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Occupational Therapist

at Montana Historical Society

Posted: 4/1/2019
Job Reference #: 19140582

Job Description

Job Overview:   Provides occupational therapy services to patients based on need and assessment.

Major Duties or Responsibilities: Provides Occupation Therapy Services

Patient Occupational Therapy Services                                                                 
  • Provides patient assessment identifies health problems and develops a plan of care.

  • Communicates findings to providers for determination of occupational therapy intervention.

  • Assist with discharge plans for patients returning to home or community settings.

  • Develops and updates as needed patient plan of care related to occupational therapy.

  • Co-ordinates and provides individual and group counseling based on appropriate communication skills and techniques to assist patient's identification of group process and modification of dysfunctional behaviors as well as improvement in physical functioning and deficits.

  • Teaches health and physical fitness information to patients using formal and informal teaching methods to ensure understanding of mental health and physical problems in order to achieve satisfying and productive patterns of living.

  • Meets with referred patients to assess activities of daily living in order to teach and encourage constructive behavioral changes.

  • Evaluates and communicates verbally and via written documentation patient's response to interventions in relation to established measurable goals and objectives in order to revise baseline data and treatment interventions.

  • Consults regarding the use of adaptive devices, positioning, ROM, gain, and ambulation devices  (wheelchair, walker, crutches, etc.)


Hospital Services                                                                                                       
  • Serves on hospital committees such as Medical Audit, Utilization Review, Seclusion and Restraint as requested to ensure compliance with established standards.

  • Teaches basic occupational therapy skills and interventions and procedures to treatment program personnel utilizing formal and informal teaching techniques to promote knowledge and skill development.

  • Completes special projects and activities related to the profession of occupational therapy.

Physical and Environmental Demands: Professional Clinical, Medical, and Nursing Services positions primarily work on treatment units and in a clinic setting.   These positions are  involved in the treatment of persons who pose unpredictable  and physically aggressive behavior requiring staff intervention and possible risk of injury to staff.  Employees in these positions may be expected to assist with patient crisis interventions.  These positions are also involved in the evaluation and treatment of persons with histories of serious criminal acts.  Training in hospital approved intervention techniques and Mental Health Professional Person  Certification are required. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):


Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of rehabilitation therapy with emphasis on occupational therapy.

  • Knowledge related to the treatment for patients with serious mental illness, as well as chemical dependency, developmental disabilities, personality disorders, etc.

  • Effectively utilize knowledge and skills, and apply them to practical assessment and treatment modalities for patients..

  • Skill in the use of occupational therapy techniques and equipment.

  • Organize and lead group activities.

  • Prepare reports and keep records

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients and employees

  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to Analyze, assemble, and organize information.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Bachelor' s degree in Occupational Therapy required

  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy  preferred

  • Liscensed in the State of Montana as an Occupational Therapist


If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.