PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state facility or institution this class is accountable for receiving generalized paraprofessional training in the implementation of treatment plans, designed by a professional therapist, to improve or correct disorders in the mental, emotional, or motor status of patients and/or clients.
Initially works under close supervision of an employee of higher grade; may work more independently with acquired experience.
Generally does not exercise supervision.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Receives training in and assists in a variety of rehabilitation services; therapeutically uses constructive rehabilitation activities in skilled crafts and various art forms; conducts recreational activities; participates in interdisciplinary treatment teams; observes, reports and charts patient and/or client behavior or response; cleans areas and maintains equipment and supplies; under supervision of a professional therapist may prepare treatment plans; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Some knowledge of rehabilitation principles and practices; some knowledge of physical and psychosocial disorders; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to encourage, instruct and work effectively with patients; ability in one or more art forms or crafts applicable to therapy program; ability to carry out instructions; ability to observe, report and chart patient behavior or response; ability to discern program results.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of experience working with patients and/or clients exhibiting mental, emotional or motor status disorders.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training 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 current certification as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI), Red Cross Advanced Life Saving and/or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients and/or clients and may have some exposure to moderately disagreeable conditions, infectious and/or communicable diseases and risk of injury from assaultive or abusive patients/clients.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(37)-Therapy - (Speech/Physical/Occup/etc)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant 1 in Salary Group FK 12 approved effective January 15, 1988. (Revised to reflect Agency language change)