Incumbents in this class counsel and assist clients to develop skills necessary to function independently in the community, be self sufficient and resolve problem areas.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent reports to a technical or administrative supervisor, and is involved in close interaction with the client in an individual or group setting. Employees provide instruction and counseling in areas such as budgeting and spending habits, grooming, prioritizing and goal setting; vocational skills, assessing employment and academic needs, and in dealing with other agencies or resources. Work may include arranging and assisting clients in establishing independent living quarters.
Concurrently, a class incumbent monitors and evaluates client responses, implements treatment and documents all appropriate client related information. A significant aspect of the work involves participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the evaluation and assessment of client needs and the implementation of prescribed treatment/services.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Acts as advocate for clients with other agencies in areas such as housing, employment, clinic appointments and social, economic and community resources.
Instructs, assists and counsels clients in developing and implementing skills to allow them to function independently.
Serves as member of interdisciplinary team, to implement, recommend and evaluate comprehensive treatment for client. Provide client counseling to assist them in achieving the highest possible level of community adjustment.
Works with clients to maintain facility, when appropriate, through maintenance and minor repairs.
Conducts classes, teaching basic principles of social interaction.
Maintains documentation of patient contacts and provide periodic reports for appropriate medical and psychological transactions.
May supervise lower level staff in the absence of supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA's listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of human behavior and modalities of treatment.
Knowledge of community, state, federal and private resources/programs.
Knowledge of group and individual dynamics.
Skill in written and oral communications, interpersonal relations.
Skill in instruction in a group environment.
Skill in assessment, and evaluating human behavior.
Ability to keep adequate, accurate reports.
Ability to motivate individuals towards independence.
Ability to work in stressful and crisis situations.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Habilitation/Rehabilitation Specialist II Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in health or human services support such as interviewing clients and assessing personal, health, social or financial needs in accordance with program requirements or coordinating with community resources to obtain client services.
Six months experience in applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
Six months experience in record keeping.
Six months experience in using an automated information system to enter, update, modify, delete, retrieve/inquire and report on data.