Behavioral Health Counselor

EBAC improves the well-being of children, youth and families by reducing the impact of trauma and social inequities and is committed to building a comprehensive, place-based continuum of accessible, trauma-informed and culturally relevant services that build resiliency, aid in recovery and, where possible, prevent exposure to adverse childhood experiences.

 

Our staff seeks to reduce barriers that contribute to disparities in wellness for socio-economically disadvantaged and racially marginalized families and to create communities where all children and families have supports to reach their full potential.

 

A. FUNCTION
The Behavioral Health Counselor II provides advanced individual and group interventions and supervision in classroom activities for severely, emotionally, disturbed children in elementary special day classrooms throughout Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Working together with OUSD teachers and Instructional Aides, the Behavioral Health Counselor II plays a critical role in providing daily, intensive, therapeutic and trauma-informed services to vulnerable children and coaching to the Behavioral Health Counselor I position in the milieu. The Behavioral Health Counselor II also serves as Safety Officer for the classroom, providing direct supervision of crisis interventions and may require CPI Training Certification.

 

B. QUALIFICATIONS and COMPETENCY FACTORS
  1. Master’s Degree field of psychology, counseling psychology, sociology, social work or BCBA preferred College degree (BA or BS) required in the field of psychology, counseling psychology, sociology, or social work, and a combination of 4 years’ experience in milieu positions such as residential milieu counselor, behavior and mental health rehab counselor, classroom intervention aides and/or other similar experience with emotionally disturbed or special education populations of children.
  2. Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team and provide leadership and coaching to new team members.
  3. Possess strong clinical and crisis intervention skills. Able to complete and implement individualized functional behavior assessments and positive behavior support plans.
  4. Medi-Cal EPSDT billing experience required.
  5. Energetic, positive, and playful highly desirable.
  6. Bilingual ability highly desirable
C. RESPONSIBILITIES
  1. Assist children in the management of disruptive, assaultive, and out of control behavior. Provide crisis intervention utilizing multiple therapeutic behavior interventions, including the use of physical restraint and holds.
  2. Serve in a leadership capacity in the classroom milieu; training and coaching new team members or on-call positions and coordinating individual Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavior Plans for all children in the classroom.
  3. Complete daily documentation on children including therapeutic notes, functional behavior and positive support plans and incident reports.
  4. Help children manage program transitions including to and from buses if applicable.
  5. Cooperate with teaching staff while supporting therapeutic supports in the classroom.
  6. Carry out specialized group and individual activities with children.
  7. Record progress notes and other charting requirements as necessary in a timely manner.
  8. Participate in staff meetings; trainings; treatment planning and clinical reviews.
  9. Consult with Program Director, Clinicians, and classroom staff on individual children’s progress.
  10. Participate in overall program development as member of treatment team.
  11. Maintain program supplies as appropriate for specialized projects such as therapeutic drumming, play therapy group sessions, field trips, Expressive Arts and Skills groups.
  12. Other duties as assigned.
D. WORKING CONDITIONS AND JOB SETTING
  1. Work is primarily in a classroom or office and an enclosed outdoor play yard setting with children.
  2. Work is directly with SED children who can at times become aggressive. Therefore, full mobility is required for standing walking, sitting, using hands, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling.
  3. Must be able to physically restrain a child with or without the assistance of a second adult.
  4. Must complete certification in non-violent crisis intervention as provided by Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.
  5. Noise levels may be high at times.
  6. Periodic lifting up to 25 pounds is required.
EBAC offers a uniquely generous time off package and an outstanding benefits package that includes health; chiropractic; dental; voluntary life insurance (for yourself and your family), AD&D and SDT; accident and critical illness coverage (for yourself and family); flexible spending for medical, child care and commuter benefits; 403b retirement program; legal insurance; and, agency paid life insurance and long term disability coverage.

 

East Bay Agency for Children is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to group10@ebac.org, or by fax to 510-268-0143. Please use the job title as the subject. No phone calls please.

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