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Behavior Specialist

Integrated Community Alternatives Network (ICAN), a Community-based Wraparound provider of Social and Mental Health services with an emphasis on treating the client in a family context, is currently seeking innovative and experienced applicants to fill a Behavior Specialist position to serve those within the community.

The Behavior Specialist assists teachers, parents, clinical coordinators, and administrators in working with the youth and helps the child manage severe emotional and behavioral problems to reach their educational and therapeutic goals and improve their social interactions within a school community and home setting. Organize and implement academic and experiential activities and provide therapeutic support for the youth. Promotes the philosophy and mission of the agency by performing the following duties:


Duties & Responsibilities

Assist in the development of the treatment plan and the identification and implementation of behavioral rules and consequences. Monitors analyze and collaborate with teachers, therapists, other mental health staff, parents, and youth in developing, implementing, and monitoring individual child academic and behavioral progress and goals. Monitors youth behavior in the classroom, community, and home settings based on information gathered and observed for each assigned youth. Participates in program development, case management, and supervision. Assists in setting limits with compassion. Directs the child to use positive behaviors for success in the various settings the youth belongs to. Utilizes appropriate interventions designed to help youths practice coping skills, achieve academic success, and eventually apply for transition back to “home” school. Designs, conduct and/or assists in group activities, including recording progress notes for each group, and supervises lunchroom and recess when assigned. Assists teachers in classroom management, including helping Clinicians by sharing information, meeting with administrators to determine youth's individual educational and therapeutic goals, and supporting building social interactions within a school and the local community. Adheres to best practices in professional ethics and boundaries. Evaluates crises and escalated behaviors and provide appropriate interventions and support. Obtains behavior modification by using specific behavior management techniques.


Associates Degree in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, or related field and four years relevant experience or Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Social Work, or related field required with at least two years relevant experience in traditional and non-traditional youth service setting required. Additional professional development in specialty areas is helpful. Ability to adjust to student, staff, and program needs. Experience working with students with severe emotional and behavioral problems is required.

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