Catholic Community Services Behavioral Support Specialist in Tacoma, Washington

Overview:

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 Therapist. Hours are scheduled in a flexible manner based on program, agency and family need, with no minimum hours guaranteed.

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Age 21 or older per DHS requirements.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Washington State Counselor Registration or the ability to become registered.

  • Proof of TB test within the last 12 months.

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.

  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.

  • Availability to work flexible hours (evenings, nights, weekends).

  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto registration, and auto insurance.

  • Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy (required to provide current driving abstract).

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication.

  • Ability to work both 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Note to Internal Candidates: HR reviews internal compensation and determines increase based on their experience and also agency internal equity factors.

Job ID 2017-2560

of Openings 1

Job Locations US-WA-Tacoma

Posted Date 8/9/2017

Category Family Preservation

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