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SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The CP Activity Therapist is responsible for the provision of individual and group skill development services to the students. In addition to skill development and instruction, duties include: crisis intervention, advocacy, assessment, interdisciplinary teamwork, and community liaison. Under the supervision of the Community Programs Coordinator, activity therapists are responsible for implementing appropriate treatment strategies and for timely and satisfactory documentation. The activity therapist adheres to standards and regulations as set forth by the agency, The Joint Commission, OCS licensing, DMHDD, and Medicaid. The activity therapist is expected to abide by all safety rules and regulations of the agency. The responsibilities of the activity therapist are carried out according to AK Child & Family policies, the AK Child & Family mission, and the AK Child & Family philosophy of care. Assumes additional duties as assigned.

All positions at AK Child & Family may have responsibilities altered during the course of employment due to agency imperatives.

SUPERVISION AND COORDINATION OF SERVICES:
The Community Programs Activity Therapists are directly supervised by the Community Programs Coordinator (CPC). Scheduling of individual/group skill development sessions, job performance evaluations, student consultations, and all other aspects of the job are coordinated and supervised by the CPC.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The CP Activity Therapist must have demonstrated the ability to: relate positively to children with severe emotional problems, engage in physical activity, communicate effectively in English (oral and written) and the ability work independently. S/he needs to be able to work a flexible schedule; function on an interdisciplinary treatment team and independently handle crisis situations in the community using sound judgment, intervention skills, and appropriate use of supervisory guidance. A valid Alaska drivers license and use of an adequately insured vehicle is required. The CP Activity Therapist must also be able to demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.

Education and experience: The CP Activity Therapist is required to be at least 21 years of age, posses a High School Diploma / GED, and meet State of Alaska background check requirements. Two years of college education in a related field or two years direct care human services job experience working with emotionally disturbed children/adolescents preferred, but not required. Life experiences outside of the stated qualifications will be considered on an individualized basis.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The CP Activity Therapist must be able to drive and transport self and student(s) in their own vehicle or in an agency van within the Anchorage Municipality. The ability to physically manage students ages three to eighteen years, according to AK Child & Family and CP Behavior Management policies and procedures; move quickly throughout home and community recreation settings in order to monitor/supervise student activities is required. The CP Activity Therapist must be able to: legibly produce reports regarding students; supervise and assist students in home and community settings; actively participate in the cleaning and general upkeep of agency property; and be able to teach, supervise and participate in recreational and leisure time activities.

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