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Series established December 9, 1968
This specification describes positions that are primarily concerned with providing instruction in trade and vocational subjects to, and participating in the rehabilitation of patients or clients in State hospitals and developmental centers, or in the Department of Rehabilitation's Orientation Center for the Blind. Specific classes have been established for the following specialties:
Incumbents in these specialty classes assist patients or clients residing in State hospitals and developmental centers, or in the Department of Rehabilitation's Orientation Center for the Blind, prepare to become productive and contributing members of society by training them in a trade or the vocational skills necessary to gain employment and by assisting these individuals in developing socially acceptable attitudes and interests. The instructors give both individual and group instruction and participate as members of an interdisciplinary treatment team. Instructors supervise the conduct of patients or clients while in the classroom or shop and may be called upon to assume general custody responsibilities in time of emergency.
* This class has special requirements which are explained under the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this specification.
The using departments have differing programs and, therefore, place emphasis on differing duties, but in general, the instructor has an important role in the total rehabilitation process, as well as in teaching the skills which will train the individual for occupational opportunities in a specialty field. The instructor's tasks include: planning, assigning, and supervising the work of patients or clients; maintaining control and discipline in the classroom or shop; controlling all materials and equipment which may be used as potential weapons; preparing course work and daily lesson plans; counseling patients or clients as to their progress in the instructional program and working with the patient or client in establishing and meeting educational or vocational rehabilitative needs and goals; participating in program evaluation; participating in Trade Advisory Committee meetings; and performing other related duties.
Instructors may be assigned as relief instructors in specialties other than those for which they have been hired. In addition, instructors may work with treatment teams which combine the services of custody, academic, vocational, psychiatric, and casework personnel. The instructor provides information of an�educational nature which will assist other members of the treatment team to better determine each patient's or client's treatment needs. Once a treatment plan is developed, the Vocational Instructor, through the classroom curriculum, provides the types of experiences which are compatible with this plan.
Credential: Possession of a valid California teaching credential which authorizes the holder to teach, on a full-time basis, a vocational course in the appropriate subject specialty or Industrial Arts subspeciality. Applicants who do not possess this credential may take the examination, but must meet the requirements and have an application on file with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the appropriate credential before an appointment can�be made and must secure the credential within 120 working days after appointment. After issuance, the credential must be maintained by completion of any required examinations or course work.
Must be willing to continue their educational development; work in a State hospital and developmental center, or in the Department of Rehabilitation's Orientation Center for the Blind; participate in group-oriented treatment programs; maintain a sympathetic and objective understanding of patients or clients in a State hospital or developmental center; maintain high standards of morals and speech; and demonstrate tact, patience, and emotional stability.
Applicants for the Barbershop Practices' class must possess a Barber Instructor license issued by the California Board of Barber Examiners in addition to meeting the General Minimum Qualifications pattern listed.
Knowledge of: The methods, materials, tools, machines, equipment, and safety principles involved in teaching a particular vocational specialty. In addition, candidates must be willing to learn the principles, methods, practices, current developments, and trends in vocational education.
Ability to: Perform the duties of a journeyperson in the field of their specialty. Instructors must also have the ability to provide leadership and motivation to patients or clients of State hospitals and developmental centers, or in the Department of Rehabilitation's Orientation Center for the Blind; teach and supervise these individuals; work effectively with other disciplines; read and use drawings and sketches; estimate and order supplies; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain fair and firm discipline; and keep records and prepare reports.
Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.