Thursday, October 1, 2015

Behavioral Support Specialist (CCS)

Behavioral Support Specialist
Date Open: 10/1/2015
Date Closed: Until Filled
Family Preservation Bremerton and Tacoma
Reports to:
Clinical Supervisor

Starting Salary/Hourly Rate:

Program Description:
The Family Preservation System provides an integrated and flexible array of strengths-based therapeutic services and supports to families and children with complex therapeutic needs. Family Preservation Services are delivered primarily in the client’s home or community and are designed to reinforce the strengths of the family to prevent the out-of-home placement of a child or prepare for the return home of a child from out-of-home care. Services focus on empowering the family to effectively use their strengths and abilities to address their needs and challenges with the primary goals of supporting them to become self-sufficient and to strengthen their relationships with community and natural supports that can sustain their long term success.

Position Description:
The Behavioral Support Specialist provides one-on-one support to high-risk children and youth in their homes and community.  This includes the provision of supervision for safety, assistance in accessing and participating in community activities, and mentoring and coaching positive social skills.  The BSS’ work will follow a plan of care for each child and family under the direction of a Clinician.  Hours are scheduled in a flexible manner based on program, agency and family need, with no minimum hours guaranteed.

Essential Functions:
·         Receive assignment and solicit feedback from referring co-worker about planned activities.
·         Introduce themselves and the activity plans for the day to the family.
·         Participate in individual service and support plan development upon request.
·         Adapt and modify activity to fit the immediate situation and/or family feedback.
·         Provide structure and support within the agreed upon activity.
·         Model and teach appropriate behavior and skills.
·         Provide direct supervision and redirection of children.
·         Connect and introduce youth/family to community resources in their own community.
·         Identify and access positive relationship for the child and family.
·         Identify situations that require other CCS supports to assure prompt, effective and appropriate response.
·         De-escalate and manage situations until other responders can arrive.
·         Seek assistance and report incidents to the right people at the right time.
·         Focus on successes experienced during activity or time with family just completed.
·         Communicate and summarize to the family and referring co-workers about completed activities and observations.

Job Requirements:
·         Age 21 or older per DSHS requirements.
·         High school diploma/GED.
·         Washington State Counselor Registration or ability to become registered.
·         Applicant must successfully pass required background clearances prior to an offer of employment.
·         Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto registration and automobile insurance.
·         Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).
·         Availability to work flexible hours (evenings, nights, weekends).
·         Proof of negative TB test within past 12 months.
·         Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
·         Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
·         Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or related field.
  • One year experience in a non-profit or a social service agency working with youth and families who need assistance. 
  • Knowledge of sexually/physically aggressive youth and their needs.
  • Knowledge of family systems and child development.
Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer Please let us know if you need special accommodations to apply or interview for this position.

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