I am an experienced Behavior Specialist with more than 30 years experience with the Brain Injured, Behaviorally Challenged, and Developmentally Disabled populations.
Strong Leadership Skills
Knowledgeable in Treatment Modalities
High Professional Standards
Strong Client Advocate
Skilled in Behavior Modification
Dedicated Team Player
Independent Living Skills TrainerFeb 2002 to Feb 2014
25 hours per week - Duties: Worked one to one with one client in his private home teaching him life skills and encouraging his participation in his treatment and life.
Completed monthly progress reports and attended his team meetings reporting on his progress and needs as well as proposed interventions for other members.
Responsible for taking him into the community and offered him opportunity for annual vacations, social activities, and development of a peer group.
Accompanied him to AA and NA meetings.
Offered training and assistance to his other care providers.
Behavior Specialist and Team LeaderFeb 1993 to Jul 2016 Hospital For Special Care
Program SupervisorFeb 1990 to Feb 1993 Community Associates
Manage a 60 person Adult day Treatment Facility for individuals with Developmental Disabilities;
Hire and manage staff;
Complete employee annual evaluations;
Submit weekly earnings reports; or each of 6 work enclaves;
Develop work enclaves;
Complete and submit weekly payroll;.
Program Manager Program/Program ManagerJan 1989 to Jan 1990
Area CoordinatorJan 1988 to Jan 1989
Jan 1986 to Jan 1990 Sunrise Community
Program ManagerJan 1986 to Jan 1988
Behavior Specialist Team Leader
Responsible for developing behavior plan and staff training of the plans
Completed monthly reports, revised plans based on patient needs and progress, group and individual treatments, program development, adhere to hospital mission standards and policy, execute and participate in emergency behavioral responses, accompany patients in the community, work with family/conservators.
As a Team Leader- trained staff for Brain Injury unit, trained house wide in 2 classes in behavior management - Crisis Prevention Intervention 22 years (CPI), Physical/Psychological Management Training -16 years (PMT) and most recently also was Safety Care Instructor 1 year.
Oversee Behavior Specialist in development of behavior plans and patient intervention strategies; chair monthly team meetings; participate on various committees(included being cultural diversity trainer; maintain standards for JCAHO and CARF certification; assist to create additional Acquired Brain Injury units to increase from 10 beds to 34 beds (HSC currently has 25 beds); program development to include development of groups and program structure; train unit staff; develop orientation materials for new and current employees; assist in employee annual evaluation; individual and group treatments; carry specific patient case load as needed; work closely with Psychologists, Physician, Nursing, and therapy staff; advocate for patients and include them in their treatment planning.
Due to the sometimes dangerous or threatening behaviors of some patients, I also demonstrated proficiency in leading the Dr. Strong intervention team (emergency response team at HSC) in the utilization of physical management strategies.
Participate on the admissions committee, interview perspective patients, participate in the discharge process including training of community providers.
Develop annual training calendar for physical management training, developed orientation packet for Neurobehavioral staff; provided 10-20 inservices related to brain injury and behavioral modification.
Many other duties assumed or assigned.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science, Psychology1980Florida A and M University － Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Many other job related committees, conferences, CPR and First Aid. Presented at Brain Injury conference - topic Sexuality, Recipient of CPI award. Presented as a representative of Hospital for Special Care at several community service providers.