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BEHAVIOR COUNSELING SPECIALIST

Class Title: BEHAVIOR COUNSELING SPECIALIST
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 078825

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, behavior analysis, social work, special education or related field.
Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: None.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview: Summary: Under immediate supervision, performs work of average difficulty in assessing clients with behavior or mental health concerns and developing, implementing, and evaluating treatment approaches for these clients.

Distinguishing Features: An incumbent in this class assesses clients with behavioral or mental health concerns and develops, implements, and evaluates treatment approaches for these clients. Incumbents in this class receive immediate supervision and guidance from licensed clinical staff.
Work Activities: 1. Completes mental health and behavioral intake evaluations for individuals admitted to the facility.
2. Completes functional assessment interviews with peers to identify factors that contribute to challenging behaviors.
3. Gathers information for and drafts mental health and behavioral discharge summaries for individuals for review by clinical staff.
4. Analyzes medical, behavioral and mental health data to detect changes in needs, behavior and abilities for review by clinical staff.
5. Prepares reports of behavioral and mental health topics related to a person’s transition into the community.
6. Trains outside agency staff on behavioral and mental health topics related to a person’s transition into the community.
7. Trains staff on proper implementation of behavior support plans and mental health and behavioral topics assigned by the supervisor.
8. Creates graphs of mental health and behavioral data as part of regular progress reviews.
9. Participates in treatment planning meetings and contributes to interdisciplinary treatment plans.
10. Co-leads therapeutic family sessions with clinical staff to improve family functioning.
11. Conducts individual and group psychotherapy sessions with individuals in conjunction with clinical staff.
12. Conducts implementation fidelity checks for clinical plans and provides appropriate feedback to staff on proper implementation of the plan.
13. Attends clinical consultation meetings and contributes to interdisciplinary treatment plans.
14. Participates in individual supervision sessions to receive guidance from senior clinical staff and improve therapeutic skills.
15. Functions as a direct support professional, providing assistance with activities of daily living.

Competencies (KSA’s): Competencies:
1. Problem Solving
2. Functional/Technical Competency
3. Time Management
4. Conflict Management
5. Written Communication
6. Compassion
7. Creativity
8. Decision quality
9. Ethics and values
10. Dealing with paradox

Knowledge:
1. Basic knowledge of appropriate therapeutic interventions for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2. Basic knowledge of human behavior and performance for the purpose of assessment and treatment of behavior and affective disorders.

Skills:
1. Basic skill of understanding the implications of new information to make appropriate treatment recommendations.
2. Basic active listening skills for the purpose of developing strategies to resolve problems.
3. Basic skill of using logic and reasoning to identify the effectiveness of treatment interventions.
4. Basic skill of using training/ instructional methods and procedures to encourage fidelity in implementation of treatment plans.
5. Basic skill of communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for assessments and treatment plans.
6. Basic skill in analysis of family and social systems to aid in the development of therapeutic interventions.

Abilities:
1. Deductive reasoning
2. Stamina
3. Oral expression
4. Originality
5. Written expression
6. Written comprehension
7. Oral comprehension
Tools and Equipment Used: 1. Personal Computer
2. Telephone
3. Printer

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