Education Rehabilitation Specialist
Southwestern VA Ment Hlth Inst - Virginia

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To provide Education Rehabilitation groups and activities with an emphasis on developing healthy lifestyles for adult and geriatric patients with a wide variety of mental disabilities.

Knowledge of educational assessments methods and experience in development of Education Rehabilitation strategies, including the ability to design goals, objectives and interpret data into progress statements and/or program modifications is preferred. Knowledge of group dynamics and how to conduct group and individual sessions that promote recovery with persons diagnosed with severe and persistent metal illness; ability to use education based modalities for therapeutic purposes is preferred. Skills in relating to and communicating with persons on all levels of an organization, within an interdisciplinary team setting and with community partners. Proven history of ability to use good judgment and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of and skill in teaching Recovery principals and Psychiatric Rehabilitation practices, SWVMHI and Rehabilitation Department Policy. Ability to consistently lift less than twenty pounds during provision of services to patients. Ability to occasionally perform moderate to heavy lifting (20 to < 50 pounds) during the provision job duties. Ability to consistently stand, bend, reach and walk while providing therapeutic activities to patients. Ability to consistently tolerate a fast pace, multiple stimuli and frequent changes in work environment. Ability to consistently handle intense patient interaction during daily provision. Ability to sit for extended periods of time during meetings, while completing documentation and during the provision of therapeutic activities to patients.

SWVMHI is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with major studies in an area emphasizing Education or Educational Psychology. Certification in Education or Rehabilitation preferred. Experience in developing and implementing Educational Rehabilitation programs with special populations. Previous experience providing educational services at a professional level setting for persons with severe and persistent metal illness is preferred. Proven ability to demonstrate positive leadership that results in meeting established standards and outcomes. Experience interpreting/implementing programs governed by Federal or State regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

Special Requirements

A fingerprint-based criminal history check along with a check with the Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services and drug testing (for safety-sensitive positions) will be conducted on finalist candidates for positions.