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Mental Health Specialist II/Activity Therapist (Per Diem) - (32418)

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Mental Health Specialist II/Activity Therapist (Per Diem) - (32418)

Facility Name
Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital
ANCHORAGE, AK 99508 US (Primary)
Career Area
Support & Entry Level
Behavioral Health - Support Staff
Job Description

The Mental Health Specialist II/Activity Therapist (MHS II/AT)  is responsible for providing direct care to patients with psychiatric disorders, ensuring the safety and well-being of patients, and supporting the maintenance of the therapeutic milieu. The MHS II/AT also provides therapeutic recreational and expressive therapy services to patients as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team in support of the facility's treatment program and philosophy. The MHS II/T is also responsible for providing leadership and direction to new MHS staff based upon experience and special training in various areas of mental health service delivery, as well as supporting and actively participating with the Recreation Therapist in leading group activities for patients.


  • Takes a proactive and productive role in problem solving and program development in unit meeting, and in informal and formal work groups.
  • Helps identify patients’ problems, needs, and strengths; provides verbal input into the development of treatment plan goals and interventions.
  • Communicates regularly with the Nurse/Nurse Mgr regarding patient care concerns and carries out corrective actions.
  • Ensures that interventions are based on familiarity with patient history, assessment, and treatment plans.
  • Observes patients for changes that require immediate intervention and take appropriate action; continually assess behaviors that indicate changes in the patient behavior; adheres to guidelines for patients on special status i.e. suicide, sexual, assaultive behaviors, or AWOL precautions.
  • Assists patients with activities of daily living (such as room cleaning, grooming, etc.) and assists with preparation for discharge.
  • Displays professional boundaries in relationships with patients at all times.
  • Assists patients in following community rules and guidelines and in forming positive peer relationships.
  • Communicates with patients and families in a manner which projects empathy, helpfulness and desire to positively impact patient’s treatment.
  • Provides accurate information on shift-to-shift report and remains on the unit while incoming shift is in report.
  • Maintains patient, program, department and related documentations ensuring that documentation is timely, accurate and legible.
  • Completes relevant flow sheets and other medical records forms legibly, accurately, and in a timely manner.
  • Ensures patient location log, 1:1, and status based check sheets are completed on a continuous basis.
  • Ensures documentations requiring patient and/or family/guardians signatures are completed in a timely manner.
  • Understands and implements appropriate action to avoid power struggles with patients; works as an effective team member to establish a milieu which minimizes the occurrence of aggressive behavior.
  • Maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for patients.
  • Attends mandatory monthly staff meetings.
  • Completes Activity Therapy assessment on patients, ensuring each assessment is thorough and addresses all required fields.
  • Participates in development of Master Treatment Plan and recommends effective alternatives or modification to treatment plans based on patient progress and response to treatment program.
  • Provides therapeutic recreation and activity therapy groups; able to provide a variety of appropriate therapeutic interventions depending on client needs and abilities.
  • Establishes a positive rapport and minimizes resistance with a wide variety of patients.
  • Manages group process to maximize therapeutic benefit to patients.
  • Documents patients’ response, progress, and behavior in the group in a complete and timely manner.
  • Maintains a safe, orderly, and therapeutic physical environment for patients and staff members; maintains a clean and organized activity therapy area.
  • Demonstrates and/or explains the correct use of equipment and safety involved in various recreational or experimental activities.
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of behavioral concepts applicable to the treatment of psychiatric patient population.
  • Communicates with the Nurse/Nurse Manager regarding planned activities for the day, patient acuity, expected group participants, schedule changes, etc.
  • Demonstrates proper belay, knots, and Challenge by Choice” techniques in facilitating ropes course.
  • Maintains supplies and equipment necessary for the safe and effective operation of the ropes course.
  • Coordinates with the Ropes Course Manager to schedule any further training for staff annually.
  • Acts individually or in concert with another certified individual in the operation of the ropes course.
  • Transports patients via company vehicle when providing a community integration outing.
  • Floats to other units as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Must have a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, human services, recreation therapy, or related field or at least four years of experience in a mental health role (or combination of education and experience totaling a minimum of four years) is required. CTRS certification is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: Must be able to interact positively with patients on a daily basis whose behavior may be difficult, uncooperative, or aggressive; perform concentrated and/or complex mental activity with frequent involvement in complex and/or highly technical situations; work successfully under highly stressful conditions; make sound, independent judgments based on scientific and/or ethical principles; comprehend and perform oral and written instructions and procedures; collaborate with other multidisciplinary team members in an appropriate fashion; adapt to varying workloads and work assignments on a constant basis; have effective comprehensive reading skills; have strong communication skills, written and verbal; possess a valid Driver's License in order to transport patients and/or staff, or drive hospital vehicles; have a working knowledge of computers; and be willing to get a belay certification for high/low elements and rock wall usage.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION: The Mental Health Specialist II/AT must be willing and able to execute the patient de-escalation methods, both verbal and physical; be able to complete new hire requirements such as State of Alaska Background Check and Drug Testing; be able to demonstrate special training, knowledge and skills specific to age groups, as well as job and/or program specific competency within three (3) months of hire date; be certified in CPR and Handle with Care Training upon completion of orientation and annually thereafter; complete all mandatory in-services annually; be tested for Tuberculosis with a PPD skin test annually or by a chest x-ray annually.

GENERAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Working conditions for all employees are as follows, but are not limited to a psychiatric hospital/RTC setting: risk involved in the event of aggressive patient(s); workload may include day, evening, night, weekend, and/or holiday shifts; occasional exposure to outdoor weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, blood borne pathogens and body fluids, and loud noise levels. Mental demands described herein are representative of those which must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job, but are not limited to the ability to remain calm in a stressful environment; and the emotional stability, physical stamina and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Requirements include, but are not limited to the ability to communicate effectively with employees; the ability to effectively utilize communication equipment; the physical agility to manage cleaning equipment; the ability to read and write. Additionally, the Mental Health Specialist II/AT must frequently utilize physical ability for standing or sitting for long periods of time; regularly utilize physical ability for speaking, hearing, and seeing with correction for close and distance vision, color discrimination, peripheral vision, depth perception and focusing ability.  Speaking and hearing may be necessary for conversing with and assessing employees; be able to ascend/descend stairs and ramps; use body agility; bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist; bend legs at knees to come to a rest on knees; be able to extend hands and arms in any direction; be able to use upper and lower extremities to exert force in a pulling or pushing motion. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; be able to raise objects from a lower to higher position or from side-to-side; concentrate amidst distractions; must be able to perform work of a repetitive nature; must respond calmly to potentially volatile clients. The worker is subject to both environmental conditions and hazards, as activities can occur inside and outside with various physical conditions. Mental demands include but are not limited to emotional stability, physical stamina and agility to handle stress and respond quickly and effectively to emergency situations. Additionally, the MHS II/AT must be able to consistently and safely belay patients of various ages, self-belay and set-up/take down the ropes course for participant use or spot a Level 1 certified challenge course facilitator during sets up and take down, and be able to belay and instruct participants in proper belay and knot-tying techniques.

Posted: 2018-10-18 Expires: 2018-11-16

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