Recreation Therapy Internship

The Recreation Therapy Department at the Behavioral Health Center (BHC) provides learning opportunities only for university-level students. We provide two types of learning opportunities:

  • Observation (up to 4 hours, weekdays only)
  • Internship (full or part-time hours to complete the NCTRC 560-hour requirement)

Observation Hours

Students will have the opportunity to view first-hand the recreation therapy program at the BHC. Students are not allowed to interact with patients. They may observe patient assessment, recovery planning process, group interventions, documentation, and treatment team meetings. The four observations hours are completed during one weekday morning. For information on the approval process, please email Kristen Sargis or call (208) 227-2300.

Internship Description

Students will be able to apply skills learned in their university coursework as well as gain exposure to, and demonstrate competence in, all of the job tasks of a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as outlined by NCTRC. Students will gain knowledge through experience with the therapeutic recreation process. Under supervision of a CTRS, students will become a practicing member of our interdisciplinary treatment team. Students completing an internship at the BHC will gain experience in acute and residential psychiatric settings.

  • Two acute adult units (ages 18 and older)
  • Acute adolescent unit (ages from 12-17 years)
  • Residential adolescent unit (ages from 12-17 years)

Internship Application Process

We accept applications for internships throughout the year, but recommend submitting your completed application six months prior to your desired internship start date. We select interns up to six months prior to the internship date. We generally accept only one intern at a time. The student prep-work, once accepted, is extensive. Planning ahead is strongly recommended.

For more information about our program, visit the Behavioral Health Center page and Teton Peaks.

To apply, please download this application and submit via email to Kristen Sargis. After reviewing the application, if you have further questions about the internship or application process, please email Kristen Sargis or call (208) 227-2300.