Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) provides treatment programs for traumatized children who most often are victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse. RMYA supports using trauma-informed techniques and relationship-based approaches to create a safe environment that provides consistency, structure, and caring for the children we serve. Children in our care turn to risk-taking behaviors to cope with their pain. These behaviors can include such actions as oppositional defiance, physical/verbal aggression, self-harm, running away, suicidal gesturing, and delinquency.
The Crisis & Trauma Team Specialist serves all the programs of RMYA. The Crisis & Trauma Team Specialist assists children and youth eliminate or replace disruptive, harmful, or negative behaviors with positive/restorative practice-focused actions in both the school and residential setting at RMYA.
EDUCATION: High school diploma required. Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, psychology, counseling, or other related field is preferred. 18 credit hours of graduate education in counseling or social work may be substituted for two years of direct-care experience.
FLSA STATUS: Non Exempt
BENEFITS: Health Insurance (75% of premium paid by RMYA), vacation/holiday/sick time, tuition reimbursement, 403(b) Thrift Plan
- 2-3 years of direct-care experience with emotionally or behaviorally challenged children and youth in a residential, shelter, school, hospital, or community-based setting is required. 18 credit hours of graduate education in counseling or social work may be substituted for two years of direct-care experience.
- Demonstrated experience providing interventions with children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues.
- Working knowledge of Department of Family Services (DFPS) licensing and operating requirements.
- Working knowledge of the best practices supported by RMYA in its care of children, youth, and families; and the willingness to learn, implement, and train staff in the execution of these practices.
- Basic understanding of child behavior and development principles.
- Ability to communicate clearly and calmly with staff and children in care, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to work collaboratively with other staff members, service providers, and professionals.
- Ability to manage multiple situations and meet challenging and changing circumstances and deadlines.
- Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and client management databases.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including weekend and evening hours.
- Valid Texas driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire. Must have acceptable driving record.
- Successful clearance of a criminal background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing.
- Help children maintain healthy behavioral and emotional expression in residential, school, and community settings and prevent serious incidents, while providing one-on-one support for children as necessary or determined by the individual treatment plan in combination with the school’s Behavioral Improvement Plan (BIP) for each student and/or requirements as set forth by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
- Work directly with residential and school staff to provide support focused on anticipating and averting crises; modeling restorative practices, redirection, and restraint techniques; and offering direct support as appropriate and within licensing guidelines when a child is in immediate crisis.
- At the direction of the clinical team, more generally assist staff with clinical interventions targeted at stabilizing each resident’s placement and improving their path toward positive goal attainment and a positive placement outcome.
- Maintain an ongoing understanding of individual treatment plans and resident-identified interests and de-escalation techniques.
- Ensure programs and associated activities are in compliance with applicable Texas rules, regulations, and laws that govern residential programming for children, youth, and their families.
- Maintain professional and ethical standards as prescribed by RMYA.
- Maintain personally required training hours.
- Represent RMYA in a professional manner at all times.
- Be supportive of all RMYA policies and procedures, and actively participate in their development by proposing changes and updates as well as working on teams designed to improve how we work together.
- Other duties as assigned.
Physical Work Environment
The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands; ability to sit up to 1-3 hours per day with frequent walking, standing, running, bending, squatting, pulling and pushing; and may move residents up to 170 pounds to a height up to 6 feet with the possible assistance from one other employee.
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Campus Administrator