SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to ensure the safety and well-being of each child/youth participating in the program through proper utilization of behavior management techniques, following all safety protocols and ensuring the facility meets all safety standards. The Children's Quarantine Center (CQC)Support Specialist is responsible for providing the direct day-to-day care to the youth while teaching them appropriate social skills and implementing the youths' care / behavior management plans. The CQC SS will have an understanding of human development and psychological theory which is affected by trauma. CQC Support Specialists are working with youth who have been either exposed or infected with the Corona Virus (COVID-19).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
Establish a therapeutic environment that emphasizes the physical and emotional safety of youth that reside in the program. Provide therapeutic and skill building interventions, as dictated by the youth’s care, supervision and/or behavior management plans, in individual and group settings.
Follow protocol as it relates to ensuring participant safety including the use of de-escalation techniques and adherence to the behavior management / clinical model.
Must maintain certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, unless otherwise specified by the program’s senior leadership.
The CQC Support Specialist must work collaboratively with the Manager on Duty who is providing the clinical and behavioral oversight of the shift. Directives given by the supervisor are to be carried out promptly and correctly.
Perform all duties associated with day-to-day safety, teachings, modeling and guidance of the youth, including implementation of each youth's care / behavior management plan.
Transport participants to school, appointments, recreational activities, other locations, etc. in agency van or personal vehicle as prescribed by the Manager on Duty. The staff must have DCFS driver’s clearance to transport any of the participants.
Ensure the facility is maintained according to all safety standards. This may include light household duty and/or maintenance (i.e. cleaning, food storage, changing light bulbs, etc.).
Participate in individual supervision on a regular basis.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Adhere to the posted schedule and remain flexible as it relates to schedule changes based on program need.
Willing to work outside the assigned shift (7am-3pm, 12pm-8pm, 3pm-11pm, 4pm-12am, 11pm-7am or 12am-8am) in the event of an emergency or shortage as assigned by Supervisor.
SAFETY AND INFECTION CONTROL
Be knowledgeable about and follow Aunt Martha's safety policies and procedures. In addition, staff must be able to demonstrate competency around the COVID-19 virus, the proper usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cross contamination risks.
SPECIFIC GROUP SERVED
The participant population cared for by the employee in this job includes the following:
DCFS Youth in Care which have either been exposed or infected with the Corona Virus (COVID-19). The youth may include, but not limited to, victims of abuse or neglect and human trafficking, youth exhibiting high levels of aggression, criminal involvement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, traumatization, low cognitive levels, etc.