ERIC Number: ED182526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Health/Human Service Worker Activities. The Process and the Products. A Report of Phase I Paraprofessional Worker Certification Project.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Phase 1 of the Paraprofessional Worker Certification project defined and described the content and characteristics of mental health/human service work. Empirical data collected in several earlier projects was subjected to two forms of validation on a national basis. On a job analysis survey workers in the field indicated the frequency with which they performed tasks in the first validation. Hierarchical-grouping-statistical procedures were used to analyze these data and to group related tasks into clusters from which forty competency statement constructs were derived. A second validation of the competency statements involved obtaining scaled data which identified the relative frequence, importance to client, and potential risk to client (if poorly done) for each competency. Respondents (supervisors, educators, and workers) also identifed the level of worker currently performing each competency. Analysis of survey returns suggested that (1) the statements covered mental health/human service work completely and (2) the basis for partitioning the work into levels is weak. (Appendixes amounting to over one-half of the report include the worker activity/competency statements with statement, interpretation, context, and indicators and the job analysis survey.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health, Rockville, MD. Paraprofessional Manpower Development Branch.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.