The Direct Care Worker is responsible for assisting the Shift Supervisor and Program Manager in maintaining the therapeutic environment for dually diagnosed individuals within the RTF setting who are experiencing emotional dysfunction and requiring behavioral health treatment. Primary responsibilities include maintaining a safe environment for individuals and staff, assisting with activities of daily living, implementing therapeutic group and recreational activities, and identifying and intervening in potential crisis situations. These positions are full-time and part-time and work work a rotating schedule, including weekends and holidays.
Unit Specific Performance Objectives
1.Document the observations of the individual interventions, and responses in progress notes.
2.Involves family in treatment during visiting hours and telephone contacts, reporting outcome to the treatment team staff/Shift Supervisor or Program Manager daily. 3.Identifies and acts to prevent potential crisis situations and appropriately manage individual.
4.Communicates well by reporting incidents and areas of concern of the individual and unit environment to the RN and supervisory staff on the unit.
5.Maintains a safe environment by performing contraband checks, orienting the individual to safety rules and adhering to all Southwood Hospital and MR/DD safety policies. Checks/inspects the individual's personal bins daily.
6.Transport the individual as needed to the emergency room or medical and dental appointments as needed and as required.
7.Assist in community meetings and groups if necessary.
8.Monitors cleanliness of unit, reporting any maintenance variances to the Shift Supervisor or Program Manager.
9.Utilizes a positive, growth-oriented, and problem solving approach with individuals, staff, and management.
10.Demonstrates an understanding of normal growth and developmental stages of children and adolescents, and initiates appropriate treatment based upon their needs.
11.Demonstrates an understanding of milieu interventions and supportive interaction, and perform these under the direction of RN and supervisory staff or management staff.
12.Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Required Education/Experience Skills:
1. A high school diploma (or equivalent) with two years of clinical/related experience or A bachelors degree in mental health or equivalent college level coursework, or experience working in a mental health facility or with MH/IDD/ASD individuals. *(In the event that a direct care worker only possesses a high school diploma (or equivalent), s/he will be required to complete additional training during orientation to prepare for the milieu environment.)
2.Knowledge of group dynamics preferred.
3Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification must be maintained to include annual refresher.
4.CPR certification renewed bi-annually or upon expiration of certification.
5.Must be knowledgeable of the normal developmental stages and behaviors for age group of assigned individuals.
6.Maintains competence in identified universal, core and critical competencies.
7.Valid PA Act 33/34 clearances 8.Must meet job competencies within 90 days of hire.
We are a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer.