Under general direction, in a State hospital program for the developmentally disabled, to develop and implement new, and modify existing physical and social development activities; provide education and training in physical and social development techniques to unit personnel; provide specialized direct treatment services to developmentally disabled persons; and to do other related work.
As a member of a client treatment team, participates in multidisciplinary planning for client programming; assesses client treatment needs and progress within his/her area of specialization and relates it to other disciplines with the total treatment program; provides education and leadership to unit personnel in physiological, sociopsychological and life career development client-training techniques; assists the nursing coordinator in integrating perceptual, conceptual, language, cognitive, and other training into daily living routines; serves as a source of information on sensory motor and mobility training and other life training performed to improve life and career development of developmentally disabled clients; consults with program directors and their staff on treatment procedures related to his/her area of specialization; may work intensively with small groups of developmentally disabled persons in structured daily activities designed to modify behavior to obtain satisfactory interpersonal relationships and acceptable social standards.
Possession of a valid license to practice as a Psychiatric Technician issued by the California Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners. andOne year of experience performing the duties of a Psychiatric Technician in a program for the developmentally disabled in a California state hospital and the equivalent of a minimum of 12 semester units in a Developmental Specialist program offered by a community college or in a department training program; or
One year of experience performing the duties of a Psychiatric Technician in a program for the mentally disabled in a California state hospital, and the equivalent of 24 semester units of a developmental Specialist program offered by a community college or in a department training program.
Knowledge of: The problems of mentally or developmentally disabled individuals; principles and techniques of developing mentally or developmentally disabled children, adolescents and adults such as sensory-motor training, habit training, socialization and behavior shaping; principles of child growth, development and behavior and the principles of hygiene and child care.
Ability to: Plan and implement physical, social, intellectual and emotional development programs suited to the needs of mentally or developmentally disabled individuals; form close, personal relationship with mentally or developmentally disabled clients; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; follow directions; and keep appropriate records.
Understanding of and sensitivity to the needs of mentally or developmentally disabled individuals; demonstrated interest in teaching and working with mentally or developmentally disabled children and adolescents; understanding of the behavior of mentally or developmentally disabled individuals; emotional stability; patience; tolerance; tact; alertness; enthusiasm; hearing and vision required for successful job performance.