$30.35-$41.18 Hourly / $2,124.26-$2,882.30 BiWeekly /
In the Department of Developmental Services, this class is accountable for developing, coordinating and evaluating specialized programs for persons with developmental disabilities.
Works under the general supervision of a Psychologist, Institution Director of Education and Training or other employee of higher grade in the performance of routine tasks; receives closer supervision when performing more advanced tasks.
May lead direct care staff involved in the implementation of behavior modification programs.
Assesses individual mental status through observation and consultations with other professionals; collects baseline data on behavior of individuals to determine frequency of appropriate and inappropriate behaviors; meets with psychologists, other staff members and supervisors to formulate and coordinate plans of treatment; designs individual behavior modification programs; utilizes behavior modification techniques such as behavioral observation, recording and contingency specification; measures individual behavior and progress through operationally defined observational recording systems and use of measurement apparatus; coordinates behavioral procedures such as reinforcements, rewards and shaping; demonstrates behavior modification programs and methods to direct care staff; communicates individual needs and progress to staff, parents and other involved individuals in areas of design, implementation and supervision of home training programs; participates in interdisciplinary team meetings; may train staff in Prevention Safety Intervention techniques; performs related duties as required.
Knowledge of psychological learning theories of behavior; knowledge of modern principles and practices dealing with care, training, habilitation and rehabilitation of persons with developmental disabilities; knowledge of behavioral procedures such as reinforcements, rewards and shaping; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to design and monitor behavior modification programs and demonstrate these programs to staff and other individuals.
Six (6) years of professional experience providing special education, psychological or social work services to persons with developmental disabilities.
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in the utilization of behavior modification skills in the development, coordination and evaluation of behavior modification programs for persons with developmental disabilities.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain individuals; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive individuals; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Behavior Modification Program Specialist in Salary Group HC 22 approved effective September 5, 2014. (Revised to reflect Agency language change)