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Day Treatment Behavioral Specialist

January 11, 2013 - January 11, 2014
Location:Hopkins, MN, MN
Salary Range:commensurate with experience
Benefits:medical insurance, health savings account, dental insurance, 401k with 2% match, life/AD&D insurance, voluntary supplemental life insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, and direct deposit
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Headway Emotional Services provides comprehensive mental health therapy, counseling and classes to more than 11,000 families in our Golden Valley, Richfield and Hopkins locations each year. Originally called The Storefront Group, Headway was founded in 1970 by a group of suburban parents who wanted to help kids and families in crisis in their communities. Their mission, still true today, was “to transform lives by providing hope, healing and empowerment through treatment, intervention and education.”

As a Day Treatment Behavioral Specialist, you provide behavioral management to adolescent clients in a Day Treatment Program. This includes collaboration, education and support in the academic classroom and behavioral management in the Day Treatment milieu. The Behavioral Specialist assists in leading therapeutic experiential and skills groups for Adolescent Day Treatment program clients. This position provides behavior management support to Day Treatment program therapists and the educational team by creating a positive therapeutic milieu, and observing and intervening proactively with clients. The Behavioral Specialist supports Day Treatment program therapists with their interventions with their clients and documents the work daily.
Duties:Goals and Outcomes:
• Develop and participate in therapeutic experiential activities; coordinate with Day Treatment program therapists.
• Work to maintain safety in the milieu for clients and staff.
• Ensure that all behavioral interventions are therapeutic and coordinated with Day Treatment program therapists.
• Ensure that therapeutic experiential activities are documented and accessible for staff.
• Ensure that all paperwork is done in accordance with organization CTSS and Rule 29/47 guidelines.

Essential Job Functions
-Develop and participate in therapeutic experiential activities; coordinate with therapists to ensure activities are guided by treatment plans, behavior plans, and are culturally and developmentally appropriate
-Implement medically necessary treatment strategies in the individual treatment plan and the individual behavioral plan
-Document that experiential activities and ensure that this documentation is accessible to Day Treatment staff
-Document the delivery of services in written progress notes compliant with CTSS and Rule 29/47
-Provide positive, proactive behavior management such as monitoring time-outs and individualized interventions.
-Serve as a role model for clients by demonstrating positive, proactive and respectful communication
-Provide de-escalation, early intervention and crisis intervention for clients to assist them to remain in daily programming.
-Act as a liaison between academic and treatment portions of the day by providing input to program therapists about clients.
-Provide outreach, consultation and resource information to collaborative partner, parents and providers as needed.
-Supervise and participate in meals, clean up, and therapeutic play activities.
-Participate in clinical consultation of clients with supervisor, professional consultants and program staff to refine individual interventions and therapeutic techniques
-Understand and competently adhere to all mandated reporting expectations
-Participate in trainings to strengthen clinical knowledge and skills, as needed to perform the responsibilities of the job.
-Transport clients as necessary, to engage in experiential activities
-Other duties as assigned
Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, social work, sociology, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Experience: A minimum of one year of experience working with youth in a therapeutic environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• High degree of organization and attention to detail
• Proven ability to identify and resolve problems
• Ability to collaborate and utilize the skills of program team and other staff
• Ability to build and sustain positive relationships with youth that are experiencing emotional dysregulation
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to collaborate and utilize the skills of program team and other staff
• Proven ability to work independently, take initiative, identify strengths in individuals and systems and positively motivate others
• De-escalation skills
• Ability to work in a fast paced, sometimes stressful environment. Ability to think on your feet during a crisis
• General Knowledge of county and state rules, laws and guidelines
• Ability to identify and resolve problems
• Ability to work independently, take initiative, identify strengths in in individuals and systems and positively motivate others
• Proficient computer skills in Word and Excel
Working Condition/Physical demands:
• Exposure to fragrances and other environmental elements that may affect a chemical sensitivity
• Local travel within the metro area
• Ability to lift up to 25 lbs
• Sitting for long periods of time
• Interact with a range of personalities and diverse individuals

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