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Plans and supervises a Sheltered Workshop for prevocational training and industrial therapy for the mentally retarded and/or the mentally ill and develops a program of occupational placement and public acceptance.

Typical Work

Supervises Sheltered Workshop Program for mentally retarded and coordinates the program within the institution and with community rehabilitation programs for handicapped;

Determines initial program training objectives; evaluates program; and conducts periodic surveys to determine future training needs;

Consults with institutional staff regarding selection of residents for program; assists residents to adjust to program through counseling; evaluates individual progress;

Selects, trains and evaluates technical and non technical assistants and volunteers, and assigns work schedules;

Works with community to develop public acceptance, assistance and cooperation of other organizations and agencies; and with private industry to develop training and placement opportunities;

Assists in preparing Sheltered Workshop budget; orders supplies and equipment, and prepares required reports;

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles and practice of rehabilitation of mentally and physically handicapped, group leadership, supervision and training, non medical therapeutic techniques; and community resources.

Ability to: develop and supervise training program for handicapped; supervise employees and volunteers; develop and maintain good relationships with the community, other agencies and private industry.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

1) A Bachelor's degree involving major study in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, vocational guidance, sociology, business administration, education or a related field.


2) Two years of experience in a Sheltered Workshop Program or in vocational counseling, rehabilitation or teaching of the handicapped.

A Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, vocational guidance or a closely related field may be substituted for one year of experience.

Class Specification History

New Class Effective July 1, 1965
New class code: (formerly 37600) effective July 1, 2007

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