PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state facility this class is accountable for the evaluation, planning and application of a recognized therapeutic discipline to provide treatment for persons with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
This class is the junior working level within the professional rehabilitation series. Incumbents in this class provide direct care to persons with disabilities in the areas of art, dance and movement, music and therapeutic recreation therapy. Promotion to the working level normally occurs once incumbents have demonstrated solid job content knowledge and the ability to independently perform the full range of professional duties. It is possible that incumbents would remain at the junior working level if the organization does not require the range of duties appropriate to the full working level or if the incumbent is not able to independently perform the range of working level duties.
Works under the general supervision of a Rehabilitation Therapist 2 or other designated employee of higher grade; receives closer supervision when performing more advanced tasks.
May lead Rehabilitation Therapy Assistants, direct care aides or rehabilitation therapy and nursing students; may provide training, consultation and direction to direct care staff on issues and activities relating to the specialty.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Evaluates client and/or patient level of functioning by assessing behavior and reviewing medical, social and emotional case histories; writes and implements treatment plans using a specific modality; conducts individual and group activities, consulting with other professionals and selecting appropriate techniques and materials to teach skills to correct disorders in mental, emotional or motor status of a client and/or patient; attends case conferences, actively participating in admission, treatment and discharge planning; observes, records and evaluates client and/or patient progress; participates in or assists in conducting training programs for staff therapists and rehabilitation and nursing students; uses data from observation and diagnostic evaluations to develop goals and new activities; administers and interprets evaluations in speciality areas; requisitions and distributes supplies; adapts musical, art and recreational equipment used in designated discipline; may attend workshops and conferences; may transport and escort clients to off grounds activities; may perform prevocational activities with client and/or patient; may participate in and plan special activities within community; may perform duties in client and/or patient home or community setting; may serve as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of principles and practices of a designated therapeutic discipline; knowledge of physical, mental and psychosocial disorders; knowledge of individual and group dynamics; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in application of therapeutic techniques.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of professional experience in the appropriate professional rehabilitation therapy program speciality performing such activities as program evaluation, planning and application for persons with mental, emotional and physical disabilities.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training in the appropriate recognized therapeutic discipline indicated by the parenthetical title may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a certificate as a Water Safety Instructor (W.S.I.), and/or life saving (CPR, First Aid) from the American Red Cross.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign
language or proficient in use of American sign language in certain
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable job conditions while providing treatment to persons with disabilities.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(37)-Therapy - (Speech/Physical/Occup/etc)
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HC 19 approved effective March 30, 2000. (Revised to modify content)