Therapeutic Program Worker

State of Ohio


Job Duties

Provides active treatment and skill training to individuals with developmental disabilities according to each Person Centered Plan to assist Individuals to function independently in self-help &/or daily-living skills (e.g. eating, bathing, toileting, personal hygiene, oral hygiene, dressing, grooming, communication, money management, etiquette, social skills); participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Program Plan Team in the development, implementation, evaluation & modification of individual’s Individual plan; institutes appropriate behavioral intervention for unacceptable behavior as defined by approved behavioral plans; provides level of supervision as determined by Individuals’ IPP; attends team meetings/staffings (Annuals and Specials) for assigned individual's, serving as direct care representative; recommends changes in individual program plans as behavior shows progress or regression in relation to treatment plan &/or delivery of services to individuals; assists with planning & implementing therapeutic leisure-time activities, including community trips (e.g. shopping, movies, out to eat, hair cut appointments, grocery shopping, banking); facilitates & participates in on-grounds activities with individuals (e.g. gymnasium, pool, Bean Scene, activity room, pavilion, People Mover); operates a motor vehicle to transport individuals to activities on & off grounds (e.g. educational, recreational or occupational reasons); drives to local and out-of-town medical appointments [e.g. KCH, Ohio State Medical Center Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic]; shops for, or with, the individual for clothing &/or personal belongings; performs light housekeeping duties in individual’s living area; completes required documentation (e.g. daily charting, monthly progress summaries, yearly assessments, clothing inventories, sleep charts); observes for and reports reaction to medication & any unusual incidents; keeps self updated on Center’s policies and procedures; attends meetings, training, and in-service programs as applicable [e.g., Individual rights, Ethics, HIPPA, MUI, first aid, fire safety, CPR, Positive Behavioral Support Methods]); Maintains a positive learning environment by providing positive reinforcement, encouragement and promoting an atmosphere of choice and self-management. Communicates with the individuals in a manner indicative of a relaxed atmosphere and interacts with them in a positive, constructive manner; trains the individuals to serve themselves & assist in pre and post meal set up; assures access to personal possessions & assures individuals are dressed appropriately; accompanies & trains individuals in programs on & off-unit as described in the individual’s IPP; operates equipment necessary to teach individual's activities prescribed on IPP (e.g., washer, dryer, dishwasher, sweeper, kitchen appliances); assists in the maintenance of a clean & sanitary living environment by assisting & teaching/instructing individuals how to mop floors, wash windows, dust furniture, complete personal laundry. Mentors new employees; participates in group projects as requested; assists nursing by obtaining vital signs as necessary, completes treatments (e.g. applies ointments/lotions); completes other related duties as assigned. Mandatory Overtime is required of this position.


Formal education in arithmetic that includes addition & subtraction & in reading, writing & speaking common English vocabulary. In Department of Developmental Disabilities, must also possess a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalence pursuant to Chapter 5123:2-3-01(F) (1) (c).

For positions that require operation of motor vehicle to transport consumers to recreational, educational &/or occupational activities, a valid driver’s license is required.

  • Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above. Knowledge of J.C.A.H. (i.e., Joint Council for Accreditation of Hospitals) standards for resident care or ICF/IID (i.e., Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities) standards for resident care & Resident Review & Licensing Regulations*. Skill in operation of motor vehicle; direct care procedures (e.g., taking of vital signs, rendering of tub baths, appropriate lifting & positioning procedures, first aid). Ability to deal with problems involving several variables within familiar context; maintain accurate records; cooperate with co-workers; develop good rapport with residents &/or patients; demonstrate physical strength to lift 50-100 lbs.; read short sentences with concrete vocabulary.

(*)Developed after employment. 

DODD is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job functions, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship

Background Check Information Must be able to pass a background check and drug test. Also, must have less than 6 points on your drivers' license 

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