Behavior Therapist
Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics - Jacksonville, FL

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BEHAVIOR THERAPIST

BRIEF JOB SUMMARY:
In accordance with the needs of the ages of the population served by Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics, the Behavior Therapist will organize and maintain data collection and statistical analysis systems for programs; assist with behavioral assessments and program implementation; assist with clinical activities and staff/parent training; assume Senior Behavior Therapist duties in the temporary absence of such staff.

Critical features of this position are described under the headings below, but are subject to change at the discretion of KBP and its management. This job description reflects the designation of essential job functions but does not provide an all-inclusive list of duties that may be assigned.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
1. Collect and record data based on observable client behavior.
2. Assist Lead Therapists in maintaining up-to-date graphs, summarizing and calculating data.
3. Write progress notes, program updates, create session materials and stimuli, maintain program books.
4. Actively participate in the implementation of baseline, treatment, parent training and generalization sessions.
5. Assist Lead Therapists in the preparation and clean-up of session-related activities (preparing client, room, computers, recording equipment, etc.).
6. Assist with case-related duties such as protocol dissemination, protocol reviews, and staff/parent training.
7. Utilize safe and appropriate handling, management and guidance procedures when transporting or working with clients.
8. Provide direct client care following the prescribed behavioral protocols/programs.
9. Assume Lead Therapist responsibilities in the temporary absence of the Lead Therapist.
10. Shadow/cotreat a minimum of 5 direct contact hours per week.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
1. Must be able to assume a variety of postures (kneeling, squatting, crouching, sitting, standing) in the course of working with children with developmental disabilities and severe behavior problems.
2. Must be able to lift and carry clients in braces and other adaptive equipment.
3. Must be able to restrain/hold/transport clients in the course of behavioral management.
4. Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication
5. Must have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
6. Must be able to sit at a computer terminal for extended periods of time.
7. Must be able to travel to and from different locations and sites in the greater Jacksonville area.
8. Must have manual dexterity sufficient to perform various keyboard functions.
9. Must be physically present at the assigned job site.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:
1. SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director, Clinical Director, School Director, Assistant School Director, Senior Behavior Supervisor, Clinical Specialist I, Clinical Specialist II, Senior Behavior Therapist
2. PERSONNEL SUPERVISED: None

QUALIFICATIONS:
Entry Level

  • Skills targeted for training: data collection, data entry, graphing, updating binders and data sheets, writing progress notes, discrete trial training, natural environment teaching, request training, implementing behavior plans, general responding to problem behaviors, delivering effective instructions, schedules of reinforcement, PECS, activity schedules, implementing general time out protocol, introduction to the functions of behavior, introduction to error correction procedures and errorless learning, least to most restrictive prompting hierarchy, introduction to talking to parents, intro to ethics, ABA core principles, technical writing, PCIT/TCIT, Autism Spectrum Disorders criteria and diagnostics, and EIBI.
  • Individual must demonstrate competency across all age groups due to the diversity of the children and families served by KBP
  • Clinical care focus is on the neonate, pediatric, and adolescent populations, as well as some adults with disabilities.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education or allied discipline is required. Two or more years of college level course work and one previous year of experience implementing behavioral protocols may be considered in place of a Bachelor’s degree.

EXPERIENCE:
Experience providing behavioral services to children with developmental disabilities is preferred.

RELATED TRAINING:

  • Maintain up-to-date training/certification status in CPR, Professional Crisis Management and other company-provided in-service topics.
  • Must have and maintain a basic knowledge of computer systems and applicable software.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Must be able to accept constructive feedback.
  • Must be able to organize and manage time and manage multiple tasks.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with other employees, clients, and their families as well as the general public, across all age groups, including but not limited to neonate, pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations.
  • Ability to demonstrate professional behavior by adhering to organizational policies and procedures, and assuming authority appropriately.
  • Must maintain adequate personal grooming consistent with professional appearance.
  • Must pursue education or training necessary to perform at the level of competence required to incorporate the hardware, software, technologies, and ideas relevant to specific job responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of normal/abnormal growth and development throughout the age continuum.
  • Ability to provide, assess, interpret, and communicate age-specific data (in response to treatment protocols).

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