Behavioral Health Technician

The New England Center for Children - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)3.7


The Center provides a full range of educational,
residential and treatment programs designed to help children reach their full
potential. The goal of maximizing independence serves as the foundation of all
Center programs. Each program has been developed to address varying skills and
multiple levels of functioning.

The Center serves
students between the ages of 3 and 22 diagnosed with autism, learning
disabilities, language delays, intellectual disability, behavior disorders, and
related disabilities. The Center’s programs and services are designed to
accommodate a broad range of functional levels and varying degrees of disability.

Overall Responsibility

Under
the supervision of the team coordinators and Program Specialist, the Behavioral
Health Technician is responsible for the direct care, ABA therapy of students
in the residence and during overnight hours.
This includes knowledge and implementation of students’ clinical,
educational, vocational, and daily living skills objectives. This position is
an entry-level position designed for individuals interested in a career in
human service, special education, and/or applied behavior analysis. Some Behavioral Health Technicians may be
assigned as a Floater in order to cover vacations among two or three
residential teams

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Educational/Clinical

Thorough knowledge and competent implementation of all student programs
and behavior management guidelines implemented in residence and in the
community

Ensure all students’ safety and implement all safety procedures

Record and compile all necessary behavioral and educational research
data accurately and in a timely fashion

Demonstrate
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Completion of all
assigned role responsibilities

Thorough
knowledge of student programs and guidelines designed for implementation during
late evening and overnight hours

Coverage of the “floor” while overnight counselor is on break.

Training and Professional
Development

Successful completion of NECC trainings associated with initial
employment and ongoing refreshers

Successful completion of Medication Administration training and
refreshers and accurate delivery of medications following NECC protocol

Successful completion of Driver Training and refreshers and demonstrate
NECC drivers safety skills while transporting students

Successful completion of CALM Verbal and CALM Physical and ongoing
refresher trainings

Establish CPR and First Aid certification and ensure recertification
when necessary

Schedule and Overnights

The schedule includes a 3-5 day, 40-hour workweek.

Remain at the house during the overnight hours, may sleep during
designated “sleep hours”. The total number of these hours varies depending on
the schedule selected and the needs of the individual team.

Floaters are assigned to more than one residential team in order to
cover Behavioral Health Technician vacations and vacancies. Scheduled hours will vary according to team
assigned for particular week.

Assists the overnight counselor when necessary. (including during
“sleep time”)

Team

Active and regular participation at all team meetings.

Punctual and competent completion of all team assignments.

Completion of a
series of Management by Objective (MBO) plans to direct job activities and the
successful accomplishment of all stated MBO goals.

Successful use of
the NECC team communication system, both as sender and receiver of information
(both email and team book communication).

Assist with
residential duties/chores including laundry, cleaning, dishes, cooking, etc. in
conjunction with students’ ADLs and to ensure general maintenance of
residential homes.

Create and
complete iEmployee timesheets on a bi-weekly basis and submit to supervisor for
approval.

Physical:
The physical requirements
here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of all direct care teaching and
overnight positions.

Protective holds, movements and carries

Blocking and redirecting student movements
against the student’s weight (40-250 pounds)

Physical interventions in response to aggressive
and self-injurious behavior

Ability to move quickly and confidently to
intervene in situations when protective holds and/or movements are deemed
necessary

Ability to pursue a bolting student

Successful completion of CALM training
(non-violent self-defense)

Including but not limited to: pivoting, knee
squats, shuffling front and backwards, carrying people, assisting a
person to the floor, stabilizing people in standing, seated, prone and supine positions.

General

All teaching positions at

NECC include but are not limited to:
Driving between the community and residence, and
to other school-related trips and appointments

The operation of household appliances and school
equipment

Implementation of all safety and emergency
procedures.

Qualifications

Candidates who have completed an associate’s
degree given preference.

Minimum of high school degree and one year
related experience in a care giving or educational environment; hospital,
school, day care, special education or autism.

Strong interest in working with special needs
populations, particularly autism.

Valid driver’s license and own vehicle.

Ability to
communicate and work in a team style environment.

Applicants must have positive academic and employment references

Applicants must be bright, energetic individuals with a strong
desire to work with children or young adults and with experience in or an
interest in being trained in the principles of applied behavior analysis.

Applicants must be seeking a full-time position with the
flexibility to work evenings, overnights and weekends.

Applicants must be physically, mentally and emotionally prepared
for a challenging career experience.

The safety of the students,
staff and visitors are among The Center’s most important priorities. The active
participation in The New England Center’s Safety Program is a condition of
employment.