Brain Injury Services (BIS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to help children and adults with a brain injury build the skills and confidence they need to lead a fulfilling and productive life. We are looking for two Occupational Therapists to join our team in our Life Skills Program, providing community-based services to survivors of brain injuries in Northern Virginia.
Under general direction of the Life Skills Department Manager, the Occupational Therapist will provide evaluation, service planning, training, and acquisition assistance to BIS clients as related to life skill development, cognitive rehabilitation, and assistive technology throughout the BIS service area. It is the role of the Occupational Therapist to promote wellness and to help clients develop, recover, improve the skills needed for daily living and engagement in meaningful activities.
Services are provided at client residences, in the community, and in office settings.
The Occupational Therapist is responsible for providing expertise related to life skill development, cognitive rehabilitation, and assistive technology use for persons with an acquired brain injury. These responsibilities include providing screenings, assessments, consultations, and interventions for persons with brain injuries in order to promote wellness and maximum independence for the client.
It is important to note that this position is funded through a grant that concludes in June 2020. The position cannot be guaranteed beyond then, but Brain Injury Services intends to secure funding to sustain this position as long as there are client needs.
The position will primarily serve clients residing in Fairfax County, but may require travel to serve clients throughout the BIS service area.
1. Develop a holistic profile of individual clients by integrating findings from case history, client and support team interviews, assessments, etc.
2. Support clients in identifying strengths and weaknesses and developing meaningful goals;
3. Develop specific and reasonable service plans that reflect appropriate learning sequence, identify the most appropriate settings for service, and explore alternative service delivery options.
4. Communicate the service plan to clients and team members, laying out the types of activities and specific goals to be accomplished.
5. Arrange team meetings with family members, BIS staff, and other identified team members as appropriate;
6. Recognize the unique characteristics and needs of the client and uses this information to effectively modify service plans, strategies, materials, and/or instruction to meet these specific needs.
7. Accurately document progress, incidents and outcomes;
8. Assist consumers with acquisition of identified equipment through resource development;
9. Develop strategic alliances with public and private organizations who can help further the mission of the Department and BIS as an organization
10. Provide training to other professionals on supporting individuals with brain injuries
11. Continuously monitor technological advancements and research developments.
12. Maintain professional license and certification requirements according to area of expertise.
All other duties as assigned
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- A Master Degree from an accredited college or university in occupational therapy with at least two years of experience.
- An individual with extensive knowledge in life skill development, cognitive rehabilitation, and the utilization of assistive technology for individuals with acquired brain injury.
- Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS)
- Cognitive rehabilitation approaches and models
- The appropriate use of assistive technology;
- Medical and psychological aspects of brain injury especially cognitive losses as a result of a brain injury;
- Community-based service models
- ADA and other legislation that promotes and protects the rights of persons with disabilities
- Financial resources for the acquisition of assistive technologies
- Collect and interpret data related to client progress accurately.
- Listen to input from others, make appropriate decisions based on shared information, and promote mutual problem solving.
- Prioritize activities, schedule client contacts and meetings, and maintain client records in a timely manner.
- Listens, reflects, and explains information using audience-appropriate terminology and monitors understanding by asking questions.
- Select and develop materials for which there is a clear rationale and use these materials creatively and effectively to enhance client success.
Able visually and verbally to assess referrals, clients, and families, able to utilize phone to answer questions; able to travel extensively and over long periods; cognitively able to do math and calculations, problem solving and formulations; reading and proofreading; reasoning and analysis; administration/writing/communication/negotiation skills.
Eligible for comprehensive benefits plan, including medical, dental, life, disability, 403b
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
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