Occ. Code 5216202

REHABILITATION ASSISTANT 2, GRADE 14

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

Rehabilitation Assistants 2 are second-level paraprofessionals who assist in the vocational and social rehabilitation of clients. They conduct preliminary evaluations of clients' potential and existing capacities and interests, assess clients' ability to follow directions and work with peers and supervisors to plan and conduct individual and group rehabilitation programs. Positions are classified in various settings within the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

RELATED CLASSES

Rehabilitation Assistants 1 provide entry-level paraprofessional services to clients in vocational, psychosocial, competency training, community or residential components of a rehabilitation program. Their positions are distinguished from those of Rehabilitation Assistants 2 by their limited involvement in the evaluation of clients or in the technical or business management of sheltered employment and pre-vocational activity center operations.

Rehabilitation Counselors 1 provide entry-level professional rehabilitation services to clients in psychosocial support and residential, community, vocational, and competency training programs.

Workshop Specialists are professionals responsible for the business management and operations of sheltered employment programs, work activity centers, and affirmative business enterprises in facilities or community programs operated by the Office of Mental Health.

CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA

Rehabilitation Assistants 2 are classified to carry out component programs in direct rehabilitation services to clients. Incumbents are involved with the preliminary rehabilitation evaluation of clients and assist in the technical or business management of sheltered employment and pre-vocational work activity center operations.

ILLUSTRATIVE ACTIVITIES AND TASKS

Directly guides and assists clients in all areas of vocational rehabilitation programming, including the line supervision of various employment and pre-vocational programs.

Assists higher level Rehabilitation Counselors in the daily implementation of specific group activities in vocational and psychosocial areas.

Identifies client progress and growth through the recording of observed client behavior and performance in various employment and pre-vocational programs.

Assists higher level Rehabilitation Counselors by gathering and distributing materials and supplies required to conduct specific group activities.

Participates with other vocational rehabilitation staff in training sessions about client assessment, intervention techniques, and other rehabilitation methods.

Participates with other rehabilitation staff in regular, periodic reviews of client programs.

Develops and carries out programs for a select group of clients to assist them in developing their readiness to participate in vocational rehabilitation activities.

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

Under the direct supervision and observation of Rehabilitation Counselors, Rehabilitation Assistants 2 directly guide and assist clients in all areas of rehabilitation programming, including the line supervision of various employment and pre-vocational programs.

COMPLEXITY

Under the supervision of Rehabilitation Counselors, Rehabilitation Assistants 2 provide psychosocial, competency, vocational and pre-vocational training geared toward the needs of the client population served. Specific training provided by incumbents to the clients includes personal adjustment, vocational competency training, and the enhancement of social skills.

COMMUNICATION

Rehabilitation Assistants 2 encourage clients to work more efficiently through a combination of oral instruction and demonstration. They report orally and in writing the progress or lack thereof of their assigned clients in achieving their individual goals and objectives. They provide for specific skill training of staff, volunteers, students, and others by updating clients' skill assessments and the rehabilitation section of quality control/assurance manuals and by providing oral and written explanations of complex revisions to the rehabilitation manual and similar publications. Rehabilitation Assistants 2 orally communicate to volunteers, students, Senior Companions and others various aspects of a client's program plan that affect their responsibilities.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Rehabilitation Assistants 2 do not directly supervise other staff. They may provide orientation, limited direction, and on-the-job training to other paraprofessional and direct care staff and volunteers.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Promotion

Two years of permanent service as a Rehabilitation Assistant 1.

Date: 10/96

 

 

 

 

NOTE: For current information on minimum qualifications contact the Division of Staffing Services.