Behavioral Health Technician

Posted: 
2018-09-26
Job Type: 
Full Time
Employment length: 
Permanent
Language requirements: 
English
Education requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree
Job industry: 
Education
Job Location: 
Outside Canada

The Center provides a full range of educational, residential and treatment programs designed to help children reach their full potential. The goal of maximizing independence serves as the foundation of all Center programs. Each program has been developed to address varying skills and multiple levels of functioning.

 

 

The Center serves students between the ages of 3 and 22 diagnosed with autism, learning disabilities, language delays, intellectual disability, behavior disorders, and related disabilities. The Center’s programs and services are designed to accommodate a broad range of functional levels and varying degrees of disability.

 

 

Overall Responsibility

 

Under the supervision of the team coordinators and Program Specialist, the Behavioral Health Technician is responsible for the direct care, ABA therapy of students in the residence and during overnight hours.  This includes knowledge and implementation of students’ clinical, educational, vocational, and daily living skills objectives. This position is an entry-level position designed for individuals interested in a career in human service, special education, and/or applied behavior analysis.  Some Behavioral Health Technicians may be assigned as a Floater in order to cover vacations among two or three residential teams    

 

 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Educational/Clinical

    • Thorough knowledge and competent implementation of all student programs and behavior management guidelines implemented in residence and in the community

    • Ensure all students’ safety and implement all safety procedures

    • Record and compile all necessary behavioral and educational research data accurately and in a timely fashion

    • Demonstrate principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    • Completion of all assigned role responsibilities

    • Thorough knowledge of student programs and guidelines designed for implementation during late evening and overnight hours

    • Coverage of the “floor” while overnight counselor is on break.

       

       

  • Training and Professional Development

    • Successful completion of NECC trainings associated with initial employment and ongoing refreshers

    • Successful completion of Medication Administration training and refreshers and accurate delivery of medications following NECC protocol

    • Successful completion of Driver Training and refreshers and demonstrate NECC drivers safety skills while transporting students

    • Successful completion of CALM Verbal and CALM Physical and ongoing refresher trainings

    • Establish CPR and First Aid certification and ensure recertification when necessary

 

  • Schedule and Overnights

    • The schedule includes a 3-5 day, 40-hour workweek. 

    • Remain at the house during the overnight hours, may sleep during designated “sleep hours”. The total number of these hours varies depending on the schedule selected and the needs of the individual team. 

    • Floaters are assigned to more than one residential team in order to cover Behavioral Health Technician vacations and vacancies.  Scheduled hours will vary according to team assigned for particular week.

    • Assists the overnight counselor when necessary. (including during “sleep time”)

 

  • Team

    • Active and regular participation at all team meetings.

    • Punctual and competent completion of all team assignments.

    • Completion of a series of Management by Objective (MBO) plans to direct job activities and the successful accomplishment of all stated MBO goals.

    • Successful use of the NECC team communication system, both as sender and receiver of information (both email and team book communication).

    • Assist with residential duties/chores including laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking, etc. in conjunction with students’ ADLs and to ensure general maintenance of residential homes.

    • Create and complete iEmployee timesheets on a bi-weekly basis and submit to supervisor for approval.

 

 

Physical:

 

The physical requirements here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of all direct care teaching and overnight positions. 

 

  • Protective holds, movements and carries    
  • Blocking and redirecting student movements against the student’s weight (40-250 pounds)   
  • Physical interventions in response to aggressive and self-injurious behavior   
  • Ability to move quickly and confidently to intervene in situations when protective holds and/or movements are deemed necessary    
  • Ability to pursue a bolting student    
  • Successful completion of CALM training (non-violent self-defense)    
    • Including but not limited to: pivoting, knee squats, shuffling front and backwards, carrying people, assisting a person to the floor, stabilizing people in  standing, seated, prone and supine positions.

 

 

General

 

All teaching positions at NECC include but are not limited to:

 

  • Driving between the community and residence, and to other school-related trips and appointments
  • The operation of household appliances and school equipment
  • Implementation of all safety and emergency procedures.

 

 

Qualifications

 

  • Candidates who have completed an associate’s degree given preference.
  • Minimum of high school degree and one year related experience in a care giving or educational environment; hospital, school, day care, special education or autism. 
  • Strong interest in working with special needs populations, particularly autism.
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team style environment.

  • Applicants must have positive academic and employment references

  • Applicants must be bright, energetic individuals with a strong desire to work with children or young adults and with experience in or an interest in being trained in the principles of applied behavior analysis.
  • Applicants must be seeking a full-time position with the flexibility to work evenings, overnights and weekends.
  • Applicants must be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for a challenging career experience.

 

The safety of the students, staff and visitors are among The Center’s most important priorities. The active participation in The New England Center’s Safety Program is a condition of employment.