Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS)
NYFAC’s Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS) is a unique opportunity to work in creative site-based and in-home model programs that foster independence for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Our BIS a voice in the organization in planning, implementing and training successful management of maladaptive behaviors to allow for the greatest independence possible for each individual.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties and responsibilities of the BIS include, but are not limited to the following:
- Regularly conduct observations of individuals behavior; consult with staff, individuals, family members, and treatment team members to build a flexible profile of each individual in our program.
- Meet with individuals as requested by either staff or individual, or as scheduled.
- Develop and implement Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) and intervention strategies for individuals in accordance with OPWDD regulations as well as NYFAC’s vision of positive behavioral support in order to foster maximal behavioral independence.
- Write and conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) based on the Antecedent Behavioral Consequence (ABC) sheets provided by Direct Support Professional (DSP) staff, as well as the changing needs of each individual.
- Develop new, or strengthen existing adaptive behaviors, and modify maladaptive behaviors to maximize intellectual, social and emotional development and functioning.
- Work and follow up with management team to follow plans as written
- Provide hands-on training and in-service to staff in planning, modeling and developing behavioral strategies.
- Observe and assist staff on a regular basis to implement BSPs while modeling NYFAC’s vision of teaching alternative appropriate behaviors in order to foster maximal behavioral independence.
- Create and implement individual behavior therapy goals/treatment plans that are realistic and achievable in accordance with the Person-Centered Planning (PCP) and/or Life Plan.
- Keep detailed notes from each session with every individual, DSP or other staff, or outside professionals to track quality of programming for individuals receiving services.
- Write detailed monthly, quarterly and annual progress reports to assist in forward planning, completed on a timely basis.
- Provide advocate information regarding behavioral interventions.
- Attend monthly staff meetings, Life-Plan meetings and PCP meetings.
- Provide feedback and input to management regarding staff performance.
- Work with individuals’ families/natural support systems and clinical support systems to ensure comprehensive plan for each individual.
- Perform other duties as requested/assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Flexibility to changing needs of individuals, staff and organization.
- Ability to establish and maintain good rapport with individuals, staff, families and other treatment team members.
- Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
- Exception ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Excellent interpersonal, listening, communication and motivational skills.
- Strong analytical skills, including problem-solving and follow up regarding behavior management and person-centered intervention.
- Ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and appropriate software and E-Mail system.
- Strong working knowledge of OPWDD regulations.
- Knowledge of the clinical best practices in behavioral services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Preferred master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Psychology, Social Work, or related field
- Minimum of two years’ experience providing behavioral services to individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as providing technical assistance and training to support staff. Must have experience writing FBAs and BSPs.