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DSHS BHA Occupational Therapy Assistant

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Occupational Therapy Assistant 2

Come join our team as we Transform Lives! If you are ready to put your occupational therapy training to work, we have an excellent opportunity to further your career at Eastern State Hospital. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant in the Forensic Services Unit, you will work with and learn from other talented professionals as you provide active treatment services to patients with behavioral health issues.

Some of what you'll do:

  • Plan and implement activity programs to meet identified needs of patients
  • Assist in the development of plans and treatment goals for individuals and groups
  • Recommend interventions and plan treatment programs to meet those needs
  • Collect data for screening, evaluation, and re-evaluation
  • Model pro-social behaviors and manage patients' maladaptive behaviors while ensuring safety and security
  • Administer and score routine and criterion-referenced tests
  • Document patients' response to treatment
  • Communicate to others in a clear and effective manner

What we're looking for:

  • In-depth working knowledge of group behavior and dynamics
  • Experience in intervening and de-escalating crisis/dangerous situations
  • Knowledge of behavioral health issues and recovery principles
  • Ability to work as a team member and to resolve personal conflicts in a calm, non-threatening manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management, peers, patients, and the public
  • Demonstrate proficient operation of  Computer, copy machine, and patient lifting equipment

Who should apply?

  • Graduate of an approved educational program for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants


  • Successful completion of the American Occupational Therapy Association's Occupational Therapy Assistant certification examination


  • Current Washington State license, or license eligible to practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant


  • 18 months experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant 1 or equivalent.
  • Physical ability to move patients and equipment.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


Questions about this 04815? Contact Jourdan.Kovacs@dshs.wa.govPrior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver's license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.


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