THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES SERVICES WORKER by JS15NU

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									THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES SERVICES WORKER P4181   (L0872)



Definition: This is professional work in the field of
therapeutic activities at a facility for the mentally ill or
retarded.

An employee in this class designs, implements, and evaluates the
therapeutic activity segment of individual program plans to
further the comprehensive treatment/habilitation of patients/
residents. Programs are characterized by activities which
overlap or combine various aspects of therapeutic recreation,
occupational therapy, or vocational adjustment services. The
employee conducts formal patient/resident assessments of
functioning levels, strengths, and needs and formulates
suggested methods for responding to assessed needs for
presentation to a multi-disciplinary team. The employe
participates with the team in the development of individual
patients'/residents' program plans, and selects therapeutic
activities to meet individual needs identified by the
comprehensive team assessment. The employe monitors and reports
patient/resident progress to the team and adapts therapeutic
activities as dictated by the changing needs of the
patient/resident. The employe may train, supervise, or direct
non-professional personnel. An important aspect of the work is
the on-going review and evaluation of patient/resident needs and
progress toward achieving program goals. Work is performed
independently under general supervision and is reviewed by a
supervisor for quality and achievement of therapeutic activities
program goals through observation, conferences and reports.

Examples of Work: Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates
therapeutic activities segments of comprehensive individual
patient/resident program plans.

Develops specifically planned therapeutic activity goals and
objectives to implement the therapeutic activity segments of
comprehensive individual program plans.

Contributes to therapeutic activity program planning and
development.

Supervises or directs and instructs therapeutic activity aides
in the conduct of individual and group therapeutic activities,
which overlap or combine various aspects of therapeutic
recreation, occupational therapy and/or vocational adjustment
services, such as self care skills training, activities of daily
living training, physical restorative activities, pre-vocational
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activities, and activities related to art, music or dance
therapy.

Attends multi-disciplinary team meetings and provides
recommendations regarding the use or benefit of specific

therapeutic activities methods in the individual patients'/
residents' program plans.

Coordinates scheduling of space, equipment and staff for
therapeutic activities within assigned areas and integrates
scheduling with services provided by other clinical disciplines.

Screens and prepares referrals to other therapeutic activities
or other clinical services.

In mental health facilities, plans and conducts advanced or
specialized therapeutic activities for which the employee is
clinically privileged.

Provides individual instruction, direction, and support to
patients/residents.

Maintains necessary administrative and clinical records, and
requisitions supplies and equipment needed for the
implementation of therapeutic activities services.

Participates in in and out service training to keep abreast of
theory and methods in the field of therapeutic activities
services.

Participates in therapeutic activity services staff meetings.

May conduct in-service training for aides, volunteers, and other
facility staff.

Performs related work as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of the
theory and principles of one or more of the therapeutic activity
disciplines used in the treatment/habilitation of the mentally
ill and retarded, such as therapeutic recreation, occupational
therapy, vocational adjustment services; or art, music, or dance
therapy.

Knowledge of the various therapeutic activities which overlap or
combine aspects of therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy,
or vocational adjustment services, such as self care skills

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training, activities of daily living training, physical
restorative activities, pre-vocational activities, and
activities related to art, music and dance therapy, and the
techniques to motivate patient/resident interest in them.

Knowledge of the types and specifications of equipment and
supplies needed for therapeutic activities services, and their
proper care and maintenance.

Knowledge of individual and group behavior and effective ways of
working with the mentally ill and retarded.

Knowledge of behavioral, rehabilitative, and developmental
principles and practices, and their application to daily living
situations.

Knowledge of Departmental and facility policy and applicable
standards.

Knowledge of health and safety policies, procedures and
practices.

Skill in assessing patient/resident functioning level,
strengths, needs, and progress of patients/residents relative to
therapeutic activities program requirements.

Skill in writing clear and understandable assessments, program
plans and progress notes in behavioral terms.

Skill in observing and evaluating patient/resident behavior, and
in adapting activities to meet individual needs of patients/
residents.

Ability to design, implement, and evaluate therapeutic activity
segments of individual program plans in accordance with
patients'/residents' functioning levels, strengths, and needs.

Ability to write clear and concise therapeutic activities
program plan descriptions, goals, and objectives.

Ability to supervise aides.

Ability to foster interest, initiative, responsibility, and
independence on the part of patients/residents, and assist them
in developing appropriate behavior.

Ability to coordinate therapeutic activities with services
offered by other clinical disciplines.

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Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

Ability to instruct other professional and non-professional
staff in the theory and practice of a therapeutic activities
discipline such as therapeutic recreation, occupational therapy,
vocational adjustment services; or art, music, or dance therapy.

Minimum Experience and Training: One year as a Therapeutic
Activities Services Trainee;

or

Graduation from a four year college or university with major
course work in therapeutic recreation, physical education,
vocational rehabilitation, vocational education or counseling;
occupational art, music, or dance therapy; or a related human
services field;

or

Four years of experience in the field of therapeutic activities
services for those with mental or physical illnesses or
handicaps;

or

Any equivalent combination of experience and training.




Date Established or Last Revised

Class Specification – 1994




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