Position Summary: The Crisis Behavioral Specialist (CBS) is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the clients and providing leadership and assistance to staff and clients in resolving crisis situations. The Crisis Behavioral Specialist is also responsible for assisting the Residential Counselors in providing daily supervision of the clients. CBS’s wrap around the child at intake, assisting the child with transitions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides child care and supervision for the clients.
• Maintain continuous communication with CPSU staff to ensure that safe and effective supervision of clients occurs at all times.
• Wrap around the child upon arrival, assisting the child with transitions.
• Check in with the children frequently to prevent crisis situations. After an incident has occurred, follow-up and process with the child to prevent further crisis situations and complete any necessary documentation.
• Remain with staff and clients during a crisis situation until resident returns to their baseline behavior pattern, and properly document the incident.
• Assist clients in de-escalating after a crisis situation and by processing the incident to help them return to their baseline behavior pattern.
• Provide leadership and assistance to staff and clients in resolving crisis situations.
• Analyze crisis situations to determine the cause of the problem and possible ways to prevent the situation in the future. Discuss situation analysis with staff and supervisors as needed.
• Develop and implement an Action Plan for children displaying high risk behaviors
• Model, Coach and Provide reinforcement to CPSU CDS Team.
• Provide a cohesive team environment to role model a solution focused approach when addressing concerns
• Responsible for identifying and creating a favorable group climate in which a youth’s safety and a strength based approach are of primary concerns.
• Set clear boundaries, supporting, encouraging, and giving verbal praise and acknowledgment to youth for positive actions and decisions to help build self-esteem, age appropriate
interpersonal skills, positive thinking, problem solving, proper language, coping skills, respect for others and self and brainstorming alternative, appropriate behaviors, etc...
• Intervene in crisis situations as learned in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) to ensure the safety of youth and staff.
• Develop short term-behavior based contracts with youth who are struggling with placement decisions or lack of placement options/availability
• Must be familiar with, and have the ability to carry out, all emergency/disaster plans.
• Attend team meetings to facilitate the development of placement plans, as needed, for each child, providing documentation as necessary.
• Ensure accurate recording of worked hours and notify a supervisor of any discrepancies in a timely manner and in accordance with agency guidelines.
• Responsible for being an informed and supportive team member
• Responsible for critical observations and objective recording of youth’s behavior for team use.
• Complete written documentation per program requirements, and in compliance with agency policy
• Accountable for reporting building and equipment damage and/or unsafe conditions and initiate action to correct any unsafe conditions
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• BA/BS Degree, or Child Development Teaching Permit
• or 12 semester units of Early Childhood Education (ECE) units, Adolescent Development units, Foster and Kinship Care Education and at least 100 hours of experience working with youth
• or valid certificate as an Alcohol Counselor, Drug Counselor or Alcohol and Drug Counselor and at least 100 hours experience working with youth
• or valid Vocational Training certificate, credential or documentation demonstrating experience as a trade journeyperson who instructs children in vocational skills and at least 100 hours experience working with youth
• or previously employed as a staff or volunteer at a group home or short-term therapeutic center for at least one year.
Licenses, Certifications, Registrations:
• Must have Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification and Mastered TCI – LSI 1 Status.
• Must possess a valid California Driver’s License. Must be able to meet the Agency’s rules and be eligible to drive for business. The Agency’s insurance carrier reserves the right to exclude applicants based on their driving record.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.
• Must pass First Aid certification course before start of employment. Certification can be completed through the Children’s Receiving Home.
• Must pass CPR within the first six weeks of employment
• MustpassBloodborne Pathogens and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certification courses offered through the Children’s Receiving Home within the first three months of employment.
• Must maintain TCI, CPR, First Aid and BBP Certification throughout employment.
• Must complete online Mandated Reporter Training within first week of employment.