Apr 27, 2017
Description: We are currently seeking two individuals or a team to fill a full time respite position at a children's residential home in Brunswick. The respite schedule is Friday through Monday with a rotating schedule of three weekends on and one weekend off. This averages 40 hours a week over the four week period. The respite team works together to implement treatment plans on behalf of residents in the home. The position is designed to maximize consistency of approach and to promote the greatest degree of developmentally appropriate independent functioning so that, in most cases, each resident may return to his/her family setting as quickly as possible. This will often include the development and use of coping strategies needed to manage emotional dysregulation as well as the use of crisis management strategies. Respite staff work closely with families and with other treatment team members in pursuit of these competencies. Day to day household management is incorporated into the expectations of this position, including but not limited to remaining within a household budget, designing and participating in recreational activities, the establishment of a nutritious menu, food preparation, and minor household maintenance, housekeeping, and assurance of residential safety. Duties: Develop relationships with clients who have emotional and behavioral disorders. Maintain safe and therapeutic environment and routines. Plan and lead group and individual activities aimed at helping clients achieve skills, creating opportunities for clients to succeed. Perform behavior management, therapeutic duties and crisis intervention, including restraints. Participate in reflective practice and supervision. Contribute to the management of the residence. Qualifications: High school diploma or G.E.D. Prior experience and training in positions similar to that of the Residential Youth and Family Specialist or with children and their families faced with emotional and behavioral challenges. Residential Youth and Family Specialists must complete OQMHP licensure requirements within the first few months of employment, and must maintain it throughout his or her employment at Spurwink in this role. It is required that she / he will participate in designated in-service training programs and ongoing training is required. Basic computer skills are required. Spurwink is an Equal Opportunity Employer.