Behavioral Consultant/Trainer

The Behavioral Consultant / Trainer is responsible for providing training, i.e. (Mandt, Advanced Mandt, Paraclete, and other specialized behavioral training) to staff, residents, and other professionals  in an agency serving persons with developmental disabilities.

In addition they are responsible, when assigned by the Program Director, to investigate, evaluate, and process Community Event Forms (involving behavioral concerns) with staff, residents, and provider teams.  The primary goal of the consultation is to gain understanding into the antecedents leading up to the event, details concerning the event, and consequences of the event  in order to develop strategies that may be employed to prevent future behavioral events from occurring.

The Behavioral Consultant / Trainer is charged with evaluating and planning trainings to support staff in serving persons with developmental disabilities in accordance with Arc of the Ozarks established long and short term goals. Additionally, the Behavioral Consultant / Trainer assures that the program and service components of the Arc of the Ozarks operations comply with CARF Accreditation standards.

Work responsibilities include responsibility for behavioral training and consultation, ongoing oversight of behavioral trends and patterns, and active establishment and maintenance of relationships with local professional and community supports.   Additional duties include assisting and support of Program Supervisor in supervising assigned staff in implementing active treatment programs, reporting and recording observations, circulating and implementing directives, and maintaining necessary records and reports.

General supervision is received from the Director of Renovations or other designated supervisor; however, the employee is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative within the limits of established guidelines and procedures.

 

Examples Of Work Performed:

The Behavioral Consultant / Trainer position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class:     

Participate in the development of continuing education programs for employees including the development, implementation, and coordination of staff development and orientation programs within The Arc of the Ozarks, utilizing available resources.

Observe staff performance and monitor program implementation; examine program records and review complaints from program participants, parents, and/or guardians as well as staff.

Keep informed of resources available within the community and from outside agencies and make these resources available when appropriate.

Maintain instructor certification in assigned areas, Make presentations to various community groups regarding the services provided by the organization and link persons served with the community resources of their choosing as measured by monthly report.

Respond immediately (as requested) when a crisis situation occurs and promptly notify supervisor of actions.

Maintain effective working relationship with participants, subordinates, supervisors, and staff.

Attend and participate in weekly staff and management team meetings when scheduled.

Facilitate good communication with service coordinators, parents and guardians of all persons served and keep treatment team informed of progress of persons.

Keeps the Director Renovations informed through periodic reports concerning various phases of program responsibility.

Participate in an on-call rotation for Renovations as requested as measured by documentation report.

Participate in committees of the organization when assigned

Responsibility for behavioral training and consultation, ongoing oversight of behavioral trends and patterns.      

Responsible when assigned by the Program Director, to investigate, evaluate, and process Community Event Forms (involving behavioral concerns) with staff, residents, and provider teams.  The primary goal of the consultation is to gain understanding into the antecedents leading up to the event, details concerning the event, and consequences of the event  in order to develop strategies that may be employed to prevent future behavioral events from occurring.

Strives to insure improved program quality by developing and instituting a quality assurance program and monitoring annually.

Encourages and fosters improved public understanding of the problems confronting persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities through participation in participation in community organizations, professional conferences and similar activities, as well as speaking to interested parent, civic, and other organizations.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The Behavioral Consultant / Trainer position entails the following:

Ability to exercise good judgement and discretion.

Ability to work with and respect persons with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

Ability to work varied and flexible hours, and accept and adapt to changes in assignments, methods, and policies.

Considerable knowledge of modern behavior modification principles and practices and cognitive behavior management techniques as they apply to habilitation programming for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals.

Considerable knowledge of the behavioral sciences and allied disciplines involved in the evaluation, care, and habilitation of individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

Considerable knowledge of the principles of supervision and training as applied to habilitation programming.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals served, subordinates, and other facility staff.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:   Five Years of professional experience in working with persons with developmental disabilities. (Ability to be CIST qualified)  -OR- One year of professional experience in working with persons with developmental disabilities; and graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree with major specialization (24 semester hours) in elementary or secondary education, special education, early childhood education, psychology, social work, sociology, counseling, recreation (including specialty areas such as art, dance, music, or physical education), speech language pathology or audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, or other specialties in the field of human services.  (Under Federal standards a bachelor's degree with appropriate course work at the undergraduate or the graduate level is required with no substitution allowed, except that experience as a registered nurse may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.  Graduate work in the above areas may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years of general experience.)

Applicants must be eligible for designation as a Degreed Professional Manager under Federal standards for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

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