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Excela Health THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY ASST. - PART-TIME - CAREGIVERS in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Description

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.

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

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

  • Answer phone

  • 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.

Education:

  • 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

Prior Experience:

  • 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

Preferred Factor:

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.

Qualifications

Skills

Required

  • BASIC OFFICE/COMPUTERS: Expert

  • EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION: Expert

  • ORAL/WRITTEN COMMUNICATIO: Expert

  • COPIER: Expert

  • DECISION MAKING ABILITY: Expert

  • FAX MACHINE: Expert

  • FLEXIBILITY: Expert

  • INDEPENDENT THINKING: Expert

  • MICROSOFT OFFICE: Expert

  • MICROSOFT OUTLOOK: Expert

  • ABILITY TO MULTI-TASK: Expert

  • ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Expert

  • SOUND JUDGMENT: Expert

  • TIME MANAGEMENT: Expert

Education

Required

  • HS Diploma/Equivalent or better

Licenses & Certifications

Required

  • BLS (AHA)

Experience

Required

  • Customer Service

Preferred

  • Prior behavioral health experience
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