Therapeutic Activities Coordinator
Haven Behavioral Senior Care of Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM

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WORK SCHEDULE
Variable days and hours, including holidays and occasional weekends.

POSITION SUMMARY

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION
Bachelor’s Degree in Art, Music, Therapeutic Recreation, Occupational Therapy, or related discipline.

CERTIFICATION/LICENSES
CPR and CPI Certified per policy. Licensure or Certification as required by accreditation or certification body specific to the individual’s discipline.

EXPERIENCE
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

PROGRAM SERVICES

  • 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.

PROGRAM REFINEMENT

  • 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.

CUSTOMER INTERACTION

  • 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

  • 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.

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