In State facilities this class is accountable for the assessment, planning and administration of occupational therapy services for persons with physical, mental and/or developmental disablilities
Works under the general supervision of an Occupational Therapy Supervisor, Rehabilitation Therapy Supervisor 2 or other employee of higher grade.
May supervise/lead occupational therapy staff of lower grade or other staff as assigned; provides training and consultation to direct care staff on activities related to the specialty.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Selects, plans, administers and implements occupational therapy programs for training of persons with mental, physical and/or developmental disablities; administers individual and group instructions to clients in various occupational therapies including but not limited to activities of daily living, independent living skills, sensorimotor skills and performance components, psychosocial skill and performance components, therapeutic adaptations and specialized assessments; determines and carries out treatment and activities for individual clients consistent with physician prescription; assesses clients educational needs; organizes new projects and methods; consults with supervisor, physicians and other professionals regarding client reactions, progress and treatment plans; recommends changes in individual client treatment; participates in training programs for professional and paraprofessional staff; attends and participates in workshops and conferences; instructs and demonstrates to clients and parents treatments to be carried on in a treatment center and at home; maintains records and prepares reports on client care and administrative matters; orders supplies; coordinates efforts of volunteers; may escort clients on trips into community; may perform duties in clients home or community settings; may act as supervisor in his/her absence; may act as a consultant, advisor or resource person to other staff, programs or units; may attend conferences, client study meetings and clinics; may maintain inventory; may serve as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional; coordinates occupational therapy services with other disciplines such as physical, speech and rehabilitative therapies; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Knowledge of principles and practices of occupational therapy; knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, neuroanatomy and individual and group dynamics as applied to occupational therapy; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; skill in application of occupational therapy techniques; ability to gain interest, cooperation and confidence of clients.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
One (1) year of experience as an Occupational Therapist.
Incumbents in this class must be registered as a licensed Occupational Therapist in the State of Connecticut or possess a temporary permit to practice Occupational Therapy at the time of appointment.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of American Sign Language in certain designated positions.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to danger of injury and to moderately disagreeable conditions while providing treatment to clients/patients.
Non-Examined refers to Section 5-219 of the Connecticut General Statutes which permits appointment of candidates to competitive positions without formal examination when a professional license, professional degree, accreditation or certificate is a mandatory requirement for appointment to a class
This replaces the existing specification for the same class in the same Salary Group HC 23 approved effective September 1, 1999. (Revised to modify Purpose of Class)