Behavior Health Technician in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 11/4/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Provide therapeutic support and behavioral interventions to children/adolescents in home, school and/or community settings in order to help the client achieve goals identified on their treatment plan.  

Responsibilities:

  • Foster a therapeutic relationship with the child and support their therapeutic needs and therapeutic goals on the treatment plan in home, school and the community.
  • Based upon the treatment/behavior plan use therapeutic techniques and interventions best matched to the individual to help them achieve goals in the treatment plan
  • Collect data on behaviors as directed by the team to provide input and feedback that contributes to the development of the treatment plan.
  • Provide crisis management and support to clients, including prevention, de-escalation and processing of strategies to support improved client functioning.
  • Coach the teacher, parent, and child on how to effectively implement strategies and interventions that promote attainment of treatment goals and help the client achieve success. This includes working with schools and families to inform them of appropriate services and interventions, and informing them that IBHS is different than “baby-sitting” and “bribing” children.
  • Actively engage 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.
  • Provide feedback to other team members regarding outcome measurement related to interventions and responses.
  • Adhere 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.  
  • Actively collaborate with all treatment team members on a frequent and regular basis.
  • Attend supervision and training as directed
  • Adhere to regulations regarding further professional development. Complete all of the mandatory trainings required to maintain compliance with the agency expectations and guidelines.
  • Ensure compliance with PHMC policies and procedures including confidentiality and reporting suspected abuse.

  Contributing to the Team:

  • Participates in regular meetings with staff to ensure priorities are clear, coordination is good and communication is effective. 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.

Skills:

  • Understanding of theory and implementation of behavior modification interventions.
  • 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.
  • Maintains appropriate professional boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates initiative, problem solving, and follow-through.
  • Independently assessing and recording/collecting data in order to report behavioral outcomes and intervention results to BC, MT, and Psychologist
  • 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.
  • Ability to administer First Aid and CPR, if necessary.

Experience:

  • 1 year full-time paid experience working in direct contact with children/adolescents is preferred/required, depending on degree – see below.  

Education Requirement:

To meet the state regulations for a Behavioral Health Technician individuals must have one of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one (1) of the following disciplines: Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice, or other Human Service field.

or

  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent of a high school diploma 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. On the job training will be provided.

and

  •  Prefer a minimum of 2 years of experience in the provision of behavioral health services.

Salary:

  • $19/hour

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

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