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SC Department of Public Safety Human Services Specialist I (Therapeutic Assistant/BPH) in Richland County, South Carolina

Job Responsibilities

This position is located and worked within the Division of Inpatient Services at G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital.

Under the Supervision of the Director of Activity Therapy Services or designee (Licensed Nurse) will provide specialized therapeutic recreation activities to culturally diverse patient population. Assists patients in meeting their needs for dignity and quality of life maintenance. Utilizing effective leadership and interpersonal skills, provides guidance and assists in providing and maintaining a safe therapeutic environment on the assigned lodge or various lodges for coverage as assigned.

Provides meaningful observations and individualized documentation of activity attendance, participation and responses related to interventions and any changes in behavior, mental and/or physical state and the general well-being of patients. Reports to the Director of Activity Therapy Services od designee (License Nurse) to ensure patient safety. Therapeutic Assistant will be assigned to perform close observations one-to-one (1:1) and monitoring. Fosters appropriate and empathetic communication skills while maintaining a therapeutic interpersonal relationship with patients. Assists in providing a safe and therapeutic environment, utilizing de-escalation techniques and assists with crisis interventions.

Assist the Activity Therapy Department with various activities, such as providing positive interaction with the patients in his/her room, dining room, day room and throughout the facility/grounds to include simple crafts.

Minimum and Additional Requirements

*State Requirement: * Experience in a relevant program area.

Note: If any Agency Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those requirements to be considered for the position. Salary may vary depending on experience and qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: A high school diploma or GED.

Additional Comments

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency. We provide affirmative action and equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex – including the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing work history and education sections of the employment application. The employment application will be considered incomplete and not forwarded.

If the position that you are applying for requires a college degree, you will be required to provide a certified official transcript for the highest level of education you have completed upon job offer. Failure to produce an official transcript may result in termination.

If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense (other than in a Juvenile Court), you MUST list this information (unless you have taken steps to expunge your record.) This includes fraudulent checks, driving under suspension, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, etc. *Please note that conviction of a criminal offense does not bar you from employment in all cases; each conviction is evaluated individually. However, failure to list convictions is considered falsification of the application and WILL BE grounds for termination, if hired. It is your responsibility to know what is on your criminal record. If you have charges on your record that appear without a court disposition (result) you may be asked to provide that information if selected for employment. If you have questions, please inquire before you complete your application.

Salary: $22,625.00 - $41,866.00 Annually

Location: Richland County, SC

Job Type: FTE - Full-Time

Job Number: 79987

Closing: 10/30/2020 5:00 PM Eastern

Class Code: GA30

Position Number: 00000000

Normal Work Schedule: Other

Normal Work Schedule (Other): Normal work schedule will be discussed during the interview.

Pay Band: Band 3

Opening Date: 08/15/2018

EEO Statement: Equal Opportunity Employer

Agency Specific Application Procedures: You must apply on-line at Follow the status of your application on-line.

Agency: State of South Carolina Department of Mental Health-Inpatient Services-Psychiatric Hospitals/Programs and Nursing Homes

Address: 220 Faison Drive Columbia, South Carolina, 29203

Phone: 803-935-6030