Direct Care Staff - Pool Behavioral Instructor
Methodist Family Health - Little Rock, AR

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Position Overview

Under the supervision and direction of the Nurse Supervisor, a Behavioral Instructor will provide the day-to-day care and guidance of assigned patients utilizing knowledge of age-specific guidelines. In addition, under the direction and supervision of the physician-lead multi-disciplinary treatment team, the behavioral instructor will aid in the development and implementation of a behavioral plan of care for patients.

Responsibilities

Provides or coordinates academic assistance to patients and works closely with the Education Instructor(s)/Teacher(s). On weekends, this may consist of developing and monitoring activities and homework assignments and ensuring that certain times are designated on the weekend schedule for these activities.

May assist with patient intake and intake documentation

Provides crisis intervention as needed

Assists in developing and implementing a structured activity schedule for day-to-day activities

Remains informed about local, state, and federal standards and regulations pertaining to the provision of services to patients and their families

Assists staff and/or patients with appropriate discharge criteria/plans

Maintains all required documentation concerning patient and program areas (e.g., Critical Incident Reports; Observation Forms)

Follows all policy and procedure guidelines specifically, and remains informed about any additions or changes

Works closely with the patients’ parents, teachers, social workers and significant others to ensure the definition and implementation of a proper and effective program, and to assist each patient in achieving his/her maximum potential

Assists in preparation and helps maintain compliance with Department of Health, Medicaid and JCAHO standards

Takes advantage of professional growth opportunities and in-service training

Attends regular staff meetings and/or acknowledges reading provided materials
Physically capable of restraining patients if necessary (must be trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and follow policy guidelines concerning seclusion/restraint)

Cooperates with scheduling criteria, is punctual and dependable, and provides phone numbers which allow him/her to be contacted for work when emergency situations and/or vacations, etc require regular staff to be off duty

Seeks out, responds positively to, and implements suggestions and feedback from supervisors

Ensures that the patient area is kept clean and in compliance with licensing and health standards

Physically capable and willing to teach and assist patients in maintenance activities, which may include but are not limited to: yard work, interior cleaning, vehicle cleaning and maintenance, laundry, cooking, menu-planning, shopping

Teaches patients a curriculum of skills in social, self-help independent living, maintenance, and academic areas and provides moral, spiritual, and physical training and guidance to the patients

Implements an individualized behavioral plan of care for each patient as designated in his/her treatment plan (i.e., utilizes Teaching-Family model to teach to target skills)

Maintains competency in the Teaching-Family model and follows program guidelines as trained

Provides and maintains program records (e.g., Point Cards; Tally-Up Sheets)

Seeks out, responds positively to, and implements suggestions and feedback from Program Consultants

Assists in behavioral assessment and treatment planning, including all required documentation and paperwork

Abides by departmental attendance policy

The individual employed in this position may accept other reasonable assignments, which may be necessary, for efficient operation of assigned programs as there is time and opportunity

Performs related duties as requested by the direct supervisor or other applicable personnel

Qualifications

At least twenty-one (21) years of age

College graduate preferred. A minimum of 60 college hours required

Ability to document accurately and professionally

Possesses the ability to understand and implement extensive training and to apply that training to the implementation of a comprehensive program of care for patients

Ability to perform physical demands required by Crisis Prevention Intervention

Experience working with “at-risk” youth or other populations with special needs preferred

Ability as a self-motivator and the aptitude to work in a high stress fast paced position with a minimal amount of supervision

Possess or able to obtain a valid Arkansas Driver’s License

Must be insurable to drive MFH vehicles

Must be physically capable to receive verbal and written directions

Must be physically able to sit and/or stand for long periods of time

Must be physically able to lift 50 pounds and hold for one minute.

Must become certified in the Teaching Family Model

Remains current in Crisis Prevention Intervention Training, CPR & First Aid

Must be willing and able to work with all patients of Methodist Family Health, regardless of gender

All applicants must be able to pass a drug screen and criminal/child maltreatment background checks


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