVE
ALONG SO THAT THEY CAN
GET BACK HOME AND BE WELL
WHEREVER THEY'RE GOING IS
VERY REWARDING.
THE ONLY DOWNFALL IS THAT
I DO MISS THEM WHEN THEY GO.

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