The Therapist Technician will be hired and/or directly supervised by a Rehabilitation Therapist IV, or Education and Training Manager. The Therapist Technician's primary responsibilities include: assist the habilitation/rehabilitation supervisor in providing assistance to individuals for an assigned therapeutic specialty, (e.g., supported employment job coaching and/or vocational rehabilitation and vocational/day program). Work involves assisting with services as directed by implementing treatment plans for assigned therapeutic specialty and geriatric day programming. May accompany individuals to and from activities and appointments, perform housekeeping duties in therapeutic activity/employment areas.
The Therapist Technician assists individuals, referred for retirement/day programming, by completing day programming assessments and identifying preferences in programming services. This involves conducting programming exploration, sensory stimulation as well as review of personal preferences and determination of appropriate programming services. Responsibilities also include advocating for the individuals participating in the New Horizons program. The Therapist Technician generally works an 8-5, M-F shift but may include flexible scheduling as necessary to meet facility needs. Work mainly involves teaching, modeling, and training liesure activities and structured activities for a group of adults with developmental disabilities in a geriatric/day program environment. The Therapist Technician may at times have to interact with persons with verbally and/or physically aggressive personalities and behavior.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
Prepares materials for assessments using the data from prior assessments, and assists in conducting assessments as directed.
Accompanies individuals to and from activities and appointments, if required.
Prepares materials for therapeutic activities and maintains an adequate supply of materials.
Performs housekeeping duties in therapeutic activity areas as instructed,
Provides assistance to individuals for an assigned therapeutic specialty, (e.g., supported employment job coaching and/or
vocational rehabilitation and vocational/day program) through hands-on methods.
Performs direct contact observations and completes observation notes.
Collects data related to treatment plans as instructed.
Provides feedback to the interdisciplinary team about the individual's progress, works with Direct Support Professionals
(DSP) to maintain a connection and assists with the development of treatment plans for the assigned discipline.
Provides treatment goals that are feasible for the team to implement that are also in the best interest of the individual.
Maintains current skills in relation to assigned responsibilities.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Some knowledge of therapeutic methods and techniques in the rehabilitation therapy area of specialization of developmental disabilities.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Experience in the use of equipment, tools, and materials used in therapeutic activities.
Ability in written and oral communication.
Ability to assist in development of treatment and support plans.
Ability to collect data collection for assigned therapeutic specialty (e.g., music therapy, therapeutic recreation, dance/movement therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, or vocational rehabilitation).
Ability to utilize personal computers and relevant software.
General knowledge of ICF-IID regulations and State Supported Living Center policies and procedures is preferred.
Physical requirements are the same as those for direct contact staff positions.
Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Must possess valid Texas driver's license or obtain it no later than 90 days after hire date. Applicants with an out-of-state driver's license must provide an original certified driving record from the state of driving licensure. Eligible driving record required based on HHSC Fleet Management policy
Initial Selection Criteria:
High school diploma or GED preferred.
At least one year experience in providing assistance to therapists for a therapeutic specialty (e.g. music therapy, therapeutic recreation, dance/movement therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology or vocation rehabilitation)
Work experience in the provision of active treatment.
Salary Note: The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities.
Males between the ages of 18 - 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68L, 65A, 65B, HM, 4C0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.