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Job Description - Therapeutic Program Worker (210000XU)


Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Clermont County-Batavia
Work Locations: Southwest Developmental Center 4399 East Bauman Lane  Batavia 45103
Organization: Developmental Disabilities - Southwest Ohio Developmental Center
Classified Indicator: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: N/A
Schedule: Part-time
Compensation: $17.39
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Job Function: Developmental Disabilities
Agency Contact Name: Lori Finch
Agency Contact Information:
Therapeutic Program Worker

Job Duties

In the work area assigned trains individuals to function independently in self-help &/or daily living skills (e.g., personal hygiene, eating assistance, grooming, etiquette, social skills, basic housekeeping) by using a variety of training techniques (i.e., modeling, verbal prompting, physical prompting, environmental modification, trauma informed care approach) according to the agreed upon active treatment plan developed by the interdisciplinary team; provides crisis intervention for unsafe behavior as defined by active treatment plan (Person Centered Plan [PCP]), plans leisure time activities (e.g., games, crafts, walks) to structure free time & assist with related scheduled activities (e.g., operates motor vehicle to transport individuals to recreational, educational &/or occupational activities: swimming, games, learning activities, etc.). Utilize appropriate intervention techniques to train & maintain a supportive & positive learning environment (e.g., uses positive reinforcement, encouragement & prompting, an atmosphere of choice & independence to the extent safely possible); in conflict or threatening situation, uses approved intervention techniques to deescalate conflict or prevent harm: (e.g. running control) accompanies & trains individuals in programs on & off campus as described in the individual’s PCP; performs other duties providing personal care & maintains assigned supervision levels. Cooperates & participates as a part of the team; shares relevant information & observations in writing, as well as verbally; briefs incoming staff on critical incidents of the shift. Participates directly or indirectly in development of individual’s goal-oriented active treatment plans in cooperation with professional & para-professional staff by attending team & staff meetings, participates in comprehensive evaluation meetings, assists in writing PCP & recommends changes in PCP as observations documentation of progression/regression indicate; maintains confidentiality & completes charting/documentation, reports (e.g., individual behavior & progression/regression in relation to active treatment plan); delivery of services to individuals; reports reactions to medications or any other unusual incidents; changes or responds to needed changes in the active treatment program for individual; shops for & with individuals for clothing &/or personal belongings. Ensures individuals are dressed appropriately; ensures that Trauma Informed Care approach is used daily to carry out & respond to responses affecting treatment plans for individuals. Acts as a mentor & assists with training duties for new staff. Provides customer service (e.g., greets visitors, answer questions, provides feedback, renders direct care, etc.) to families, co-workers & residents, ensure professional & courteous interactions with internal & external customers. Operates equipment necessary to train individuals to be more independent as described in the PCP (e.g., adaptive equipment, washer, dryer, dishwasher, vacuum, kitchen appliances, paper shredder); performs housekeeping such as taking out trash & dirty linens, wiping down tables, beds, walkers, wheelchairs etc., mopping, dusting and laundry as needed by assisting in day to day upkeep of a clean & sanitary living environment. Assist & train individuals how to mop floors, wash windows, dust furniture, complete personal laundry, & empty trash; utilizes adaptive equipment (e.g., pushes wheelchair, assists with walkers, operates lifts, uses gait belts etc.) & maintains adaptive equipment/devices (e.g., wheelchair, mechanical lifts, walker, orthotics, hearing aid, plates/cups/silverware etc.); works with new employees; participates in group projects as requested; assists nursing (e.g., applies ointments/lotions); completes other related duties as assigned. Attends in-service training &/or educational programs; maintains annual training; other duties as assigned to ensure the safety and success of the individuals supported & ensure daily operations of the center.
This position includes mandatory, additional hours &/or overtime.


Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition & subtraction & in reading, writing & speaking common English vocabulary. In Department of Developmental Disabilities, must also possess a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence pursuant to Chapter 5123:2-3-01(F) (1) (c).

For positions that require operation of motor vehicle to transport consumers to recreational, educational &/or occupational activities, a valid driver’s license is required.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.
Knowledge of J.C.A.H. (i.e., Joint Council for Accreditation of Hospitals) standards for resident care or ICF/IID (i.e., Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities) standards for resident care & Resident Review & Licensing Regulations*. Skill in operation of motor vehicle; direct care procedures (e.g., taking of vital signs, rendering of tub baths, appropriate lifting & positioning procedures, first aid). Ability to deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; maintain accurate records; cooperate with co-workers; develop good rapport with residents &/or patients; demonstrate physical strength to lift 50-100 lbs.; read short sentences with concrete vocabulary.

(*)Developed after employment.
Valid Ohio Driver's License & liability insurance required.
DODD is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job functions, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.
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