School Focused Behavior Specialist; Child and Adolescent Mobile Team
Parsons Child and Family Center - Albany, NY

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The Capital Region Child and Adolescent Mobile Team (CRCAMT) responds to a child or adolescent’s emotional/behavioral health crises at families’ homes, in schools and at emergency points of entry as requested by family members.

Staff provides consultation and information, crisis assessment, intervention, stabilization, and facilitation of alternate levels of care directly to the families during crisis episodes. Staff also provides after-crisis phone support to help the family gather knowledge and resources to prevent/deal with future crisis episodes.

The guiding principle of this initiative is that children and families must be assisted in the least intrusive, least traumatizing manner possible.

We are searching for a Behavior Specialist to support children and adolescents who experience crisises in school settings in Albany, Rensselaer & Schenectady Counties.

SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide rapid response (telephone triage or mobile visit) to schools with children, youth, and their families, who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral crisis.

Model the practice of family inclusion and strengths-based approaches.

Provide expertise and support to school administrators, clinicians, faculty and community providers in behavior management, including assessment and planning of behavior management strategies as well as consultation and training regarding certain types of childhood behavioral issues and crisis intervention strategies.

As needed, consult with OPWDD Medicaid Service Coordinators, School Personnel and BOCES staff to insure that the Individual Service Plans(ISP) and Individual Education Plans(IEP) developed include strategies to address repetitive identified behavioral crisis needs which negatively impact the child/youth’s ability to learn.

Provide expertise and support to school/BOCES staff, parents/caregivers in behavior management, including assessment and planning of behavior management strategies as well as consultation and training regarding certain types of childhood behavioral issues and intervention strategies.

Provide families with information regarding their rights and the availability of services.

Participate in the development of a process to obtain regular feedback from school/BOCES staff, family members relative to their service needs and those of their children as well as their satisfaction with services.

Participate in the process of identifying community resources for families and assisting with linkages.

Required Skills

Required Experience

Minimum of 3 years experience working with children and adolescents in a school or home setting.

Experience working with developmentally disabled, dually diagnosed children/adolescents or youth who are on the Autism Spectrum. Specifically, experience working with children and youth who experience school adjustment problems and/or behavioral episodes which impede their ability to engage in the learning process.

Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, an ability to work effectively with a wide variety of service recipients and professionals, a capacity to engage potential service recipients non-judgmentally irrespective of circumstances; possess a strong working knowledge of the community and its services.

State Central Registry clearance.

Valid NYS Driver’s license and be able to provide own transportation for mobile visits.

EDUCATION

Masters Degree in psychology, social work, rehabilitation, or related human services field from an accredited program

This position is clinical in nature but does not include the scope of practice required to work towards an LCSW or LMHC in New York State.

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