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Behavioral Specialist

Position Overview

The Behavioral Specialist Consultant designs and directs the implementation of the behavior modification plan / treatment plan in collaboration with other team members. The consultant identifies individual goals and specific intervention techniques needed for each child while providing ongoing assessment and monitoring of these treatment interventions.

Hours: Part-time (fee for service)

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide direct consultation to other treatment team members including Mobile Therapists, Behavioral Health Technicians, teachers, family members and other systems involved with a child/adolescent.
  • Consult to and/or formulate behavioral modification plans/treatment plans in cooperation with assigned children/adolescents and their families. Implement the plan and monitor progress toward established goals/objectives.
  • Develop and revise behavior plans as needed.
  • Maintain frequent contact with the entire treatment team, in-person and via telephone. Facilitate inter-systems cooperation and collaboration on behalf of each child/adolescent.
  • Attend regular treatment team meetings held at the child’s home, school, or other community setting. Attend school IEP meetings when possible.
  • Coordinate and conduct IBHS monthly team meetings with each family, team members, and other systems supporting the family.
  • Coordinate and conduct IBHS treatment plan meetings every 4 months, or as needed.
  • Monitor implementation of treatment plans or behavior plans by direct observation at schools or in the home.
  • Research and distribute applicable resources to family and team members.
  • Complete and submit assessment and/or outcome measurement tools required for each child/adolescent and family and utilize them in treatment/behavioral planning.
  • Develop and assist with implementing a crisis prevention/safety plan with other professionals and family as needed.
  • Maintain detailed progress notes for each session and/or contact made.   Submit progress notes, along with other necessary paperwork, on a weekly basis.
  • Provide direct on-site supervision to Behavioral Health Technician staff. Review Behavioral Health Technician staff progress notes and sign for approval.
  • Attend at least one supervision peer group each month and receive individual supervision 2 times per quarter.
  • Maintain required productivity by following the recommendation of services and providing the prescribed hours as noted in the psychological evaluation for each child and family.
  • Adherence to Children Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) Principles.

Requirements

  • A Ph.D. in psychology with several years experience working with emotionally disturbed children or adolescents and their families. Licensure in Pennsylvania; or
  • A Master’s Degree in psychology or a related field and several years experience working with emotionally disturbed children or adolescents and their families.
  • A valid PA Driver’s license and good driving record.
  • A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.

Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer