Registered Therapist Ii-Experiential Therapist

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin , TX 78719

Posted 4 months ago

Are you ready to be professionally challenged? Are you looking to be part of a dynamic team of engaged and committed professionals?

Then the Health and Specialty Care System (HSCS) may be just the place for you! The HSCS is comprised of nine psychiatric hospitals located throughout the state, and one youth residential psychiatric center in Waco. The HSCS is a hub of excellence for forensic mental health and complex psychiatric care, with all facilities accredited by The Joint Commission.

The hospitals provide state-of-the-art treatment that is recovery-oriented and science-based. Whether in a direct-care or support role, your contribution will make a difference in the life of a Texan.

The Registered Therapist II, under the supervision of the Director of Education and Rehabilitation Services or designee, will develop, implement, and facilitate specialized activities and therapeutic groups.

Will assess and document progress of individual patients and/or patient groups.

Will make recommendations for treatment programs to direct supervisor and/or the Director of the Education and Rehabilitation Department. May train others. May supervise others.

Will lead, coordinate, or participate in process improvement committees. Will maintain appropriate departmental and hospital documentation and records; and will perform other related duties as assigned. Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1.Renders therapeutic rehabilitation treatments in the form of therapy groups and provision of feedback, formal and informal, to treatment teams as prescribed by treatment plan, confidentiality, and HIPAA standards.
2.Assess patients assigned to therapy groups and document using approved discipline specific assessment note process.
3.As Assessment Team Member, assess patient's initial treatment needs and document in the CWS Functional Skills Assessment.
4.Evaluate and document on patients' progress in treatment to include physical, cognitive, social, and psycho-affective functioning in facility / department approved records and formats.
5.Provide clinical supervision, as assigned, to therapeutic staff assistants in conducting rehabilitation groups and activities.
6.Attend and participate in required departmental meetings, training, and performance improvement activities and tasks.
7.May train and / or supervise the work others as assigned. (volunteers, interns, certified assistants).

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

1.The principles and techniques of rehabilitation therapy in working with the following patient populations: mentally ill, cognitively impaired (intellectual disabilities, TBI, learning disabled, Alzheimer's, dementia's), physically challenged, functionally impaired, and /or with infectious disease.
2.At least one of the significant rehabilitation therapy disciplines (art, music, dance/movement, drama, recreation, speech, and occupational therapy).
3.Other principle areas of rehabilitation therapy such as recreation, music, art, dance/movement, drama, speech, occupational or physical therapy.
4.Approved methods of facilitating, instructing, interacting, and supervising patients.
5.Behavior Modification techniques
6.Mental Health Record System
7.Department Policies and Procedures
8.Hospital's Philosophy (Mission statement)
9.Health, Safety and Infection Control
10. Department Quality Improvement

1.The application and use of tools, equipment, materials, or skills common to the rehabilitation therapy.
2.Evaluation, treatment planning & documentation of patient progress.

1.Evaluate effects of own actions quickly and effectively in working with patients.
2.Plan, develop, implement, and facilitate treatment focused therapy groups for patients.
3.Motivate and sustain patients' interest in rehabilitation groups / activities.
4.Observe, evaluate, communicate, and document patient progress.
5.Be consistent and empathetic in working with patients.
6.Interact with staff and patients effectively.
7.Train and instruct peers / subordinates.

Registration or Licensure


Current national registration, state licensure, or certification as required by law in the therapeutic specialty for which the Registered Therapist is to work. Initial Selection Criteria:
1.Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in one of the recognized rehabilitation therapeutic activities (art, dance/movement, drama, music or recreation)
2.Experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and/or senior adults.
3.Training and/or experience in a psychiatric setting and /or with special populations.
4.Experience in assessing clients, planning and facilitating therapy groups / programs and documenting client progress.

Additional Information:

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aid, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct, and HHS OIG list of Excluded Individuals/Entities. Males between the ages of 18-25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the posted minimum of the salary range.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza. All of these diseases are vaccine-preventable.

As a result, state hospital policy requires employees be vaccinated according to their level of contact with patients. In the event you choose to not be immunized for the influenza virus, you may be required to wear a mask and take other protective measures.

Requisition ID 424144 MOS Code:

Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 68F/L, 65A/B, HN, 230X, HS, 42BX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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Registered Therapist Ii-Experiential Therapist

Texas Health & Human Services Commission