Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist *

THERAPEUTIC BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST

Full-time (40-hours/week) position under the general direction of the Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist Coordinator.  Responsible for working with clients and their families in the home to implement treatment techniques designed to resolve behavioral and related issues identified in the treatment plan.

Position Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides therapeutic services to clients and families as measured by supervision, direct observation and/or functional behavior assessments.
  • Continually assesses the needs and symptoms of clients and families (meets medical necessity), gathering history, and determining the most appropriate method(s) of intervention (individual, family, group, supportive, outreach etc.).
  • Complies with productivity standards of the Agency and maintains an appropriate caseload to reach the budgeted daily expectation of billable hours. (refer to Productivity Policy)
  • Submits timely documentation (progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, notes to chart) as outlined in policy and measured via productivity reports (refer to Progress/Case Note Submission Policy).
  • Continually assesses client progress and modifies treatment/services via completion and submission of outcome measures.
  • Accurately documents all work with client and/or family and/or relevant persons as measured by QA standards and peer review audit results.
  • Participates in clinical/case supervision by coming prepared to discuss current caseload, documentation and productivity; accepts constructive feedback and direction; and puts feedback into clinical and or therapeutic practice with clients.
  • Establishes and maintains rapport and effective working relationships with child(ren), families, and community; works effectively within the Agency and community at large.
  • Advocating and/or ensuring accompaniment for clients (court, medical, mediation, medication, and visitations) with the goal to ensure satisfactory placement of a child in a safe, permanent, and stable home setting.
  • Maintains knowledge of program standards and policies as developed by Five Acres, COA, Community Care Licensing and other governing bodies; develops personal and professional knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the art practices; participating in in-service programs.
  • Maintains confidentiality over all information regarding clients, families, and operations of the Agency (including media).
  • Incorporates Agency philosophy and mission in all aspects of job performance. 
  • Maintains professional relationship with clients, staff, and other outside stake holders at all times.
  • Exercises good judgment in the performance of duties and responsibilities.

Position Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Bachelor's degree plus two (2) years' full-time paid experience, or Associates degree plus four (4) years full-time paid experience, working in a social services setting.
  • Some work experience in social services, working with severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. 
  • Effective oral/written communication skills; bi-lingual skills in Spanish/English preferred
  • Ability to be flexible and work in a changing environment
  • Ability to pass and utilize the Pro Act physical restraint system
  • Computer skills sufficient to meet production demands of the job including Microsoft Office and TIER/WELLIGENT software, and skill in maintaining detailed, accurate and complete records
  • Must have a valid California Driver License, proof of automobile insurance and meet the Agency's safe driver guidelines.
  • Ability to work varied hours
  • Sensitivity to the different cultures represented among the clients, families and staff
  • A basic understanding of age appropriate behavior for children/adolescents

Location: Pasadena, CA