Excela Health THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITY WORKER - CAREGIVERS WEST PLACE DROP-IN CENTER - CASUAL in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Job Summary: Position in the West Place Drop-In Center. The Therapeutic Activities Worker 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 worker lead 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: Monday, 1:00 PM-9:00 PM, Wednesday, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM, every other Saturday, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. 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.
Engage drop in members in actively using the center to increase level of community integration.
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%).
Drives agency vehicles when necessary
Follows check-list for pre and post trip inspection
Follows Caregivers Policy on transportation
Safely transport individuals to and from various destinations
IV. Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.
- Associate degree or higher in related field (Human Services, Education, Psychology, Social Work)
Certification / Licensure / Regulation:
Valid Driver’s license
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
Must complete and pass a yearly drivers training course
Complete 18 hours a year of Mental Health Training
- 1 to 2 years of Mental Health experience
Other Skills and Abilities:
Customer service skills
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 leadership ability, independent thinking and decision-making ability; analytical problem solving skills, sound judgment; excellent oral and written communication skills, must be able to function in a team environment.
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.
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 communicate with all members of the health care team
Independent thinking and decision-making ability
Proficient oral and written communication skills
Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments
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.
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
- Associates or better in HUMAN SERVICES
Licenses & Certifications
- 1 year: 1 to 2 years of Mental Health experience