JOB SUMMARY: Community Connections is an intensive five-week treatment program that provides children ages 5-16, who have social interaction difficulties related to Asperger’s syndrome and high functioning autism (AS/HFA), with intensive training, experience, and practice in social and emotional skills. Children participate daily in multiple small group-based social skills training sessions, followed by age-appropriate recreational activities that are designed to practice targeted social competencies. Participants will also participate in a School-Based Enhancement Program that will target common areas of difficulty for students with AS/HFA. Weekly parent-sessions provide caregivers with strategies to promote their child’s social interactions and extend the gains of the program to other settings. This program is an extension of the evidence-based Connections program that has been documented to be effective in multiple peer-reviewed clinical studies.
Each Clinical Counselor will be assigned to a group that consists of seven children and two additional clinical counselors and will be responsible for leading social skills instruction groups and co-running cooperative activities that follow each of the social skills groups. The Clinical Counselors will also be responsible for learning and implementing, with fidelity, intensive group and individualized behavioral programs, along with keeping detailed records of children’s progress in the program.
Prior to the start of the Community Connections Program, all Clinical Counselors will be required to read a manual and have a working understanding of specific program rules, as well as the operational definitions and point values of the behavioral categories used in the behavioral modification program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: A Clinical Counselor must be able to consistently and successfully perform all essential functions of the position.
1. Lead social skills groups and therapeutic activities with fidelity for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders
2. Collect data on the progress of children/adolescents in the program
3. Implement with fidelity a group-wide behavioral intervention program
4. Assist with the development and implementation of individual behavioral programs
5. Participate in weekly group supervision sessions with supervisors
6. Complete pre- and post- program evaluation paperwork on students within their group
7. Complete other research and program evaluation related tasks as requested by supervisor
The program runs from MONDAY JUNE 17 through FRIDAY JULY 26 from 8AM-5PM each day. Training dates are MONDAY JUNE 17 through FRIDAY JUNE 21 from 8AM-4:30PM, during which time staff will learn the goals and procedures of the program.
Northtowsn and Southtowns locations available. Further information regarding the program along with an informational video can be viewed at: http://www.summited.org/communityconnections
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE –Bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences (e.g., education, psychology) or be working towards Bachelor’s degree with at least 6 months of related experience. Must demonstrate knowledge of autism spectrum disorders, competencies in working with children/adolescents and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Must be an excellent communicator and able to develop and maintain positive relationships with colleagues, clients and their families.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.
• sit, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl
• have full usage of sensory abilities (vision, hearing, speech, and tactile senses)
• perform bodily movements without restriction, with full use of all limbs
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Due to the behavioral disorders of some of the children we serve, persons may be at risk of intentional or unintentional acts of aggression (e.g., hitting, kicking, and biting). The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.