Excela Health THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY ASST. - PART-TIME - CAREGIVERS in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Job Summary: Position in the West Place Drop-In Center. The Therapeutic Activities Assistant who will model recovery based behavior in a community based behavioral health program. A Drop-In Center is a central place for self-help, advocacy, education and socialization. As a therapeutic activities assistant the job provides an opportunity for assisting mental health consumers on socializing and networking that addresses the isolation felt by many, especially those in mental health recovery.
SHIFT: 2-3 days per week, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM, may work weekends, and 1 holiday per year. Days and hours are subject to change.
Essential Functions: Defined as duties specific to the job, that, if removed, would change the entire purpose of the job; to include the Essential Physical Demands and Essential Working Conditions of this position.
I. Core Essential Functions:
Follow an overall rehabilitation philosophy and provide guidance to fellow staff and clients in methods of achieving them.
Self-Directed: Consumers determine the their own path to recovery
Individuated and person centered: There are multiple pathways to recovery based on individuals’ unique strengths, needs, preferences, experiences and cultural backgrounds.
Empowerment: Consumers can choose among options and participate in all decisions that affect them
Holistic: Recovery focuses on people’s entire lives, including mind, body, spirit and community.
Nonlinear: Recovery isn’t a step-by-step process but one based on continual growth, occasional setbacks and learning from experience.
Strengths-based: Recovery builds on people’s strengths.
Peer support: Mutual support plays an invaluable role in recovery
Respect: Acceptance and appreciation by society, communities, systems of care and consumers themselves are crucial to recovery.
Responsibility: Consumers are responsible for their own self-care and journeys of recovery.
Hope: Recovery’s central, motivating message is a better future — that people can and do overcome obstacles.
Assist in preparing and cooking meals.
Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the program.
Clean up of meal; wash dishes, silverware, pots, and pans
Putting the napkins in washer/dryer
Put clean pots, pans, dishes, silverware away after washing and drying
Take out garbage to dumpster
Sweep and mop area if necessary
Participate in and accompany members in outing and activities.
Ensure the safety of the program, program’s property, and individuals attending the program.
Follow safety policy, protocols as set forth by Excela Health Systems and Caregivers of SWPA
Assist at the front desk for designated times.
Welcome members to the program
Sign members in and out of program
Document inventory of all needed supplies.
Put necessary items on list in kitchen unit to be bought
Complete documentation that is associated with the program.
Have clients fill out information sheet every 6 months
Have clients fill out release of information every 6 months
Sign members into program
Sign members out of program
Follow all program and organization policies and procedures.
II. Specialty Essential Functions:
- Ability to effectively engage and motivate members to participate in activities
offered at Drop In
Act honestly and ethically in all member interactions
Ability to effectively work as a member of a multidisciplinary team and encourage building of natural community support
Closing of Drop-in center
Lock all interior and exterior doors
Set the alarm system to arm
Shut off all the lights in building
Turn off the coffee pot
Clean the coffee pot
Set up coffee brewer for next day
Closing out the register at the snack bar on a nightly basis
Counting the money from the snack bar and balancing the account
Putting the money into the safe at end of night
III. Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).
- Performs other duties as required.
IV. Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.
- High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent knowledge
Certification / Licensure / Regulation:
Criminal background check
Child Protection Services
CPR certified; Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program.
Child Abuse Clearance; Act 33/34
FBI Fingerprinting Act 73
Child mandated court Reporting Training
Complete 18 hours a year of Mental Health Training
- Customer service
Other Skills and Abilities:
Sound judgment, problem solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to follow directions from other team members; works independently assigned duties
Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments
Knowledge of basic Office Equipment such as copier, fax machine, etc.
Proficiency in the use of Excel Spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and various software programs
Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Outlook
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to work independently and in a team setting; creativity in treatment in various settings including inpatient, skilled nursing and outpatient clinics; ability to transition smoothly between various treatment settings; flexibility in scheduling.
Ability to communicate with all members of the health care team
Independent thinking and decision-making ability
Proficient oral and written communication skills
These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.
- Prior behavioral health experience
The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.
BASIC OFFICE/COMPUTERS: Expert
EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION: Expert
ORAL/WRITTEN COMMUNICATIO: Expert
DECISION MAKING ABILITY: Expert
FAX MACHINE: Expert
INDEPENDENT THINKING: Expert
MICROSOFT OFFICE: Expert
MICROSOFT OUTLOOK: Expert
ABILITY TO MULTI-TASK: Expert
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Expert
SOUND JUDGMENT: Expert
TIME MANAGEMENT: Expert
- HS Diploma/Equivalent or better
Licenses & Certifications
- BLS (AHA)
- Customer Service
- Prior behavioral health experience