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Date:Sep 13, 2021

Location: CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL, US, 32324

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Requisition No: 205462

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: REHABILITATION THERAPIST - F/C - 60074357

Position Number: 60074357

Salary: 29,344.38.

Posting Closing Date: 10/01/2021

WORKING TITLE: Rehabilitation Therapist F/C

SALARY: $1,128.63 BI-WEEKLY/$29,344.38 ANNUALLY

LOCATION: Forensic Central and Forensic Admission Rehabilitation Services

SHIFT: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm w/ occasional weekend work



All employees of state mental health treatment facilities are required to wear face masks and appropriate protective equipment as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, staff will be required to complete Covid-19 testing prior to hire and routinely during employment.


It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency. Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.

Effective July 1, 2007, several changes were made to the laws relating to Veterans’ Preference in employment, as follows:

Preference eligibility no longer expires upon appointment of the eligible person to a position with the State or any political subdivision of the State.

Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they held or are currently holding a job with a public employer are now eligible to use their veterans’ preference again with all employers covered by State law.

Persons who were previously ineligible for preference because they did not serve during an eligible wartime period, may now be eligible for veterans’ preference if they served during Operation Enduring Freedom (beginning October 7, 2001 to present) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (beginning March 19, 2003 to present).

Basically, this law allows qualified Veterans to claim preference for every job they apply for in the State System. In the past, once you were hired with a State or governmental employer, you could not claim preference for other jobs, such as promotions. Veterans' Preference ensures that qualified Veterans are given consideration in every stage of the hiring process.


  • Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, duties for this position will temporarily include daily management of basic resident care within residential unit areas as needed, assisting with direct care tasks not related to normal Rehabilitation functions until further notice.

    This is a skilled professional work involved in planning and providing direct resident services through scheduled therapeutic activities in a large mental health facility. Work involves evaluating programmatic and therapeutic needs, planning appropriate therapeutic services, implementing direct resident services through scheduled session, and ongoing evaluation of services delivered. The incumbent in this position will spend a minimum of 75% of the time performing duties outlined on the official description in a Forensic facility or institution.


    Plans, develops, and conducts resident substance disorder treatment by means of Educational Classes and Individual and Group Counseling, utilizing Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and or the Dual Recovery Twelve Step program. Also, provides direct resident services including, but not limited to Psychiatric rehabilitation, Treatment and Enrichment services.

    Conducts resident assessments pertaining to (1) resident level of readiness for and ability to benefit from substance disorder services (2) resident input regarding their individual needs, preferences and wants (3) resident overall progress and progress toward accomplishment of treatment objectives (4) resident ability to remain abstinent after discharge (5) special evaluations as required for clinical or legal purposes.

    Documents resident substance disorder treatment progress on a monthly basis meeting with residents individually as needed to accomplish Pre-Recovery Plan documentation.

    Coordinates with service team members, resident family if necessary, and the resident in mutually (1) identifying their strengths and assets to help build a recovery foundation (2) establishing treatment objectives for resolution of substance disorder issues.

    Fulfills duties of being part of the service team by coordinating with staff to help resolve resident problems and needs particularly as they relate to substances, attending special service team meetings when possible, preparing statistical reports as requested, and participating in committee groups as assigned.

    Provides pre-discharge counseling to residents, written progress summaries, and discharge recommendations to the service team, documenting the level of substance disorder support that will be needed after discharge.

    Participates in individual professional development, Florida State Hospital and Department of Children and Families required training, protocols with supervisor; including observation, reviews, training, and performs other related work as required; such as working with intern.


    Assisting and Caring for Others

    Providing assistance or personal care to others.

    Providing Assistance or Personal Care to Others.

    Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

    Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    Combining, evaluating, and reasoning with information and data to make decisions and solve problems. These processes involve making decisions about the relative importance of information and choosing the best solution.

    Interpreting Meaning of Information to Others

    Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be understood or used to support responses or feedback to others.

    Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

    Providing consultation and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-related, or process related topics.

    Coaching and Developing Others

    Identifying developmental needs of others and coaching or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

    Communicating With Persons Outside Organization

    Communicating with persons outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged face-to-face, in writing, or via telephone/electronic transfer.

    Documenting/Recording Information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in either written form or by electronic/magnetic recording.

    Analyzing Data or Information

    Identifying underlying principles, reasons, or facts by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

    Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings

    Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, often to detect problems or to find out when things are finished.


    Knowledge, skills, and abilities

Knowledge of theories and practices in counseling or social work.

Knowledge of professional ethics relating to counseling or social work.

Knowledge of interviewing techniques.

Ability to provide counseling or social work services to others.

Ability to coordinate a team approach to the rehabilitation process.

Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.

Ability to actively listen to others.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE AT (850) 663-7258). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


EFFECTIVE: 12/10/2003

History: 07/01/2002

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and one year (preferable) of professional experience in developmental disabilities, special education, mental health, counseling, guidance, social work, health or rehabilitative programs.

Rehabilitative sciences include: Music Therapy; Therapeutic Recreation; Horticulture Therapy; Art Therapy; Dance therapy; Occupational Therapy

Behavioral Sciences includes: Counseling and Psychology

Other degrees which can be considered include: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Special Education, Social Work, Education (including but not limited to music, vocational, arts, etc.), Human Services , Sociology, Allied Health, Leisure Studies with course work in Therapeutic Recreation, and Other Human Services or Therapeutic Related Degrees, Provided they meet the following criteria in addition to the degree:

  • Either a minor in psychology or

  • 18 hours of course work specifically related to providing mental health services (to be determined by review of transcript): including but not limited to assessments for individual needs, program planning/development based on needs, counseling, behavioral/abnormal psychology or psychological theories, behavior modification, etc. or

  • At least one year previous work experience in a mental health related program with experience in assessing individuals for needed services, planning/developing interventions to address individual needs and implementing those services.

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university can substitute for one year of the required experience.

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 clickinghere ( . All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement.

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