Behavioral Education Development Specialist 40 hrs.\wk.
Bradley Hospital - East Providence, RI

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: The Behavioral Education Development Specialist reports to the psychologist Director of Behavioral Education. Under general supervision, participates in the needs assessments, development and delivery of competency based education, continuing education and training programs to enhance knowledge and skill of staff across clinical disciples throughout Bradley Hospital.

Principal Duties:

Participates with the Director Behavioral Education in the development of new or revised curricula and associated training materials to support basic, continuing education and advanced training programs for direct care staff throughout Bradley Hospital . Duties include:
  • Conducts assessments to evaluate the need for specific training or educational interventions.

  • Evaluates, recommends and coordinates the implementation of innovative care delivery practices, techniques and methods.

  • Plans, implements, presents and evaluates formal educational experiences within the Hospital and in the community.

  • Collaborates with Clinical Managers to develop, implement and evaluate orientation, continuing education and preceptor programs.

  • Supports the development, implementation and evaluation of patient/family specific patient-care practices.

  • Participates in the selection, training and evaluation of instructors.

  • Participates in the development of measures of direct care competencies.

  • Develops, reviews and validates practice regulatory standards, policies and procedures.

  • Participates in research studies.


Master’s degree in counseling, education, psychology or a related field is strongly preferred.

Bachelor’s degree in human service area is required.

License or certification in human service area preferred.

Safety Care Trainer or Specialist certification a plus.


Three to five years experience working with children in a behavioral setting.

Supervisory experience in a behavioral healthcare setting a plus.

Experience in implementing and conducting training programs in a large institutional/corporate setting.


Employees in this position work in a psychiatric setting under stressful conditions associated with care of psychiatrically impaired, aggressive, and sometimes, self-injurious individuals. Employees are expected to utilize de-escalation techniques taught by Bradley Hospital to minimize need for physical intervention. They must have the ability to remain calm during a crisis situation as evidenced by the ability to make quick rational decisions and prioritize immediate patient care needs to maintain a therapeutic environment and ensure safety.

Employees in this position must also be able to participate in the physical management of patients which can include, but is not limited to, awareness and demonstration of safe body positioning at all times, awareness and coordination to block and deflect possible aggression, and the ability to physically hold struggling patients, using approved methods only, to maintain safety for extended periods of time. Specifically, such employees must be able to: lift up to fifty pounds; reach with their hands and arms; grasp and hold with their hands; bend/squat/kneel without limitation, and physically escort patients who may become combative for short distances. Position requires occasional running for short distances, and frequent standing, walking, and sitting.

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