PT Behavior Intervention SpecialistArea Residential Care, Dubuque, IA
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Who We Are
Area Residential Care is a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, created in 1968 by a group of parents and other interested parties. Its mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life. From its inception, Area Residential Care’s purpose has been to provide community-based services for persons with intellectual disabilities. The organization has grown over the past 40 years to serve an average of 250-275 people with disabilities annually; providing residential, vocational, and day services in Dubuque and Dyersville communities.
Through a variety of community-based residential and vocational programs, Area Residential Care helps people with disabilities become active, participating members of the community. Giving people with disabilities choices about where and how they live, work and socialize with their non-disabled peers is the essence of Area Residential Care’s purpose.
It is the vision of Area Residential Care that every individual has the opportunity to live, work, and participate in a supportive and accessible community.
It is the mission of Area Residential Care to empower people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their highest quality of life.
Area Residential Care is committed to the following values that support our vision and mission statement.
- Every person has rights and the responsibilities associated with them.
- Every person is to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Every person has unique needs and preferences that influence the choices he or she makes about his or her life and services.
- Every person is to be provided the opportunity to live, work and participate in recreational activities in the community as the natural environment.
- Every person is to be provided with encouragement, opportunity and supports to live life to the fullest.
- Every person is to be given the opportunity to provide direct feedback on his or her satisfaction with services, and given a prompt response to concerns.
Mission Statement: IT IS THE MISSION OF AREA RESIDENTIAL CARE TO EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES TO ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE.
- BA/BS in Applied Behavior Analysis/Psychology, Behavior Intervention, Special Education or a related field preferred. High School Diploma/GED required.
- 2-3 years experience developing behavior management programs
- 2-3 years experience in the field of development disabilities
- One year relevant work experience with interdisciplinary team process is preferred.
- Working knowledge of current DSM and psychotropic medications.
- Working knowledge of ICF/ID regulations is preferred.
- Must have exceptional organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills, and leadership skills.
- Must have basic computer knowledge and fluent in working with Word and Excel.
- High level of reading, writing, and math skills to develop, comprehend, and analyze individual program plans, monthlies, a variety of reports, etc.
- Must develop and maintain cooperative relationships with a variety of agency personnel, outside agency professionals, consumers, and parents/guardians.
- Must be a certified instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention or trained after six months of employment. Must be a certified medication aide or trained after six months of employment.
Essential Job Functions:
- Ability to observe others working
- Ability to read instructions and behavior plans
- Ability to write legibly
- Ability to be able to be mobile to move from location to location unsupported
- Ability to lift 20lb regularly, and 50 lbs on occasion.
- Must be able to physically prompt, escort, and physically restrain individuals served
- Actively participates in the team process for those people who have behavior goals involving physical restraint, mechanical restraint, calm area, medications used for behavioral change and any rights restrictions incorporated into their behavioral plan.
- Attends program planning meetings and is responsible for advising and collaborating with the team regarding strategies to reduce inappropriate behaviors and develop socially appropriate behavior.
- Researches and reviews new techniques and developments in behavior intervention and is responsible for developing training program for the agency.
- Develops behavior strategies as a result of team discussion, environmental factors, physical/psychological changes, least restrictive approaches related to the person’s behavioral history, and new techniques within the field of behavior intervention. Monitors staff implantation of plans.
- Revises the plans/steps/strategies based on the individual’s wants, needs, progress, or physical/psychological changes.
- Provides training to various levels of staff regarding the implementation of the plans/steps/strategies and works closely with direct contact staff to overcome obstacles to the person’s progress.
- Provide agency wide behavioral related trainings.(ie: CPI, Positive Behavior Support)
- Research and train emerging trends regarding consumer’s needs (ie: dementia, Alzheimer’s) and create training programs as needed.
- Reviews and follows up on incident reports and other behavioral data documentation.
- Communicates regularly with psychiatrist/psychologist/and other appropriate out of agency professionals regarding treatment progress. Assures quarterly review of behavior medications if psychiatrist orders medication decrease is contraindicated.
- Additional duties may be assigned.
- Reports directly to: ICF/ID Program Coordinator
- Works closely with QIDPs, the ICF/ID Vocational Supervisor, and other Supervisors to ensure continuity of programming
- In addition, the ICF/ID Behavior Intervention Specialist must cultivate cooperative relationships with consumers' family members, nursing, and other professional staff.
Hours/Days of Work and Working Conditions:
Part time: 20-25 hours per week.
Must be able to flex start time between 6am and 8am, and end 2:30pm-4:30pm
Typically requires 3, 8 hour days per week; actual days may vary depending on scheduled life plan meetings and other events
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Child Care/Day Care/Personal Care
Human and Social Services
Paid Sick Leave
|Years of Experience||2-5 Years|