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Melissa Hueneburg Kirkpatrick

Rehabilitation Therapist

Work experience

Feb 2009September 2015

Rehabilitation Therapist-Music (Safety)

State of California, Department of Developmental Services, Porterville Developmental Center
  • Plans, develops, & implements therapeutic leisure activities (recreational, art, and musical) for clients living at the developmental center
    • organizes therapeutic music and recreational activities, i.e., choir, music lessons, talent shows, sing-alongs, basketball games, track meets, bingo night, etc, and facilitates these activities
  • Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team
    •  develops a formal desired outcome in the area of rehabilitation (when appropriate) providing a assessment-based objecticves, plan steps, and milestones

    • collaborates with other disciplines to create, monitor, and adapt client treatment plans

    • makes referrals and/or recommendations for necessary services and support
  • Coordinatescommunity outings and special events
    • acts as a liason between the facility and the community to coordinate outings for clientele
    • maintains good working relationships with volunteers, schools, clubs, and all community organizations
    • requests funds for special events through the appropriate channels
  • Effectively budgets and purchases equipment for therapeutic recreation/music therapy program
  • Maintains CPR certification and all other annual training as required per facility policy, i.e., Active Treatment Crisis Management, Clients Rights, etc.

  • Assists in the supervision of music therapy interns

  • Co-facilitates substance abuse awareness and prevention groups on the residence

  • Documents incidents involving injury, behavior problems, and other pertinent matters

    • Demonstrates knowledge of protocol related to reporting incidents of abuse and a willingness to follow such protocol
Jan 2009May 2010

Adult Education Instructor

Kern Community College District-Porterville College
  • Design and implement cirriculum in designated areas of study
    • subjects included money management, life skills, social science, and literacy training
  • Complete initial and on-going assessments for each student
    • develop assessment tool based on the student population (adults with develop mental disabilitie
  • Maintain a safe learning environment
    • demonstrate the knowledge and ability to effectively employ classroom and behavior management techniques



Enthusiastic therapist and innovative thinker with a demonstrated ability to be a leader in the health and human services field. Background includes working with adolescents, adults, and the elderly with developmental disabilities in a forensic treatment setting, a non-forensic residential setting, and in an acute medical setting. Specializing in music therapy, clinical assessment and documentation, and the development of effective individualized treatment plans focused on enhancing client services and care. Gained a reputation as a person who is willing to go the extra mile. Highly regarded for strong interpersonal skills, disciplined work habits, a commitment to excellence, and the ability to adapt to changing environments. Currently seeking to join a new team of health and human services professionals who share the same vision.

Professional Highlights

*Served as chairperson of the RPSO (Rehabilitation Professional Staff Organization) from 2010-2011

*Served as head of the LAFC in 2011, a comittee responsible for successfully reformatting the rehabilitation therapy assessment used facility-wide

*Played an instrumental role in the development of policy regarding Community Reintegration for clients in the forensic treatment area



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