The Residential Treatment Specialist provides direct service to children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders in a residential setting. The position requires general supervision of residents, teaching appropriate daily living and social skills, implementation of the daily schedule, behavior management, crisis intervention, group work, implementation of recreational activities, report writing and records management, and overseeing all aspects of daily living for the residents. The RTS is expected to role model how to work cooperatively with their team. They are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional, ethical, and therapeutic manner at all times with residents, resident family members and co-workers.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Job Knowledge Demonstration
Supervises and monitors the whereabouts and activities of all assigned residents during the scheduled shift of a 24-hour day.
Maintains current knowledge through participation in mandatory training.
Understands the treatment goals of the program and the RTS role in residential treatment.
Uses knowledge of child development and childhood disorders, when intervening with residents.
Follows all ucan policies and procedures in the performance of duties.
Utilizes available programs, resources and materials to meet the needs of the residents.
Is knowledgeable of the UCAN Clinical Philosophy and the residential program clinical model.
Understands and appropriately utilizes the established ucan treatment interventions.
BSW or BA/BS in Human Service field
Non-degreed or non-Human Service degree and has at least 5 years of related experience (human services, child welfare or crisis intervention).
Has a working knowledge of computer use.
Has familiarity with the UCAN Clinical Philosophy.
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) certified or obtains within 30 days of employment.
Physical ability to use TCI restraint techniques as required.
First Aid/CPR certified or obtains within 30 days of employment.
Valid driver’s license with approval/authorization by DCFS to transport children.
At least 21 years of age.
Special Knowledge and Qualifications:
Meets the Medicaid criteria as a MHP.
Ability to effectively communicate with staff and clients.
Must be able to work as a team member.
Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other staff members.
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