Variable days and hours, including holidays and occasional weekends.
- Plans and implements specialized programs using a variety of rehabilitation and expressive therapies.
- Includes physical, social, and creative skills designed to promote patient recovery, resiliency, and independence.
Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Music, Therapeutic Recreation, Occupational Therapy, or related discipline.
CPR and CPI Certified per policy. Licensure or Certification as required by accreditation or certification body specific to the individual’s discipline.
Three years clinical experience in a psychiatric setting, with at least one year’s experience applying activity therapy methods and techniques.
ERGONOMICS / WORKING CONDITIONS
- % TIME SITTING - 60% (records review, therapy sessions, telephone, documentation, and computer entry).
- % TIME STANDING - 15% (group facilitation, copy machine, filing).
- % TIME WALKING - 25% (distribution of materials, group activities, oversight of milieu, filing).
- % TIME BENDING - Up to 25% (access files/reports, office and program supplies).
- WEIGHT LIFTED/CARRIED - Up to 40 lbs.
- HANDS - Ability to: provide activity groups as scheduled; perform physical interventions; document clearly in the medical record; use the fax, telephone, computer keyboard and security door key pad or keys.
- VISION - Ability to effectively read, write and process information accurately; input/retrieve information to/from the computer, fax, phone and patient records; see objects and persons near and at a distance.
- HEARING - Ability to: communicate effectively with others and to give, take and process information; use the telephone extensively; ability to hear patients and staff on the unit so response can be timely and appropriate to needs; hear alarms or other sounds that may indicate a safety concern.
- WORKING CONDITIONS - Exposure to: infection from disease-bearing specimens; blood-borne pathogens, body fluids and wastes; hazardous anesthetic agents; occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or departmental elements; occasionally subjected to irregular or prolonged hours; occasional exposure to high risk behaviors from patients or visitors that may result in agitation, aggression or violence; exposure to critical incidents and possible exposure to sentinel events.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
PROGRAM PLANNING & COORDINATION
- Establish a therapeutic activities program in accordance with clinical guidelines and modalities recognized and accepted by the behavioral field.
- Plan, acquire and maintain adequate inventory of materials and equipment used in the program.
- Prepare and implement an activities therapy schedule.
- Coordinate recognition and observance of holidays or special events with appropriate decorations, theme appropriate groups, activities and snacks for patients and families
- Provide therapeutic activities for assigned patients as scheduled.
- Assess patient needs and facilitate activities that are appropriate to age, development, needs and interests of the patients served.
- Document group sessions in the medical record per hospital requirements.
- Seek clinical supervision and support when complications arise in dealing with a patient(s) either in an individual or group setting.
- Maintain current knowledge of expressive therapy methods and techniques.
- Research best practices and program models.
- Modify program using patient and staff feedback and research data to improve program quality and effectiveness.
TREATMENT TEAM MEMBER
- Provide services as a member of the multidisciplinary team and as directed by the attending physician, the Director of Social Services and the patient treatment plan.
- Communicate with nursing staff any changes in a patient’s status, including medical or behavioral.
- Interact with patients, family members, external entities and internal staff professionally and respectfully.
- Work collaboratively with all treatment team members to create a treatment environment that supports the hospital’s mission to provide exemplary patient care and customer service.
- Act to preserve patient and family dignity and safety.
- Documentation for medical records and reports is timely, legible, thorough, and in required format.
- Document as required including assessments, treatment plan, and group notes
- Update and revise treatment plan as assigned and per policy.
NON-SUPERVISORY CORE COMPETENCIES (SKILLS)
- CUSTOMER SERVICE - Ability to provide excellent service to internal and external customers.
- COMMUNICATION - Ability to effectively listen, process received information, and express ideas verbally and in writing.
- INITIATIVE - Ability to initiate action, takes personal responsibility, suggest improvements, and solve problems within scope of job without being asked.
- POLICY AND PROCEDURE COMPLIANCE - Ability to understand and comply with government regulations, regulatory standards and hospital policies.
- INFORMATION MANAGEMENT - Ability to record, report, and maintain confidentiality of information and respond to requests for information.
- PRODUCTIVITY - Ability to get assigned work done in an acceptable manner, in the time allotted, with minimal prompting or reminders.