Education Therapist - Emeryville
Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) helps people with brain injury find hope, independence and a meaningful life - and you can play a key role in that journey as an Educational Therapist.
As part of this dynamic multi-disciplinary therapy team, you will employ academic courses of study and methods to enhance patient academic levels.
Work is full time during the weekdays with some overtime. Work is performed at the CNS-Emeryville clinic with occasional work in the community or residential site. A high degree of accuracy in documentation and observation, adaptability to a variety of situations, strong organizational and communication skills, decision making and an ability to evaluate situations as they occur is needed for this position.
For over 35 years, CNS has provided post-acute medical treatment, rehabilitation and disease management, and offers residential, inpatient, outpatient and assisted living programs. Locations include Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.
Our facilities have been honored many times by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for excellence in therapeutic programs, staff education, patient treatment, and leadership. We also conduct research on brain injury and recovery, with a dedicated, in-house team of Ph.D. researchers who collaborate with major U.S. universities. Please see our moving corporate video, "The Story of Centre for Neuro Skills" at http://www.neuroskills.com/about-us/tour-cns.php.
The company offers a competitive salary and benefits, paid time off, extended sick leave, medical insurance, paid holidays, and 401(k).
1. Tests and evaluates patients using formal and informal methods. Requires visual and auditory ability to administer tests.
2. Develops and implements individual educational goals and treatment plans for assigned patients using subjects and teaching methods most suitable to patient's capabilities and interests. Employs academic courses of study and methods to enhance academic levels. Reviews and revises programs as deemed necessary. Requires ability to make decisions based on patients' needs. Must be able to evaluate situations as they occur and act upon the best solution for the good of staff, patients and self. Must have a proficiency in academic subjects and be able to communicate effectively in order to teach patients in such areas.
3. Attends and reports verbally or in writing in conferences, staffings and other meetings to inform necessary personnel, insurance carriers and patients' families of patient testing, treatment and progress. Prepares conference summaries/reports for each assigned patient as needed per month. Requires verbal, visual ability and fine motor manipulation to dictate and review/edit reports.
4. Provides for the safety of patients, visitors, staff and self when interacting with patients who may have behavioral outbursts, which can include yelling, exiting, hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, scratching, and throwing objects.
a. Must be able to recognize patient escalation, via verbal, physical and visual cues.
b. Must be able to attempt to verbally and physically de-escalate patient using Behavior Modification techniques according to each patient's program, which may include Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) such as evasive self-defense (ability to get out of the way) and controlling self-defense (restraints).
c. Physical intervention and restraints can include calling for help, lifting, standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, carrying, pulling, pushing and assisting with the restraint of patients weighing up to 200 pounds or more.
5. Performs toilet and chair transfers without assistance for patients up to 150 pounds utilizing approved transfer techniques. Transfer techniques include standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Patients requiring moderate to maximum assistance and weighing over 200 pounds are lifted and/or transferred by two persons.
6. Uses special equipment as required by each patient including, but not limited to wheelchairs, tracheostomy tubes, gastric feeding tubes, and external catheters, at any given time according to the outline of each patient's program. May require fine motor manipulation, lifting, reaching, carrying, pushing and pulling when working with equipment.
7. Maintains professional and ethical relationships with staff, patients, patient families, and other visitors.
8. Attends staff meetings, in-services, and all scheduled shifts.
9. Comprehends and follows instructions:
a. Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods
b. Apply common sense understanding and carry out instructions (written, oral or diagrammatic)
c. Adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards
10. Performs simple and repetitive tasks:
a. Ask simple questions or request assistance when needed
b. Perform routine, concrete, organized activities
c. Remember locations and work procedures d. Make decisions based on simple sensory data
11. Maintains work pace appropriate to given work load:
a. Perform activities on schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within specified tolerance
b. Complete normal workday and/or week, perform at a consistent pace without excessive rest periods
12. Performs complex or varied tasks:
a. Synthesize, coordinate and analyze data
b. Perform job requiring precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards
13. Relates to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:
a. Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes
b. Maintain open door policy to encourage active, empathetic listening
c. Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others
d. Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or other staff member(s)
14. Effectively influences people on a consistent basis:
a. Convince or redirect others
b. Understand the meaning of words and use them effectively
c. Interact appropriately with people which includes the provision of appropriate internal and external customer service
15. Makes generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision:
a. Recognize potential hazards and observe appropriate precautions
b. Understand and remember detailed instructions
c. Make independent decisions or judgments based on sensory data or known guidelines
16. Accepts and carries out responsibility for direction, control and planning:
a. Set realistic goals or make plans independently of others
b. Negotiate, instruct or supervise people
c. Respond appropriately to changes in the work setting
PREFERRED DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Performs duties in other departments as needed.
2. Transports patients as needed.
3. Performs other duties as assigned.
SPECIAL SKILLS UTILIZED, EDUCATION LEVEL, TRAINING
1. Bachelor's Degree in related field is required.
2. Teaching Credential, preferably in Special Education is preferred.
3. Experience in rehabilitation or with individuals with brain injuries or developmental disabilities is preferred.