Incumbents of positions in these classes assist higher level staff development specialists in planning, organizing and presenting institution and community training programs designed to improve the knowledge and abilities of those responsible for the care, treatment, well-being and comfort of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled in various State institutions for such clients.
Positions in these classes are located in various treatment facilities of the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
These classes are characterized by their direct participation in facility training programs. The incumbent's activities include data-gathering projects in support of developing and organizing programs; identifying training needs; conducting informational sessions with employees concerning available training; presenting specific subject matter material in conjunction with prepared training programs and demonstrating safety or treatment techniques. The major distinction between positions in these two levels of staff development specialist is the responsibility at the 2 level for the actual presentation of an entire lesson. However, incumbents at the lower level present portions of a program and demonstrate first aid, treatment and safety techniques.
Agency Training and Development Specialists perform many tasks which are similar to those performed by incumbents of positions at both levels. However, the major distinction between the two series exists in the subject of the instruction. Agency Training and Development Specialists typically plan, organize, develop and present training programs concerned with supervisory, procedural and administrative topics, whereas Staff Development Specialists are concerned with specific concepts and techniques in the treatment of the mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
In addition, Teaching Assistants may also perform some of the same tasks as the Mental Hygiene Staff Development Specialist 1. However, it is not typical that the former participate in the identification of training needs, the organization of training programs; nor in practical demonstrations.
Assists higher level staff development specialists in the planning, organization and development of facility training programs.
Informs employees of available educational and training opportunities.
Within the framework of previously prepared courses, conducts training sessions or portions thereof.
Maintains records and distributes audiovisual equipment.
Mental Hygiene Staff Development Specialists 1 and 2 engage in frequent face-to-face oral communications with trainees, and other institution staff on a group or individual basis either during the presentation of training programs or the process of determining individual and group training needs. They present only those portions of training courses which involve easily understood concepts which are explainable or demonstrable. Incumbents of these positions inform support staff and paraprofessional clinical staff on educational and training opportunities related to professional growth.
In addition incumbents participate in discussions with other trainers to assess and modify training programs in order to more effectively meet the needs of the staff.
Positions in these classes are non-supervisory. However, at the 2 level incumbents may on occasion guide or supervise a lower level staff member in the presentation of a portion of a lesson. Incumbents in these classes normally receive direct supervision from a Mental Hygiene Staff Development Specialist 3 who assigns work, provides specific oral and written instructions and evaluates the quality of subordinates' performance through observing the delivery of lessons and reviewing lesson plans and other written reports for completeness, relevancy and accuracy.
In addition for Positions at Level 2
Possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent plus one year of experience in the direct care of the mentally ill, developmentally disabled or alcoholics or one year of paraprofessional teaching or training experience.
Bachelor's Degree in a mental hygiene related discipline, education or communications and one year of experience in direct patient care or in-service training.
NOTE: These qualifications are subject to change due to selection plan considerations. For current information on qualification requirements for selection purposes, contact the Division of Staffing Services in the Department of Civil Service.