The following are the expectations of the Safety Procedures, provision of Therapeutic Services, Attendance/Punctuality Procedures, Observation Checks, Professionalism and Cleanliness policies for therapists at The Wellness Center.
Have a walkie talkie on self or within arms reach away at all times
Therapist/client distance = one arms length away at all times (unless when working on a therapeutic goal requiring longer distance)
Body Positioning of therapist to be proactive in preventing injury or escape of client through doors
Clearing materials off the floor or in work spaces (kitchen, therapy rooms, etc) throughout the therapy sessions
When not engaged directly in a therapy session with a client, remove yourself from the work areas to prevent distraction to working therapists
OR Volunteer to assist with social/behavioral sessions or conduct additional cleaning to assist other therapists
If therapist taking client for next session is late, bring the client out to the waiting area with parents to remain until assigned therapist arrives so that you are focused on your current client
When in doubt, help out!
Every activity during the session must align with client goals and be functional
Every session must be data driven and be recorded accurately on SOAP notes
If client requires a short break, the therapist is NOT on a break. Make that client’s break functional and therapeutic by engaging in social language with them, moving them to a higher level of play therapy, etc.
Breaks are short bursts of motivating activity to allow client to re-engage fully upon returning to a structured task. Provide breaks only as needed, while attempting to slowly build up the client’s ability to sustain longer attention and focus over time to structured tasks
Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your first scheduled session
If running late, please call the front desk immediately and give them a time estimate of your arrival 623-986-5110
Complete an Absence Request Form as soon as you are aware that you need time off to allow time for your sessions to be Covered or Rescheduled
Be sure your work attire is comfortable yet professionally acceptable to working with clients of all age ranges
Be sure to appear groomed but do not wear heavy colognes or perfumes that may be sensory triggers to many clients
Make sure to use antibacterial soaps, gels and appropriate cleansers when washing your hands frequently and when wiping down work area (work tables, door knobs, etc)
Clean up all materials from floor and work space following each activity conducted with client, specifically in the Brainasium and kitchen
Make sure materials and equipment are not blocking a clear path to all doorways
Follow all HIPAA regulations
Keep all verbal interactions with parents/clients (regardless of the severity of their disability) professional. Do not engage in gossip of any kind related to other staff, clients or parents while on Wellness Center property
The use of cell phones/tablets/laptops/devices for activities not directly related to client goals, data collection, reporting or obtaining parent signatures is not permitted. Be cognizant of the amount of time a client spends on a device for a specific activity and restructure therapy sessions to incorporate a multi-modality approach to meeting functional goals
Follow all guidelines for your discipline specific licensure held in the state of AZ.
Bring enthusiasm to your sessions, whether it is the first client of your day or your last. Each client deserves the best therapeutic care we can offer!
Supervisors and Admin will be conducting frequent, random observational checks to ensure that all Safety and Professional Procedures are being adhered to by all employees
Supervisors will speak to you individually should they feel that a procedure was not adhered to during a session
Supervisors/Admin will call you in for a Written Disciplinary Action should repeated verbal warnings fall under the same policy area, to which a plan for improvement will be determined