Classroom Behaviour Specialist,

CASA Classrooms

Competition #22-121

About the Role

CASA provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents and their families in Alberta through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.

We do this by offering a wide range of assessment and treatment programs, as well as professional training and consultation. Our programs range in intensity from early identification, assessment and primary intervention, to intensive tertiary level treatment. All of our programs are evidence-based, community-based and trauma-informed.
 

CASA’s vision is a community where all children, youth and their families are provided timely mental health care and empowered to thrive.

Job Description

In partnership with the Government of Alberta and several school boards, CASA is undertaking our most ambitious project yet: CASA Classrooms.

We recognize that children’s mental health supports should be provided where they are needed. That includes providing holistic, culturally safe wrap-around mental health services in trusted school spaces. This project will bridge academic and mental health initiatives in several schools through the coordinated efforts of a classroom teacher, a mental health therapist, a community social worker as well as a psychiatrist or CanReach-trained physician. This classroom-based team will provide individual therapy, group therapy and psychiatric support, as well as academic instruction that will embed opportunities to use and practice mental health-promoting skills and strategies.

 

Children and adolescents (grades four through 12) participating in CASA Classrooms will be supported in the classroom for approximately half of the school year, followed by another half-year of tapering treatment and transition. Programming and goals for these children will be individualized and will account for the child, the family and the community in which the classroom is located. Cognitive and behavioural skills will be taught to children as well as their families, with additional focus placed on transition and translation of skills across time and settings. 

 

We also recognize that the translation of skills to everyday life is just as important as learning the skills in the first place. The classroom-based mental health team will also provide coordinated support to the classroom, the parents/guardians/families of those participating in the project, as well as the community school where participants will return to after their stay in the CASA Classroom. 

The classroom behavioural specialist will:

  • Develop and implement specialized individual treatment plans for children with learning disabilities, developmental delay or executive dysfunction using a variety of treatment approaches with an emphasis on effective, evidence-based behavioural principles.

  • Be an active, contributing member of a multi-disciplinary clinical team to support assessment, treatment, behavioural analysis, therapeutic intervention and consultation.

  • Conduct observations and report on students/patients while they are in the school setting.

  • Recommend behavioural strategies for both home and school settings.

  • Perform clinical interviews with caregivers and teaching staff to obtain background information.

  • Provide hands-on modelling and coaching to family members as determined by the mental health therapist and guided by the treatment plan.

  • Complete weekly phone contacts with families as assigned to review treatment strategies and gather updates for the treatment team.

 

The successful classroom behavioural specialist will also possess the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong assessment, treatment, case management and critical thinking skills.

  • Effective communication and problem solving skills and ability to self-reflect as it relates to working within a demanding environment.

  • Practical experience in behavioural analysis and modification, strategy development, coaching families and allied professionals.
     

Job Details

Union: HSAA

Classification: Classroom behaviour specialist
FTE: 0.90

Status: Permanent

Location: Edmonton and area

Multi-Site: No

Minimum Salary: $32.36

Maximum Salary: $39.78

Hours per Shift: 7.25

Shifts per Week: Monday to Friday
Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or education.

  • Minimum of three years of practical experience in an educational or children’s mental health treatment setting with a particular emphasis on dual diagnosis, learning disability, developmental delay and executive dysfunction.

  • Valid Class 5 operator’s license and access to reliable transportation.

  • Strong assessment, treatment, case management and critical thinking skills.

  • Practical experience in behavioural analysis and modification, strategy development, coaching families and allied professionals.

  • Effective communication and problem solving skills and ability to self-reflect as it relates to working within a demanding environment.

Closing Date: November 27, 2022
 

Please Note:

  • All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.

  • To apply, please visit our Indeed posting for this competition.

  • While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.