Behavior Health Technician, Providing ABA Services in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 9/15/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Provides individualized, one-to-one ABA support to children/adolescents with behavioral disorders across all settings (school, home and community). The BHT who is providing ABA services will implement individualized behavioral interventions based on the treatment plan goals created by a ABA Behavior Consultant (BC-ABA).

Responsibilities:

  • Fosters a positive therapeutic relationship with the child
  • Follows the treatment plan goals and interventions utilizing the ABA program designed by the BC-ABA and seeks out consultation when needed.
  • Prompts safe and socially acceptable replacement behaviors in order to build a repertoire of communication, social interaction, and problem solving skills and fades prompts appropriately to promote independent use of the replacement behaviors.
  • Increases the frequency or duration of safe and appropriate replacement behaviors by providing access to reinforcement.
  • Accurately collects behavior data including: A-B-C, count, frequency, duration, latency, inter-response time, event, and interval based recording.
  • Provides input and feedback that contributes to the development of the treatment plan.
  • Provides crisis management and support to clients, including prevention, de-escalation and processing of strategies to support improved client functioning.
  • Actively engages and coaches the client and their caregivers and/or teachers (as well as other adult supports) to work toward the achievement of treatment goals applying a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  • Adheres to CASSP principles of being child-centered, family-focused, community based, multi-system, culturally competent and least restrictive/least intrusive and incorporated these principles through treatment.  
  • Attends supervision and training as directed and following service contract. If the staff is assigned 20+ hours, they are responsible for 1 hour of supervision per week; below 20 hours, they are responsible for ½ hour supervision per week.
  • Adheres to regulations regarding further professional development. Complete all of the mandatory trainings required to maintain compliance with the agency expectations and guidelines.
  • Ensures compliance with PHMC’s policies and procedures including confidentiality and mandated reporting.

  Contributing to the Team:

  • Participates in regular meetings with staff to ensure priorities are clear, coordination is good and communications are open. Develops additional methods for ongoing effective communication.
  • Cooperates and communicates as a multi-discipline staff team member through formal meetings, informal consultations and committee participation. 
  • Models traits of a responsible team member, executing job responsibilities, open communication, good follow through; supports team members to do the same.
  • Responds promptly to the concerns and interests of the clients, parents, guardians, funding entities and other PHMC staff. 

Trauma Informed Behavior:

  • Demonstrates commitment to being trauma informed and maintaining a therapeutic environment and community that promotes safety and nonviolence as the basis for all we do with clients and staff.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and utilization of trauma informed practices, including emotional intelligence, effective communication, understanding of impact of trauma on development, strengths based and person-centered practice, resilience focus and commitment to growth and change.

Administrative Activities:

  • Ensures compliance with all PHMC’s policies and procedures, including confidentiality and acting as a mandated reporter in accordance with the law, policies, and procedures.
  • Implements all documentation requirements, reports are complete, thorough, timely, and follow prescribed format. Ensures staffs do the same.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience/Requirements:

  • Completed 40 hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification training curriculum prior to hire or within 6 months of start date.
  • Completed the RBT Competency Assessment prior to hire or within 12 months of employment under the supervision of a qualified BCBA and annually thereafter.
  • Understanding of theory and implementation of behavior modification interventions.
  • Knowledge of crisis management techniques.
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing with a broad variety of people, including other team members and management.
  • Ability to quickly form trusting relationships with child/adolescent population based on understanding of developmental process and emotional needs.
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with diverse clients, school staff, family members and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work effectively with a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates initiative, problem solving, and follow-through.
  • Ability to independently assess and record data in order to report behavioral outcomes and intervention results to treatment team.
  • Knowledge, application, and adherence to CASSP principles.
  • Ability to effectively and independently communicate treatment objectives and interventions to youth, family, school staff and other treatment team members.

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, counseling, sociology, education, criminal justice, or similar human service field OR Bachelor’s degree in any field with at least one year of experience in a job that involved direct contract with children/adolescents OR associates degree, or 60 credits toward a bachelor’s degree with at least 3 years of full-time paid work experience in direct care work with children or adolescents OR have a high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma will at least 2 years of experience providing ABA services and have completed a 40-hour training covering the RBT Task List as evidenced by a certification that includes the name of the responsible trainer, who is certified as a BCBA or BCaBA.

Salary:

  • Commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits package.

FLSA Classification: Non Exempt

  • This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.