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Behavioral Health Counselor- Behavior Specialist

Description

The Behavioral Health Counselor- Behavioral Specialist will work alongside the RESPOND Mobile Treatment Team (MTT) is a multidisciplinary team that includes a Clinical Director (who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, or BCBA), Psychiatrist, a Psychiatric nurse, a Master’s level Behavior Analyst, a Master’s level Mental Health Professional, and two Master’s level Behavior Specialists. The RESPOND MTT provides mental health assessment and treatment, psychiatric services, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment, and the physical and behavioral health coordination of care for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism), comorbid mental health diagnoses, and severe challenging behaviors living in residential settings. As part of the RESPOND MTT, the Behavioral Health Counselor-Behavior Specialist will work under the supervision of the Clinical Director, completing functional behavior assessments, functional analyses, preference assessments, behavioral intervention plans, and providing consultation services and behavioral skills training and coaching to residential staff, family members and other caregivers involved with the youth served by the program.

The ideal candidate for this position will have prior experience working with children, autism, and/or intellectual disabilities. The schedule for this position will be a combination of daylight, evenings, and the occasional weekend depending on client need.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Responsible for paperwork and participates in interagency team meetings. Completes all necessary department documentation per established policies.
  • Facilitate the resolution of any problematic issue related to service delivery.
  • Participate in necessary trainings related to the provision of services.
  • Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and design a Positive Behavior Support Plan based upon the assessment, under the direction of the program manager or supervisor.
  • Assist with care coordination as needed to ensure the highest quality of care to clients and families. Facilitate referrals for other clinical services during treatment and at discharge.
  • Provide individual and family therapy in a community and/or inpatient/outpatient setting.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluations of behavior plans after implementation to assess if plans need to be updated.
  • Provide direct clinical supervision to assigned staff. Modes of supervision include: individual, group and onsite supervision. Treatment team meetings also will be conducted.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of behavior support techniques and skills to aid in the development of individualized behavior plans.
  • Ensure behavior plans are implemented with fidelity by staff to maximize effectiveness.
  • Provide direct care to assigned patients.
  • Actively participate, coordinate, and liaison with other services.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of structured clinical assessment tools including specific measures of psychiatric symptomatology, family functioning, and academic achievement with an ability to communicate results and recommended course of treatment to families and other professionals.
  • Develop expertise in child/adolescent/adult psychopathology, crisis intervention / de-escalation techniques, and behavioral therapy.

 

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Psychology; Child Development; Applied Behavior Analysis; Early Intervention; Education; Special Education; Instruction in Learning; Social Work or a related field.
  • One year of clinical experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of behavior principles, evaluation and assessment process, as well as application of current version of the DSM preferred


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Behavior Specialist Licensure and/or Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, National Certified Counselor, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner or other similar Behavioral Health license/certification preferred.
 

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct