BEHAVIORIAL SPECIALIST - PARTIAL HOSPITAL PROGRAM
Company: Hospital for Special Care
Location: New Britain
Posted on: June 23, 2022
Sign on Bonus Eligible!
Baccalaureate in a Human Service field with Six months to one year
of direct child care work with children diagnosed with Autism
Associates Degree in a Human Service field with 5 years of
experience with children diagnosed with Autism Spectral
10 years of experience with children diagnosed with Autism Spectral
Preference for individuals with experience implementing Applied
Behavior Analysis procedures with children and/or adolescents
including data collection, reinforcement and instructional
Under the oversight of the Clinical Nurse Manager and daily
monitoring by the Certified Behavioral Analyst, is responsible for
the implementation of the therapeutic treatment plan assuring the
safety of assigned patient. As a member of the interdisciplinary
treatment team, is responsible for collecting data for the purpose
of functional assessment and provides input into the formulation of
a behavior intervention plan, observation and data collection on
patient responses, and documentation of this program under the
direction of a registered nurse and BCBA. Provides care to assigned
patient under the direction of the RN.
Employees in this position must be able to participate in the
physical management of patients which can include, but is not
limited to, awareness and demonstration of safe body positioning at
all times, awareness and coordination to block and deflect possible
aggression, and the ability to physically hold struggling patients,
using approved methods only, to maintain safety for extended
periods of time. Specifically, such employees must be able to lift
up to fifty pounds; reach with their hands and arms; grasp and hold
with their hands; bend/squat/kneel without limitation, and
physically escort patients who may become combative for short
distances. Position requires occasional running for short
distances, and frequent standing, walking and sitting.
Employees in this position work in a behavioral management setting
under stressful conditions associated with care of impaired,
aggressive and sometimes self-injurious individuals. Employees are
expected to utilize de-escalation techniques taught by the Hospital
to minimize need for physical intervention. They must have the
ability to remain calm during a crisis situation as evidenced by
the ability to make quick rational decisions and prioritize
immediate patient care needs to maintain a therapeutic environment
and ensure safety.
Participates in maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment.
Participates in the development and operationalization of
intervention plans targeting behaviors for increase and decrease
per the milieu care plan for assigned patients according to
established department and unit based procedure/policy.
Maintains and documents level of patient observation as ordered by
the physician/Board Certified Behavioral Analyst/Charge RN each
Supervises assigned patients in daily routines and actively assists
with activities of daily living and basic hygiene needs per their
Identifies, reports, and resolves potential/actual problems on the
Demonstrates appropriate critical incident follow-up skills by
timely verbal reporting to charge RN and documentation in medical
record. Completes other documentation, ie. incident reports,
seclusion and restraint forms, as applicable. Participates in
Intervenes in disruptive milieu or destructive to self/other
patient situations providing timely therapeutic interventions and
safety to assign patients in distress.
Works to support initial rapport building with patient and family
on admission. Assists with the separation process and performs
other duties necessary to provide a smooth transition to the
Completes initial behavior assessment within an 8 hour period.
Collaborates with RN and BCBA to develop initial problem list,
initial management plan and design behavior assessment protocols
within 8 hours of admission.
Reviews milieu care plan and problem list on a daily basis and
suggests revisions based on observations. Communicates individual
patient milieu care plans in an ongoing manner to other unit staff
including liaison with other interdisciplinary treatment
Actively participates in diagnostic conferences, treatment team
rounds and hand-off shift report, as assigned.
Assists and teaches patients in activities of daily living and
personal hygiene based upon patient's abilities.
Co-leads program specific groups such as activity or recreation as
Demonstrates ability to set consistent and supportive therapeutic
limits within guidelines of hospital, unit and department
Follows behavioral programs specific to the needs of the patient in
collaboration with the primary nurse and BCBA
Organizes unit activities
Coordinates, supervises and actively participates in children's
activities such as physical & social development activities.
Arranges for transportation of materials if required.
Participates in teaching visits/family and parent training as
Consistently models to patient/families appropriate and therapeutic
interpersonal staff/patient interactions.
Handles crisis situations in a safe, effective manner, utilizing
the least restrictive, safe patient care alternative
Performs other related duties as required, assigned or directed by
Demonstrated ability to anticipate, address and de-escalate patient
distress situations prior to patients' loss of control as
designated in their treatment plans.
Orients new patients/families to the program (physical unit, meals,
schedule of activities, etc.) in an organized thorough fashion
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