In a state facility or institution this class is accountable for implementing at a paraprofessional level treatment plans designed by a professional therapist to improve or correct disorders in the mental, emotional or motor status of the patients and/or clients.
Works under the general supervision of an employee of higher grade.
May have lead responsibility over lower level employees.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Works in a variety of rehabilitation services; implements rehabilitation activities; assists in planning rehabilitation activities and programs to improve or correct patient/client disorders; participates in interdisciplinary treatment teams; assumes some responsibility for training new employees and students; observes, reports and charts patient/client behavior or response; prepares records and reports; cleans areas and maintains equipment and supplies; may prepare treatment plans and screen patients/clients under supervision of a professional therapist; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of rehabilitation principles and practices; knowledge of physical and psychosocial disorders and their relationship to therapeutic techniques; knowledge of individual and group dynamics; knowledge of therapy equipment and supplies including proper care and maintenance; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to encourage, instruct and work effectively with patients and/or clients; 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/client behavior or response; ability to discern program results.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
Three (3) years of experience working with patients and/or clients exhibiting mental, emotional, or motor status disorders.
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been as a Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant 1 or its equivalent.
An Associate's Degree in a recognized therapeutic discipline may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.
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. In this case the Special Requirement must still be met.
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 in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
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 and/or abusive patients and/or clients.
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in Salary Group HB 14 approved effective January 4, 1985.