To assist individuals in gaining access to community services, developing social skills and networks and creating a path to a more self-directed life. Behavioral Support Professionalmay provide support to individuals in a residence, a recreational settings or in the community at large. The support may include personal hygiene, light housekeeping, shopping, meal preparation, medical appointments, medication administration, transportation or social and recreational assistance. For individuals with significant behavioral challenges, theBehavioral Support Professional assists in the provision of 24/7 support to clients served by the Behavioral Support Services department in a behavioral respite residence.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Community Living Skills & Supports
- Assists individual(s) to meet his or her physical (e.g., health, grooming, toileting, eating) and personal management needs (e.g., human development, human sexuality), by teaching skills, providing supports, and building on individual strengths and capabilities.
- Assists individual(s) with household management (e.g., meal prep, laundry, cleaning, decorating) and with transportation needs to maximize his or her skills, abilities and independence (or performs the same if the individual(s) cannot do so.
- Assists with and/or dispenses medication (as certified), or other prescribed medical treatments, as necessary.
- Supports individual(s) in the development of friendships and other relationships.
Community and Service Networking
- Provides opportunities for involvement in community and leisure activities.
- Assists in the identification of needs for the individual(s) for community supports, working with the individual(s) informal support system and /or initiating community connections.
- Assists individual(s) to plan, make informed choices, follow through on responsibilities and speak on his/her/their on behalf.
- Uses effective, sensitive communication skills to build rapport and channels of communication by recognizing and adapting to the range of individual(s) communication styles.
- Learns and uses terminology appropriately, explaining as necessary to ensure individual(s) understanding.
- Write daily notes in the log during shifts, complete data tracking, sleep charts and other mandated documentation.
Facilitation of Services
- Maintains collaborative professional relationships with individual(s) and all support team members (including family/friends), follows ethical standards of practice (e.g., confidentiality, informed consent, etc.), and recognizes his or her own personal limitations.
- Assists and/or facilitates the implementation of an individualized plan to achieve specific outcomes derived from individual(s) preferences, needs and interests.
- Facilitates, assists, and/or represents individual(s) when there are barriers to his or her service needs.
- Interacts with and educates community members and organizations (e.g., employer, landlord, civic organization) when relevant to individual's needs or services.
- Identifies crisis situations, evaluates or defuses the situation, and contacts necessary supports.
- After being BPS trained, apply non-aversive behavior management techniques to include physical restraints and/or carries.
- Continues to monitor crisis situations, discusses the incident with authorized staff and individual(s), adjusts supports and the environment, and complies with regulations for reporting.
- Implements behavior plan(s) as necessary and as indicated in the plan.
- Maintains accurate records and submits records to appropriate sources in a timely fashion.
- Maintains standards of confidentiality and ethical practice.
- Complies with all agency guidelines, procedures and practices.
- Incorporates sensitivity to cultural, religious, racial, disability and gender issues into daily practices and interactions.
Education, Training & Self-Development
- Attends, completes and passes all required training, initially and ongoing.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Accomplishes all tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.
- Demonstrates appropriate role model behavior at all times.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
· Demonstrated ability to read and write clearly and concisely.
· Possession of a high school diploma or GED
· Must have at least two years of experience directly implementing formal behavior plans with individuals who present challenging behaviors and behavioral crisis.
JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Must be dependable, responsible, consistent and punctual.
- Must be flexible and take direction.
- Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a team and independently.
- Must pass criminal background check mandated by the State of Maryland.
- Possesses a valid driving license with good driving record and access to a safe vehicle for transporting people receiving services.
- Ability and desire to create long-term, trusting and respectful relationships.
|Job Field||Developmental Disabilities Services|
|Type of Position||Part Time|
|Education Required||High School|
|Years of Experience Required||2|
- So. Maryland
- All Counties
Member Since: May 8, 2015
Prince Frederick, Maryland
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