Lead Therapist

Lead Therapist

ABA Connections is seeking creative, enthusiastic, dedicated and reliable Lead Therapists to deliver front-line services to clients using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and lead a team of Instructor Therapists. The Lead Therapist will work directly with children, and their families, in the provision of therapy. The Lead Therapist will be responsible for educating and training new staff on professional and clinical skills as well as client protocols. The Lead Therapist will serve as the facilitator for the client team by facilitating communication between all team members, leading team meetings, managing and disseminating client data, and ensuring that all team members have the necessary support, training, and materials to assist the client in reaching their full potential. The Lead Therapist will act as the supervisor in the absence of other senior staff and/or management to manage daily operations and resolve issues as they arise.

Position Type: Permanent, Part-Time or Full-Time

Hours Per Week:  0-35 hours per week, with possibility of additional hours based on availability and organizational needs.                                                    Please  note: Evenings and/or Weekends Required.

Start Date: January 2019 – Please submit your cover letter and resume by January 13th, 2020

Salary: Based on Experience and Education

Job Description

Program Preparation
  • Prepare and organize the teaching environment and materials
  • Review available information pertaining to clients on caseload
  • Participate in assessment activities as appropriate
 
 Individualized Program Implementation
  • Provide front-line services under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and clinical team
  • Follow prescribed programs as written and seek consultation as needed
  • Utilize sound clinical judgement
  • Assess clients’ skills, abilities, interests, strengths and needs
  • Collect and graph data to be used to evaluate progress towards program goals
  • Prepare written documentation regarding children’s plans and progress as required
 
Collaboration, Consultation, and Communication
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with clients, co-workers, supervisors, and community members
  • Collaborate with other team members in the development of programs and procedures
  • Maintain regular communication with parents and family members as required
  • Participate in scheduled team meetings and conferences as required
  • Present information (both written and oral) sensitively and effectively
  • Collaborate with clinical team regarding programming and client progress
  • Work withing a multidisciplinary team and collaborate with Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers, Speech Pathologists etc. 
  • Assist in the facilitation of training new therapists, students, and volunteers
Position Responsibilities
  • Conduct skill acquisition and behaviour reduction assessments under the supervision of a clinical team
  • Assist in the development of individual treatment plans
  • Provide initial and ongoing staff education and training on client behavioural needs and professional skills
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration between all team members on a clients team including staff, Senior Therapists, parents, and outside professionals
  • Facilitate day-to-day operations of the team by ensuring all necessary paperwork, materials, scheduling, and client documentation are up to date
  • Conduct parent and caregiver training in line with client’s individualized treatment and behaviour reduction protocols
  • Exercise sound clinical judgement
 Professional Responsibilities 
  • Open and close the center
  • Model and maintain a high standard of professionalism, work ethic, flexibility and problem-solving
  • Address client concerns and questions appropriately, redirecting or relaying concerns to Senior Therapists and/or management when necessary
  • Consulting with Senior Therapists and/or management regarding issues and concerns related to service delivery and/or staff performance
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of ABA Connections
  • Abide by the ethical code as indicated by the Behavior  Analysts Certification Board
  • Maintain client confidentiality 
  • Adhere to privacy laws including, but not limited to PIPEDA and PHIPA

Qualifications

Education
  • University Degree related to Behavioural Science, Psychology, or Early Childhood Development (required)
  • Possession or working towards BCBA or BCaBA certification (highly preferred)
Experience
  • Experience working with young children who have been diagnosed with Autism, Pervasive Development Disorder, experience working with children 
  • A minimum of 12 months experience as an ABA Therapist/Instructor Therapist or within the field of ABA
  • Demonstrated experience applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 
  • Experience in behavior management and modification techniques, specifically with children and youth 
Professional
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule Monday-Sunday between the hours of 7:00 am to 7:30 pm for 35-40 hours per week (required)
  • Valid Drivers license and access to a personal vehicle for home and community visits (preferred)
  • Fluently bilingual in English and French (preferred)
  • Valid First Aid/CPR Level C (required)
  • Clean Vulnerable Sector Police Check (required)

A combination of education, experience, and performance may be considered for applicants who do note meet the qualifications listed above. If you do not meet the listed qualifications, but feel that you are a good fit for the position, please let us know why in your cover letter!

Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and a cover letter to Anna Sadler at asadler@abaconnections.ca with the subject: Lead Therapist

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.