Paraprofessional

 Many paraprofessional positions require some training. You can get training on the job, from a community provider or college/university. Many of these positions have a variety of titles depending on employer. Below are a range of jobs with information about training requirements and duties.

Case Manager/Care Coordinator, Clinical Associate

Education and training requirements vary by position type and agency. May require additional education and/or training specific to client need. Case management/care coordination training required for Medicaid billing. For training to work with individuals experiencing traumatic brain injury, visit ATBI Case Management – Training.

Assesses a client’s needs and provides resources and referrals for support or treatment such as transportation, rehabilitation, housing, personal care and other needs. Help develop plan of care with team supporting an individual.

For more information: Care Coordination Resource Materials

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Requires certification by State of Alaska, 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical skills education and completion of exam.

Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Duties may include feeding, bathing, dressing or moving patients or changing linens. Many opportunities are within the elder care system.

For more information: AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology

Chemical Dependency Technician

Technicians work with counselors to help chronic alcoholics and substance abusers to overcome addiction. For a generic introduction to the field, visit http://online.onetcenter.org/link/summary/21-1011.00

Most organizations require chemical dependency certification.

Children’s Behavioral Health

There are many opportunities for working with children with behavioral health issues such as activity therapist, classroom aide, and case worker. While not always necessary, being certified is becoming the standard. For information about the Children’s Behavioral Health Occupational Endorsement Certificate, visit the CHD.

Community Wellness Advocate

Work alongside Community Health Aides and Community Family Service Workers to provide services focused on the prevention of disease and promotion of community assets that are health-enhancing. For certification.

Employment Specialist, Job Coach, Activity Therapist

Education and training requirements vary by position type and agency. May require certification and/or 4-year degree.

Assists individuals in daily life experiences involving work, community-based activities, and/or recreational activities.

For more information: Center for Continuing Education in Rehabilitation

Intake Specialist

Education and training requirements vary by position type and agency.

Determines eligibility of applicants to receive government assistance and agency resources such as welfare, unemployment, Social Security and public housing.

Residential Aide

Education and training requirements vary by position type and agency. May require 4-year degree.

Assists health care professionals to provide client services and assist families. May assist clients in finding benefits and services. May assist social workers with developing and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, relationships, rehabilitation or adult daycare.

Mental Health Aide / Technician

Education and training requirements vary by position type and agency. May require additional education and/or training specific to client need.

Coordinates and participates in activities supporting individuals experiencing developmental disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse and a combination of disabilities.

 Personal Care Aide / Assistant (PCA)

Requires certification by State of Alaska, 40 hours of training approved by the State of Alaska Senior and Disability Services and completion of exam.

Assists seniors and individuals experiencing disabilities with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, eating, shopping, laundry and light housekeeping. Additional training and experience can lead to Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Respite Care

Training requirements vary by agency.

Provides temporary relief to primary caregivers who care for individuals with severe emotional disorders, developmental disabilities and other disabilities. Maintaining safety and daily routine are often a focus of respite care and may involve a wide range of activities.