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Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center Richmond, IN
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.

Job Summary:

Provides one-on-one structured and concentrated therapeutic services for adolescent females between the ages of 12 and 18 who may pose a danger to themselves or others, to address severe and complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges, or display severe psychosocial dysfunction. Serves as the primary treatment agent. Maintains compliance with COA standards and state, federal, agency and all other applicable rules and regulations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides constant supervision of assigned residents utilizing a child-to-staff ratio of 1:1 at all times.
  • Provides specific unit/treatment orientation to resident and family.
  • Uses observation and descriptive skills to ascertain what behaviors to observe, and how to describe them in order to identify and teach new pro-social skills relevant to the resident.
  • Builds therapeutic goal oriented relationships with each resident.
  • Utilizes evidence based practices of TF-CBT, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing within the trauma-informed treatment milieu.
  • Models as well as teaches social skills, coping and self-control strategies.
  • Provides rationales to teach residents the connection between their actions, positive or negative, and the consequences or outcomes associated with each.
  • Proactively coaches residents to learn pro-social skills, coping, and self-control strategies for situations that have resulted in problems stemming from the past trauma.
  • Utilizes shaping and fading techniques to positively reinforce approximations (or small steps) the resident is making towards learning the new pro-social skill, coping, or self-control strategy.
  • Utilizes role playing techniques or real life experiences/outing in different settings and situations, to reinforce skills taught.
  • Assists residents with activities of daily living (ADLs) and adherence to programming schedules, including but not limited to education, recreation, and groups.
  • Ensures that residents comply with agency/program rules and regulations.
  • Reinforces the goals and objectives of individual treatment plans.
  • Monitors behaviors and responds to irregularities or problems, considering past trauma and triggers, including but not limited to: tone of voice, physical boundaries and touch.
  • Uses behavior management techniques as prescribed by Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, to de-escalate, redirect, and, when posing a threat to themselves or others, initiate and/or participate in physical restraints.
  • Escorts residents to all designated activities, which includes, but is not limited to, recreation events, meals and various other activities.
  • Participates in the treatment planning and review process.
  • Employs trauma-informed and sensitivity practices.
  • Completes required documentation.
  • Maintains defined boundaries with residents.
  • Performs housekeeping in residential areas, including laundry, vacuuming and various other activities, as needed.
  • Maintains a safe, healthy, structured environment for residents.
  • Participates in programming unit meetings.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with external customers, families, employees and residents.
  • Obtains, at a minimum, 40 hours of orientation training prior to independent assignment.
  • Obtains 29 hours of training CEU’s during the first (1st) year of employment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Over the age of 21
  • Must have at least one year of residential experience

Language Skills:

Possesses ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to verbally communicate with residents and co-workers.

Reasoning Ability:

Possesses ability to apply reasonable understanding to carry out instructions provided in verbal, written or diagram format; ability to exercise good judgment; ability to identify and respond to problems and crisis situations in the time frame and manner demanded by their severity.

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements of this position include the ability to regularly reach with hands and arms, talk, hear, stand, walk, run, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, push, turn, and pull. The ability to regularly lift 50 to 100 pounds while moving and/or climbing. This position regularly exposes employees to physical activities with the adolescent females that could result in physically escorting and/or restraining, physically intervening and/or removing them to a secure setting. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Mental Requirements:

The mental requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Mental requirements include, but are not limited to, the ability to concentrate, take initiative, cope with stress, adapt to and stay alert in a busy work environment. Other requirements include the ability to maintain personal and emotional boundaries with residents and the ability to accept and manage change and ambiguity in a variety of situations.

Work Environment:

The work environment described here is representative of that which an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may frequently drive an automobile, taking children to appointments, recreational activities, and various other appointments. Employees may be exposed to outside weather conditions, blood borne pathogens, and a constant or intermittent high noise level that could cause distraction or hearing loss. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center

Why Work Here?

140 year old non-profit faith and hope based residential treatment for children and their families

Wernle is a non-profit residential treatment – behavioral health care agency committed to providing quality services to children and their families through caring programs and healing relationships, which are reflective of God’s love in Jesus Christ.


Richmond, IN