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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. Actual terms of employment,
benefits and compensation are described in the Employment Agreement and
official policies of the Institute for Behavior Change.
Staff are recruited primarily from local graduate and undergraduate
schools of psychology. IBC participates in ongoing intern and practicum
training programs with LaSalle University, West Chester University and Immaculata University.
Many staff attracted for TSS work are in Graduate school, preparing for a
career in Education or Human Services. Some staff receive course credit
for their paid work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
Paying practica are almost unheard-of and the pay & benefits IBC offers TSS is
higher than that offered by most other agencies, so IBC has been very
successful at recruiting and retaining highly educated and motivated TSS
providers. Licensed psychologists request authorization and bill
at the lower “Masters Level” rate for Behavior Specialist services when
they anticipate utilizing an unlicensed Behavior Specialist so that, if
the psychologist needs to step in personally from time to time, there
isn’t any problem with billing.
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,
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 ($32 to $35 hourly in Philadelphia), and Behavior Specialists $27 to $30 hourly (except in
Philadelphia, where BSCs earn $32 to $35 hourly, but are required to have at
least 2 years of post-graduate experience at the time of
hire). BSCs and MTs are paid up to 3% of their gross pay in addition as a
tax-free reimbursement for gasoline expenses.
offers access to health insurance benefits including dental and
prescription benefits to staff who document 30 or more hours per week (a
co-pay is required) in addition to malpractice and liability insurance, worker's
compensation, unemployment, and a no-interest loan program. Paid
Time Off (PTO) may be available at the discretion of the Executive Director
after 6 months of service have been delivered.
addition to a general orientation to IBC, (explained in detail via a
Part-Time Employment Agreement, an
employee manual and other policy and procedure distributions), a review of several fundamental “role and
responsibility” documents obtained at various state-sponsored trainings is performed. Copies are given to staff.
Prospective TSS providers receive
15 hours of pre-service training (that may be applied to employment
anywhere in Pennsylvania), and after hiring, three to six hours of observation
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 a certified school psychologist, whenever it is needed.
Training and supervision
staff are encouraged to strive to understand the child they’re working
with, so that they can participate actively in the development of an
effective, eclectic intervention program that addresses the most important
needs of the child in the most efficient way possible. IBC staff develop “intensive behavioral treatment” programs rather than more general
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 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.
staff are encouraged to contact their Behavior Specialist and/or Licensed
Psychologist supervisor at any time if they have any question about their
work with a child in-between scheduled supervision meetings. They
understand that the licensed psychologist is accountable for all aspects
of treatment delivered under the scope of his/her practice. A Licensed Psychologist provides
all of the psychological services in support of BHR Services delivered
under the scope of his/her practice, so a psychologist is always
integrally involved in the evaluation, planning, treatment and ongoing
monitoring in each child’s case. 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 for each TSS provider annually. Our BSCs are expected to attend all of the
"TSS" training too, so they fully understand the role and responsibilities
of TSS providers, and receive specialized training in the BSC role in both
an introduction to work at IBC and on an ongoing basis.
intern and practicum students are offered at least one hour of
face-to-face supervision with a Licensed Psychologist each week, plus
additional supervision by a unlicensed (Masters-level) Behavior Specialist
as necessary. When staff require additional training or support, the
Licensed Psychologist decides whether they need direct attention or the
attention of an unlicensed Behavior Specialist. Licensed
Psychologists are paid $50 hourly for their supervision
activity, and $50 hourly for travel to assigned evaluation or supervision
sites. If a TSS provider is not actively involved in a
practicum or internship, they receive all required supervision from a
Masters-level mental health professional.
Mobile Therapists and Behavior Specialists are supervised personally by a
Licensed Psychologist. Additionally, 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.
addition to the training provided to staff via ongoing supervision, IBC
provides specialized training seminars in various aspects of psychological
assessment and treatment. Planned and recently delivered seminars include
sensitivity training for human service workers, depression, psychological
testing, personality testing, mental retardation, EPSDT vs Wraparound, and treatment via the DIR model (Greenspan) and Verbal Behavior
model (Carbone) for children with Autistic spectrum disorders.
Autism treatment providers urgently needed!
For more than 25 years
(before The Me Book was written), IBC staff have been
working with children with autistic spectrum disorders to improve
behavior, communication and socialization skills. Building on the work of
Greenspan, Lovaas, Carbone and others, our staff have created “Intensive
Behavioral Treatment” programs that have been funded continuously by
Managed Care Organizations throughout Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia
counties since 1997. Our highly trained and closely supervised staff
consistently deliver the highest quality professional services, under the
direct supervision of licensed psychologists and certified school
psychologists. No other organization offers comparable quality and
expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders.
and are seeking to expand our professional staff. Our TSS providers must
have a BA or BS degree. Those with a BA or BS degree in Psychology
or a closely related field require no prior
experience working with children. We provide ongoing and intensive
training, and close supervision of all service providers. Experienced TSS
providers earn $15 to $16 hourly, with health insurance, paid practicum
opportunities, flexible schedules, and other benefits available.
The Institute for Behavior Change is an Equal Opportunity
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