Requisition Number: PA053-BEHSP-H-11-2018-01
Job Title: Behavior Specialist
City: Bethlehem
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: C - 4 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 2
Salary Range: $50k-$55k

Behavior Specialist

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Description/Job Summary

Position Summary
Resources for Human Development is an innovative, values-driven human service organization that offers a unique, flexible, and exciting work environment. RHD's array of programs cover the spectrum of human services, providing employees with myriad professional opportunities. This unique corporate environment is committed to creating safe, supportive, and empowering environments that promote employee growth. RHD's Mainstay United is a community-based, residential program and is based in the Pennsylvania Intellectual and Developmental Disability (PA IDD) Division. 

The Mainstay United Behavior Specialist provides clinically oriented behavior support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and/or mental health diagnosis that have problematic sexual behaviors. Job duties include a functional assessment, the development of interpersonal, behavioral and system strategies based on clinical assessment to support and protect the resident, staff and the community. This systemic approach requires participation on a multidisciplinary team and the training of staff, families and caretakers. The Mainstay Behavior Specialist conducts their work with respect to the Mainstay mission and RHD values.
Essential Duties and Functions

  • Collect and evaluate resident’s medical, familial, psychological, interpersonal and behavioral data (historic and current)
  • Observe the resident in various settings for the purpose of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan. It is imperative that observations of the resident’s behavior and interactions with peers and direct care staff occur both in the home and the community.
  • Discuss with staff the potential behavior targets, and what strategies they have found to be effective/ineffective.  Staff from alternating shifts should be included to obtain a comprehensive view of the individual.
  • Conduct comprehensive functional assessments of presenting issues (e.g. aggression, self-injurious behavior, law-offending behavior (sexual or otherwise)
  • Collaborate with the resident, their family, and residential, operational and clinical staff for the purpose of developing a clinically oriented behavioral support plan. Behavioral Support plans must be based on a functional assessment and support the resident through the inclusion of positive, affirming practices and may not include restraint procedures as support strategies
  • Collaborate with therapist to prioritize and refine/alter the list of target behaviors and hypothesize underlying dynamics of each targeted behavior to ensure suggested interventions do not conflict/counteract the SO treatment plan
  • Conduct training related to implementation of behavioral support plans for the participant, family members, and staff
  • Implement activities and strategies identified in the behavioral support plan
  • Monitor implementation of the clinically oriented behavior support plan providing revisions and trainings as needed
  • Conduct ongoing assessments (annually at minimum) to assess attainment of outcomes; communicate results to team members and adjust the plan as indicated
  • Provide quarterly behavioral updates to be used for psychiatric medication reviews
  • Provide this information, including graphs, to the Program Specialist one week prior to the scheduled psychiatric appointment
  • Work closely with members of the administrative and clinical team members regarding the plan’s development and implementation. Provide support of the clinical philosophy, and maintenance of a safe and therapeutic environment for the resident, staff and overall community
  • Cooperate and communicate with inter-disciplinary team members to ensure all components of consumers’ program work in partnership
  • Provide authorized clinically oriented behavioral support service as outlined in individuals ISPs
  • Provide emergency consultation in crisis situations
  • Attend and actively participate in team, clinical and outside meetings as directed
  • Attend trainings as needed
  • Model team approach by remaining consistent with plan and intervention
  • Model and provide guidance to consumers with regards to independence and interpersonal skills
  • Maintain documentation for all services provided, ensuring services are tied to consumer outcomes. Submit Progress Notes within identified time frames
  • Track and report billable hours and ensure that hours do not extend beyond approved ISP units. Report billable hours within identified timeframe
  • Provide justification for number of units or an increase in units requested for behavior support in an individual’s ISP
  • Support the clinical design and therapeutic milieu of the program
  • Represent the Mainstay program in a professional manner and model leadership and boundaries with staff and consumers at all times
  • All other duties as requested
  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in written form
  • Ability to support and implement RHD and Mainstay values and beliefs
  • Ability to speak frankly, honestly, and appropriately about sex and sexual matters
  • Ability to engage clients and staff in effective, therapeutic and healthy interactions
  • Ability to think holistically and creatively
  • Strong organizational, clinical, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in human service/related field and at least 2 years of experience as a Behavior Specialist. Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or closely related Human Service field preferred. Prior experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a plus, as is coursework or experience working with people who are mentally ill or have a dual diagnosis
  • Prior work experience working directly with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors
  • Training in counseling such groups and behavior modification/ABA.
Reporting Relationships
  1. Assistant Director of Resource Coordination
  2. Unit Director
  3. Clinical Manager, PA IDD / DCIQ
Competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package offered.

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.