Therapy Technician 2

State of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ3.6


Promoting Health and Wellness for all Arizonans” is the motto of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). ADHS promotes and protects the health of Arizona’s children and adults and sets the standard for personal and community health through direct care, science, public policy and leadership. ADHS is an award winning, nationally recognized department and is one of the largest in Arizona State Government with a budget of 1.5 billion dollars and workforce of approximately 1,550 employees.

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Therapy Technician 2

Arizona State Hospital - 501 N. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) is located on a 93 acre campus at 24th Street and Van Buren, in Phoenix, Arizona. ASH provides long-term inpatient psychiatric care to Arizonans with mental illnesses that are under court order for treatment. ASH protects the rights and privileges of each patient, including the patients’ rights to confidentiality and privacy. Treatment at ASH is considered “the highest and most restrictive” level of care in the state. Patients are admitted as a result of an inability to be treated in a community facility or due to their legal status. Hospital personnel provide state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric care and are committed to treating patients and personnel with dignity and respect. Interdisciplinary care is delivered in collaboration with the patient, family, legal representatives and community providers with a focus on recovery and community reintegration.

Job Summary

This position will be responsible for a variety of activities and is an active participant in therapeutic treatment teams.

All Arizona State employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress. Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results. State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Responsibilities include: –

Assisting in planning and carrying out rehabilitative treatment programs –

Conducting and supervising patient activities, both individual and groups –

Observing and recording patient responses to therapy and alters approaches as appropriate to reach treatment goals and individual needs –

Interacting face-to-face with patients in a supportive and helping role –

Instructing patients in special exercises –

Participating in establishing and maintaining a safe, orderly, and therapeutic environment –

Preparing materials and equipment for treatment plan activities –

Escorting patients to and from care units of the hospital –

Supporting a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of ADHS, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Position Requirements include:

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent

Knowledge of fundamentals of rehabilitation, therapeutic treatment and application, and mental health principles and techniques; therapeutic practices and techniques for group and individual activities used in therapy; modification techniques to adapt to individual situations

Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; interpreting therapeutic activities; analyzing situations accurately and initiating effective action/measures

Ability to operate up to a 12 passenger van (must be able to complete required hospital training); motivate patients as deemed appropriate by Individual Treatment Plans; maintain sensitivity, objectivity, and flexibility under peer pressure associated with mentally/emotionally ill patients; communicate verbally and in writing; interpret therapeutic activities to patients and other individuals as appropriate

Preferred Qualifications: –

Experience working or serving in mental health –

Preference will be given to candidates with prior Public Health experience


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans

Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans

Accrued vacation pay and sick days

10 paid holidays per year

Deferred compensation plan

Credit union membership

Wellness plans

Employment Requirements

A State Hospital employee must be able to obtain a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1758.07. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any driver training (See Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Ideally the successful candidate will have strength to deal with physical situations involving patient care.

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.

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