Residential Behavior Support Specialist
Company: St. Joseph Orphanage
Posted on: November 24, 2020
General Description:Residential Behavior Support Specialists (BSS)
play a vital role in the success of each child. The Behavior
Support Specialist is responsible for the daily direct care and
supervision of children in our residential treatment facility. The
clients in our residential treatment facility are suffering from
childhood trauma with resulting behavioral health issues. Each
client's trauma history and response can present with behaviors
such as running away, self-injury, suicidal attempts, fighting,
biting and hurting others both physically and emotionally, and
using profanities. Behavior Support Specialists should respond
therapeutically to each of these situations and all situations
while working with clients in our care.Behavior Support Specialists
are required to be professional, flexible, compassionate, and
composed in moderate to high stress situations. The Residential
Behavior Support Specialist ensures children's basic life,
educational and emotional needs are provided. Behavior Support
Specialists strive to provide consistency, structure, and love for
the clients in our care.Essential Functions:Direct Care
- Provide direct care supervision and interactions of children
during all aspects of the daily routine. The daily routine
- Monitoring school programs and helping with school work as
- Participating and supporting Mental Health Day Treatment
Coordinators in daily therapeutic groups sessions.
- Providing meals as directed and creating a family atmosphere
for meal time
- Planning and implementing activities during free time (game
night, movie night, arts and crafts night, etc.)
- Enforcing and following the schedule and daily routine
- Requiring and assisting clients with hygiene routines
- Providing supervision for events off the unit
- Implement the program's daily schedule.
- Adhere to the structure, rules, and policies of the
- Assist youth with understanding rules, routines, and
expectations in all areas of programming.
- Holding youth accountable for adhering to and following rules
of the program for all clients.
- Provide active coaching for personal care needs including
health, hygiene, nutrition, and life skills.
- Participate in group and/or educational activities through
active supervision, engagement, and involving oneself in the
- Orient new youth to the program.
- Assist with program activities and special events, as
- Ensure program areas are clean and organized-Both shifts are
responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and organization of all
- Ensure program areas are safe, following program rules and
- Teach, demonstrate and model appropriate behavioral management,
problem solving, and coping techniques to youth.
- Advocate for youth, ensuring all basic needs are met, and
assist youth with communicating those needs appropriately.
- Provide transportation for youth as needed, ensuring compliance
with all safety/car seat laws and regulations.
- Dispense all medications as directed per prescription and
document per agency policy.
- Night shift: Must be awake at all times and conduct 15-minute
room checks.Trauma Informed
- Be alert and respond therapeutically to aggressive behavior
(Hitting, Biting, Kicking, Fighting) exhibited by residents using
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). (TCI will be included in
your first week of training.)
- Complete Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training and
attend all refreshers.
- Monitor and manage children in crisis situations by providing
for safety and emotional needs using TCI.
- Use de-escalation techniques daily (Taught in TCI and refresher
- Provide behavioral interventions within a safe, caring, and
- Utilize active listening with youth- paying attention to voice
tone, body language, and nonverbal cues.
- Utilize de-escalation techniques and utilize physical
interventions only when safety of self or others is compromised.
Techniques must be in accordance with SJO policy.
- Ensure interactions and activities are therapeutic and advance
the goals set forth in the treatment plan/IEP.
- Acknowledge trauma that youth and families have overcome.
Interact with youth and families in a trauma-responsive and
- Document incident reports (CIR) accurately and timely as
required by policy.
- Complete daily summaries of client's activities and actions
thoroughly and accurately.
- Complete documentation accurately and submit within required
- Document youth progress through daily use of behavior support
systems (logs, plans, etc.)Working with Others
- Cooperate with other staff members in achieving goals and
treatment philosophies of the Residential Program.
- Participate fully and positively as a member of the treatment
team while following directions of management staff.
- Maintain professionalism when acting as agency liaison during
interactions with residents' families, parents and caregivers.
- Utilize active listening with co-workers, paying attention to
voice tone, body language, and nonverbal cues.
- Communicate with co-workers about milieu/classroom issues
throughout the shift and at the end of shift/shift change.
- Contribute to transition planning and reintegration of youth
into a less restrictive setting.
- Maintain and model appropriate interpersonal relationships with
co-workers, particularly in the presence of youth and family.
- Ensure interactions are constructive and serve to advance the
quality of care, the mission of the agency, and the agency's
standing in the communityDaily Requirements
- Adhere to each youth's right to confidentiality.
- Deliver culturally competent services to youth
- Attend all team meetings, staff meetings, in-service training
and other meetings as assigned.
- Be prepared for and attend supervision
- Be an active member of this program this includes sharing
ideas, being open to new ideas, introducing and/or implement new
ideas for improving the quality of care.
- Ensure supervisory staff are notified of major and critical
incidents immediately. Complete incident and/or restraint
documentation prior to the end of the shift.
- Assist newly hired staff members in learning proper procedures,
routines and agency policies.
- Arrive on time for scheduled shifts.
- Stay in assigned work area. Request permission from supervisory
staff to leave assigned work area.
- Follow dress code for program.Additional
- Work mandatory overtime shifts, as assigned, to ensure adequate
- Assist with holiday coverage, as assigned.
- Provide coverage in other programs as directed by supervisor or
- Must be able to perform the essential functions of this
position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residential
Treatment, Unit Coordinator, and Unit Supervisor.
- Maintain therapeutic and healthy boundaries as defined by the
agency and program (Example: no horseplay).Agency
- Maintain compliance and adheres to all SJO policies and
practices, meeting critical expectations as defined.
- Attends and utilizes supervision, carrying out all
- Reviews problems and concerns with supervisor to ensure
effective and efficient completion of essential
- Participates in all initial and on-going trainings as required
by supervisor, SJO and regulatory policies.
- Completes required documentation and responds to request from
other departments accurately and by the required deadline.
- Check SJO email at least once per day during assigned shifts.
Staying up to date on emails is an expected job duty for all SJO
Specifications:Have a high school diploma or GED. Preference will
be given to those with a Bachelor's Degree.Be 21 years of age, have
a valid driver's license, and proof of current automobile
insurance.Good driving record with no more than 5 points and able
to pass background check. PI126246368
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