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Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL, US, 32324

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Requisition No: 430181 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: REHABILITATION THERAPIST - 60010696

Position Number: 60010696 

Salary:  $27926.08 

Posting Closing Date: 10/03/2021 

Florida State Hospital

Civil Units

Rehabilitation Therapist

  • 8:00am -4:30pm or 11:00am-7:30pm with occasional weekend work

(Salary $27,926.08 Negotiable with Experience)

"Previous applicants need not apply"


Previous applicants need not apply.

This is work which involves providing Rehabilitation assessments, counseling individuals and providing therapeutic services to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from severe and persistent mental illness. Job duties include but are not limited to coordinating activities for residents, assessing resident needs, and designing and implementing rehabilitation programs, in a mental health inpatient setting.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following areas to be considered for the position: Behavioral Sciences, Rehabilitation Sciences, Psychology, Counseling, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Education, Physical Education with course work Adaptive Physical Education, Vocational Education, Dance Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Leisure studies with course work in Therapeutic Recreation, or Horticulture Therapy.


Alternatively, applicants may have a bachelor’s degree in another social science or education with either a minor in Psychology or 18 hours of course work in mental health services. The Music Therapy specific position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an AMTA approved Music Therapy program.


Duties and Responsibilities

The applicant selected to fill this position shall be required to submit to a pre-employment medical examination. This position requires lifting, pulling, and squatting. Duties of this position require the incumbent to be knowledgeable of and utilize the principles of Total Quality Management.


Examples of Job related duties:     

  • Conducts interviews and assessments, performs record reviews and consults with recovery team members to identify resident service needs (strengths, needs, abilities and preferences). 
  • Provides direct resident services including, but not limited to Psychiatric Rehabilitation (developing a trusting relationship with residents, assisting residents in choosing desired roles and acquiring skills and supports needed for goal achievement), Treatment (Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Competency Restoration), and Enrichment (services aimed at increasing knowledge, skills, and abilities for improving overall quality of life and promoting successful community integration)
  • Documents progress and resident reactions/perspective of individual progress by completing progress notes according to the mental health facility procedures and policies. 
  • Coordinates frequent program evaluations, evaluates intended outcomes, and identifies improvement processes.  Participates in performance improvement initiatives individually and by working with teams and revises/develops programs as directed by supervisor.
  • Maintains current training required by the facility and increases knowledge of best practices and new techniques for service delivery.  Provides learning opportunities, supervision, and mentorship for trainees including interns, volunteers and community visitors.  Provides role modeling and training for other staff as directed by supervisor.
  • Provides support for hospital-wide activities and initiatives as directed by supervisor.  Escorts residents to activities as directed by supervisor and maintains a safe environment.
  • Performs other related work as required.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of Role Recovery
  • Ability to independently conduct assessments and interview residents to identify strengths, needs, abilities and preferences Ability to prepare reports
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments
  • Ability to write evaluation and progress reports/notes
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Knowledge, skills, and ability to use active listening and de-escalation techniques with residents in various settings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to plan and conduct Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Treatment, and Enrichment groups/activities.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to monitor and evaluate program effectiveness
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to develop/revise programs

Ability to use computer, i.e., word processing.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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