The following is some general information about employment at The Institute for Behavior Change. This is not an offer of employment. An offer of employment can only be made after the submission of a completed application for employment and compliance with all requirements for employment, including the successful completion of a mandatory pre-service training program. Actual terms of employment, benefits and compensation are described in the Employment Agreement and official policies of the Institute for Behavior Change. The Institute for Behavior Change is an equal opportunity employer.
The Institute for Behavior Change has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award program for its exceptional Employee Career Development activities.
Compensation and Benefits
IBC compensates its employees well in comparison to other providers of Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services. TSS providers start at $15 hourly and can earn up to $16 hourly by delivering excellent services, consistently. If travel to an assigned location requires one hour or more, TSS providers are paid a stipend of $8 additionally in any given day for travel. Mobile Therapists receive $24 to $27 hourly and Behavior Specialists $26 to $30 hourly (in Philadelphia, BSCs are required to have at least 2 years of post-graduate experience). IBC offers health insurance benefits (with prescription benefits) and dental benefits to staff who document 30 or more hours per week and funds approximately 50% of the cost of the health insurance benefits. Paid time off in emergencies and other benefits are available after the completion of a probationary period, as funds permit.
Prospective TSS providers receive 15 hours of pre-service training (which may be applied to employment anywhere in Pennsylvania). After hiring, an additional three to six hours of observation is required before beginning to deliver services to children independently. All staff receive additional training in the field of Autism, as well as ongoing training and supervision regarding IBC policies and procedures. Our staff always have access to experienced, successful mental health treatment professionals for support, including licensed psychologists and three certified school psychologists, whenever it is needed. IBC complies with all mandated training for TSS and other providers, including 24 hours of training in the first six months of employment and at least 20 hours of continuing education annually for each treatment service provider. Our BSCs are required to receive all of the “TSS” training, so they fully understand the role and responsibilities of TSS providers, and receive specialized training in the BSC role through weekly meetings with licensed psychologist supervisors. IBC provides specialized training seminars in various aspects of psychological assessment and treatment. New BSC employees participate in a two hour workgroup that meets each week with the Executive Director of the Institute for at least the first three months of employment. All training time is compensated. The Executive Director of the Institute is nationally recognized as an expert on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism spectrum disorders and has been commended by the US Congress, both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for his development of effective community-based behavioral treatment model for children, especially those with developmental disabilities.
All staff are encouraged to strive to understand the child they’re working with, so they can participate actively in the development of an effective and efficient intervention program that addresses the most important needs of the child. IBC staff develop “intensive behavioral treatment” programs rather than generic treatment plans, and strive to include the child, the parent(s), all assigned IBC staff, and all other adults involved in the child’s life in the treatment planning process. Treatment embraces the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Its effectiveness is monitored on a weekly basis from the parent’s perspective and the child’s progress is charted graphically for review as necessary by parents, teachers, supervisors, and funding agency representatives.
TSS are encouraged to contact their Behavior Specialist supervisor at any time if they have any question about their work with a child in-between scheduled supervision meetings. A Licensed Psychologist provides all of the psychological services in support of BHR Services delivered under the scope of his/her practice, therefore a psychologist is always integrally involved in the evaluation, planning, treatment and ongoing monitoring in each child’s case. Most TSS supervision is delivered while the TSS provider is delivering treatment services, so most supervision time is compensated at the usual TSS provider rate. Monthly attendance of a group supervision meeting is also required, to give TSS providers an opportunity to interact with other TSS providers and share insights and experiences which enhances the quality of training and the overall employment experience.
Mobile Therapists and Behavior Specialists are supervised personally by a Licensed Psychologist. The Licensed Psychologist monitors the performance of these staff via episodic consultations with families and school personnel. Behavior Specialists collect behavioral data on clients from parents weekly and produce anecdotal and graphical summaries of the frequency and severity of target behavior. These data are easily synchronized with ongoing records of all services provided. The psychologist reviews behavior record data periodically in supervision sessions with Behavior Specialists.
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