2019.05.15 Behavavioural Specialist - EIJB0274 | Enable Ireland

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Enable Ireland is a leading national voluntary organisation which provides essential services for 7,500 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

We require dedicated employees, with a flexible and adaptable approach, to help support our work with children and adults with disabilities in Ireland.  

 

2019.05.15 Behavavioural Specialist - EIJB0274

Location: Kerry
Contract Type: Permanent part time

JOB OPPORTUNITY

We have an exciting opportunity for a Basic Grade Behaviour Specialist based at our Enable Ireland Children’s Services, Orchard Way, Oakview Village, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
The Role:  The purpose of the role is to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team to provide Behaviour Specialist Services to meet the assessed needs of children, young people and their families.

Overview of Duties
Under and the direction of the Network Manager and guidance and supervision of Senior Psychologists, the Behaviour Specialist will: -
• Work as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide an integrated and co-ordinated service to children, young people and their families.
• Provide assessments relating to the adaptive functioning, intellectual functioning and emotional wellbeing of the children and young people attending the service.
• Develop therapeutic interventions drawing upon concepts and techniques within various therapeutic frameworks in collaboration with the psychologists.
• Engaging in functional assessments of behaviour and collaborate in the development of behaviour management plans.
• Co-facilitate strengths-based skills groups aimed at enhancing resiliency skills and adaptive behaviours.
• Work with children, young people and their families to implement the therapeutic interventions designed in collaboration with the psychologists.
• Engage in psycho educational group interventions for parents of children with complex needs.
• Maintain concise and timely clinical notes, progress reports and assessment reports.
• Manage confidential data and client information.
• Attend and participate in regular team and other meetings, both internal and external.
• Engage effectively with outside agencies and advocate for the children and young people attending the service.
• Undertake any other duties that may arise, from time to time, that are within the level and responsibility appropriate to the Behaviour Specialist competency and training.
• Undertake any reasonable travelling requirements, in order to fulfill the tasks and responsibilities of the role.
• Participating in regular support and supervision.
• Participate in the continuous development of professional knowledge and expertise by attending and participating in learning and development events, meetings and conferences (as requested/approved by supervisor/line manager) to ensure up to date knowledge relevant to the role.
• Develop competencies working within a scientist-practitioner model of clinical practice.
• Ensure that Health & Safety policy and procedures are adhered to at all times.
• Take personal responsibility for own health and safety and report incidents and potential hazards as necessary.
• Respect the confidentiality of all matters learned in relation to the post, service users, other members of staff and the general public.
• Timely updating of statistical records, including the use of Goldmine software.

Quality Assurance:
• Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of relevant quality assurance initiatives.
• The post holder will be expected at all times to be familiar and comply with the written policies, procedures and guidelines for good practiced issued by Enable Ireland, the HSE and the Psychological Society of Ireland.
• Ensure that professional practice is in line with Enable Ireland’s Duty of Care.
• Ensure timely and accurate record keeping in line with the requirements of Enable Ireland, The Freedom of Information Act (1997 and 2003) and The Data Protection Act (1988, 2003, and 2018).

 

 
Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc*

(a)  Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:
(i)  Applicants must have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQ1 level 8 equivalent) obtained with 1st or 2nd class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject AND a recognised professional post-graduate qualification in clinical, counselling or educational psychology or an equivalent qualification validated by the Department of Health.
And
(ii)  Applicants with a clinical or counselling psychology qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings, for the areas for which they wish to apply - Disability (Child and Adult), Child Psychology, Adult Psychology - either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist.
Or
(iii)  Applicants with an educational psychology qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings for the areas for which they wish to apply - Child Disability, Child Psychology - either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist.
And

Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and ability), for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
The above eligibility criteria apply without prejudice to applicants employed in a post of Psychologist or above in the Irish public health service at October 2002.
Note: Combinations of supervised clinical placement experience as part of the qualification and post qualification supervised work experience within a single care group area to give a total of 60 days are not acceptable
 

   
Essential Criteria:

Qualification and Experience

• Must have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQ1 Level 8 equivalent) obtained with a 1st or 2nd class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.
• Be a Registered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, P.S.I.
• Experience of working with children and young people from 0 – 18 years with complex needs (physical disability, autism, learning disability etc) and their families.
• Experience of management of challenging behaviours.
• Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability for the discharge of the duties of the post

Organisational and Professional Knowledge:

• Broad knowledge of Behaviour management theory, assessment and intervention.
• Knowledge of the Progressing Disabilities Model of Service.
• Skills and ability to utilise psychological theory and practice with children and young people with complex needs
• Demonstrate a family centred approach in the delivery of services
• Understanding of the social model of disability
• Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development

CORE COMPETENCIES

The post holder will demonstrate an ability to:

Planning and organising of activities and resources

• Conduct assessments for children/young people, using a range of test materials.
• Conduct screening questionnaires for referrals to CAMHS services.
• Manage a caseload under supervision.

Integrity & Decision making

• Make decisions in an ethical manner, consistent with P.S.I. guidelines
• Recognise when further intervention/referral is required
• Experience in including families in decisions, in a family centred service approach
• Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and be accountable for their practise.
• Demonstrate skills in planning interventions for children, young people and their families.

Professional development and standards in services

• Maintains accurate written and database records and reports in accordance with Enable Ireland & professional guidelines
• Meet PSI guidelines for CPD
• Deliver a quality evidence based service

Team Working

• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Understands complexity of team working

Building and Maintaining Working Relationships

• Develops good interpersonal relationships with service users and their family

Proactive approach adaptability/flexibility

• To use a proactive approach to overall performance.

Desirable Criteria:
Qualifications and Experience
• Experience of inter and trans-disciplinary team working
• Experience of working in a disability service.
• Experience of working with children with a range of disabilities
• A post-graduate qualification in applied Behaviour Analysis.

Professional & Organisational Knowledge
• Knowledge of Assessment of Need process

Core Competencies
• Assessing children/young people using a range of test materials suitable to children and disabilities
• Be competent in observational techniques of children/young people in a variety settings

Integrity & Decision Making
• Presentation skills for training of parents, carers, teachers etc.

Team working
• Experience of working within an inter-disciplinary team.

Proactive approach adaptability/flexibility
• Willingness to embrace service development and change

We would love to hear from you if you have a passion for working with our organisation and have the relevant experience/skills required for the role.

Please download a copy of the Job Description, Person Specification and Employment Application form and forward completed application form to: Maria Leyden, Children’s Services Manager, Orchard Way, Oakview Village, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Informal Enquiries to: Lorraine Hopkins 066 712 8220

Closing date for receipt of application form is Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 4pm
Interviews will take place on 10th June 2019

(Applications must be made on the Enable Ireland Application Form only.  CV’s will not be accepted)

Enable Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

• The post will be subject to reference checks and Garda vetting/police clearance, as relevant
• Due to the large volume of applications, we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.
• Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants from all sections of the community.
• The above information serves only as a guide to the advertised position. Enable Ireland, at its discretion, reserves the right to change this prior to appointment

 

Related Resources

2019.05.15 Behavioural Specialist Person Specification - EIJB0274

2019.05.17 Behavioural Specialist Job Description - EIJB0274

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