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Behavioral Technician - Child & Adolescent Neurodevelopment

Company: Cambridge Health Alliance
Location: Somerville
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

CHA recently achieved a milestone with our psychiatry expansion, admitting the first patients to our new Neuropsychiatry inpatient unit. This innovative service is for children 3-17 with a primary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and/or a related neurodevelopmental disorder who are experiencing serious behavioral and/or mental health challenges. Once fully staffed, the unit will have 24 beds, with younger and older children segmented for optimal care.

Recognition of neurodevelopmental disorder diagnoses has increased in the past decade,and there are few facilities in MA able to provide the specialized care this population needs. Thus, our service will fill a vital gap in care - helping patients develop adaptive skills that will let them be successful in the community while providing support for families. It also minimizes the number of patients who would otherwise be admitted into the general psychiatric population.

Job Purpose
The Behavioral Technician is a member of the multidisciplinary team who works under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) and a board certified behavioral analyst (BCBA). The role of a Behavior Technician includes the following responsibilities:


Implementing patients' behavior support plans


Recording behavioral data and other required documentation


Responsible for providing services to one or more patients as assigned


Completing necessary documentation (e.g., patient's food/liquid intake)


Assisting patients in completing ADLs (e.g., hygiene tasks, feeding, toileting)


Participating in behavioral assessments under the guidance of a BCBA


Supporting individual patients during group activities as well as facilitating group activities


Performing safety checks


Participating in de-escalation and crisis intervention procedures



Qualifications/Experience:


High school diploma required; B.A, B.S., or M.A. preferred or equivalent years of human service experience.


Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification


Prior human services, behavioral or psychiatric experience required.


Experience working with individuals who have Autism and/or Intellectual Disability is strongly preferred.


RBT Certification (Registered Behavior Technician) preferred or attained within 4 months of employment; CHA will assist with training and expenses related to certification..The Registered Behavior Technician--(RBT--) is a paraprofessional certification in behavior analysis. RBTs assist in delivering behavior analysis services and practice under the direction and close supervision of an RBT Supervisor


All newly hired candidates must successfully complete a job specific physical agility test.



KEYWORDS: Mental Health Counselor / Resident Counselor / Mental Health Supervisor / Behavioral / Therapist / Therapy / Psychiatry / ABA / Autism PI187863074

Keywords: Cambridge Health Alliance, Somerville , Behavioral Technician - Child & Adolescent Neurodevelopment, Professions , Somerville, Massachusetts

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