Resources For Human Development, Inc.
Requisition Number: PA021-DRSPP-H-08-2018-01
Job Title: Life Skills Professional II
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $13.00-$13.50/hour

Life Skills Professional II

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Description/Job Summary

RHD H.E.A.R.T Services is community based licensed residential program (CRR) located in the South West area of Philadelphia (Pine Street).  HEART Services is seeking to hire a Full-Time Life Skills Professional II. The Life Skills Professional II (LSP II) performs clinical, medical, skills building and acquisition and other program related functions for the residents at H.E.A.R.T Services and will report to the Site Supervisor. Heart Services is a program servicing the needs of adults living with mental illness and other medical conditions.

The LSP II is responsible for coordinating shifts; collaboratively and actively assisting and supporting the participants of HEART Services in the development of Life Skills, facilitating and documenting psychotherapy groups, implementing the activities on the monthly calendar; promoting and enhancing the informed culture of the program and the establishment and attainment of goals identified in the individual Recovery Support Plan (RSP). The LSP II helps the participants of HEART Services attain overall wellness using strength based clinical model as tools for effective engagement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of HEART Services Quality Improvement (QI) Committee
  • Responsible for facilitating psychosocial group with program participants once a week.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all outcome related activities and documentations are completed after every group session
  • Responsible for coordinating shifts and ensuring a seamless shift operations
  • Responsible for implementing activities on the monthly activity calendar
  • Serve as the point person on shift, and responsible for communicating incidents, interventions, communications with external agencies/person(s) to the necessary administrative staff
  • Serve as a member of HEART Services to provide support services to program participants and promote to the values of RHD and HEART Services.
  • Responsible for the development of Recovery Support Plans Goals with assigned participants at admission and at least 60 days thereafter, and supporting participants with RSP goals daily. Discuss goal plans with the individual, breaking down the life skills to be learned into simple, measureable, and manageable short terms goals, which can be taught, modeled and practiced.
  • Prepare and implement individualized safety plan
  • Use evidence based perspectives (DBT, TIC, MI, CBT. etc.) when engaging program participants
  • Educate, practice, and support residents with skill building activities such as: meal and menu planning and food shopping; meal preparation and preservation; travel training; money management; care for personal space and apartment maintenance; appointment scheduling and medication management and compliance; home appliance and equipment operations, interpersonal relationship skill acquisition; employment seeking and educational opportunities,accessing community resources etc.
  • Adopt the informed culture of the program and model appropriate social skills to help the program participant develop positive relationships, deal with interpersonal conflict and successfully participate in social, recreational and cultural activities
  • Responsible for providing crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Communicate with staff, comprehensively, at shift change about the status of all program participants
  • Accompany residents to appointments and advocate for themwhen necessary
  • Complete daily required documentation comprehensively and accurately, i.e., observation checks, MARs,  daily shift notes, mileage logs,  incident reports (if applicable), and vehicle incident reports (if applicable)
  • Accompany residents to appointments and advocate for them when necessary.
  • Complete daily contact notes for assigned program participant/s in which reflect progress made towards identified recovery goals.
  • Perform all shift responsibilities
  • Monitor participant medication as prescribed (after completion of Medication Administration Training), and complete all corresponding documentation
  • Immediately communicate unusual incidents, accidents, and suspected abuse or neglect to Program Manager.
  • Report any issues pertaining to the maintenance of the site or site vehicle in a timely fashion and operate agency vehicles in accordance with established policy and procedures
  • Responsible for attending supervision, clinical meetings, quarterly staff meetings, and mandatory trainings to remain current with best practices
  • Comply with all assigned trainings through Cornerstone, RHD and HEART training plan and other identified trainings. Complete monthly minimum training hours
  • Facilitate monthly staff DBT Session
  • Communicate and document contact effectively
  • All other duties as identified by the Site Supervisor and Program Director

Requirements for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Possess High School Diploma/GED plus 2 years of experience in the social service field.
  • CPRP, CPS, WRAP trained, a plus
  • Excellent Communication skills (written and oral) including interpersonal skills
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of individuals and communicate professionally with outside agencies
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks or projects
  • Demonstrate good problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to carry out duties without direct supervision
  • Demonstrate skills using Microsoft Office software and database management; ability to use the Internet as a resource and complete necessary documentation
  • Ability to engage participants in effective, therapeutic and recovery oriented interactions
  • Ability to support and implement RHD and HEART Services values and beliefs.
  • Must possess a current valid State Driver’s License
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

Working conditions

This position might require the Life Skills Professional II to work on times and days that are not his/her typical work schedule. This position requires the Life Skills Professional II to take phone calls during times and days that he/she is not typically scheduled to work. This position will require the transportation of residents and professional interactions by phone, email and in person contact with various health and mental health providers and agencies.

Physical requirements

While performing the duties of this job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk,  lift, use hand to find, handle feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, listen, taste, and smell. The job also requires employees to lift and/or move objects up to 50lbs. The individual must be able to manager stairs on a frequent basis.

Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.