Activity Therapist Aide
Job Summary: Responsible within the Psychiatric Department for ensuring professional service to the patients, hospital staff and hospital departments in accordance with policies set forth by Oaklawn. Coordinates recreation and leisure activities with patients and completion of evaluations and activity therapy assessments under the supervision of the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. May provide occasional coverage for other disciplines or as unit needs.
Minimum Qualifications: Handle with Care Basic certification in nonverbal and physical management within two (2) months of hire and annual re-certification.
Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Two (2) years of recent experience in a hospital or mental health setting.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Employee Core Competencies Judgment/Decision Making/Pragmatism Consistent logic, rationality and objectivity in decision making. Neither indecisive nor overly reactive. Generates sensible, realistic practical solutions to problems. Appropriate Risk-Taking Takes calculated risks with generally favorable outcomes. Neither avoids risk-taking nor rushes into it with too little information. Self-awareness/Communication Recognizes own strengths and weaknesses. Communicates well one-on-one. Keeps people informed. Seeks and uses feedback. Writes in a clear, precise, well-organized manner using appropriate vocabulary, grammar and word usage as appropriate to their job. Creativity/Problem Solving Generates new approaches to problems or innovations to established best practices. Shows imagination. Integrity The ability to know right from wrong, even in complex or confusing situations; is accountable and does not ethically cut corners. Has the courage to do the right things consistently without regard to personal consequences. Puts interests of organization above self-interest. Resourcefulness/Initiative/Independence Passionately finds ways over, around or through barriers to success. Achieves results despite lack of resources. Takes action; doesn’t just talk about what “someone” should fix. A results-oriented “doer”. Willingness to take independent stand. Not swayed by last person spoken with. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Proficiency/ Expertise Experience in developing therapeutic activity groups and programming diversion recreational activities for an inpatient psychiatric population.
Working Conditions: Potentially exposed to infectious diseases.
Physical Requirements: Constantly sit, see/visual acuity, handle/grasp/feel, talk/hear, lift/carry 1 to 25 lbs. Frequently stand, walk, reach, bend/twist, and lift/carry 25 to 49 lbs. Occasionally lift/carry 50+ lbs.