Bancroft NeuroHealth

  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Specialist

    Job Locations US-NJ-Cherry Hill
    Requisition ID
    2018-5080
    Category
    Rehabilitation Therapy
    Status
    Full Time
  • Overview

    Develops cognitive remediation programs and provides direct, consultative, and supportive cognitive remediation treatment and services to persons served and staff members to enhance the individual potential for learning and to meet the specific rehabilitation needs of persons served. Provides leadership and supervision to staff and manages program site in the absence of program management.

     

     

    Responsibilities

    1. Develops and implements group cognitive remediation programs for individual persons served under the supervision of a licensed professional or designated supervisor, in collaboration with the Trans-disciplinary team (IDT), and in accordance with regulations, standards, and guidelines defined by the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the Individual Program Plan (IPP), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), and established Bancroft policies and procedures.

     

    1. Provides direct and consultative treatment services in cognitive remediation to persons served:

     

    • Effectively utilizes available information regarding therapy and treatment for each person served. Provides assistance in the development of cognitive remediation and treatment-specific goals and objectives;
    • Assists program management in the design of functional strategies and the need for adaptive equipment that enhances learning and creates an environment best suited to individual profile and needs.  Plans and conducts individual and group sessions to provide direct treatment, therapy, and/or special rehabilitation skills to persons served in day treatment and residential settings;
    • Prompts and/or assists each person in the achievement of goals while actively encouraging the independence and competency of each person within his/her ability limit;
    • Plans and schedules frequency and duration of sessions in accordance with individual needs;
    • Provides suggestions regarding the utilization of techniques and/or materials to support and enhance cognitive abilities; identifies barriers that may impede individual progress, and recommends environmental accommodations to support functioning and facilitate the carryover of treatment goals;
    • Demonstrates and instructs persons served and staff in the proper use of functional and adaptive equipment, devices and cognitive remediation techniques;
    • Utilizes a system of documentation that is professional, efficient, accountable, and conforms to federal, state and other applicable policies and procedures;  develops and maintains progress reports, session notes, treatment summary reports, etc., as required by the IPP;
    • Provides training on a variety of topics and specific to cognitive remediation to persons served and staff members regarding the implementation and monitoring of treatment plans, etc.

     

    1. Working with Trans-Disciplinary team members, participates in diagnostic assessments of need for cognitive remediation treatment and services and develops treatment plans for individual persons served:

     

    • Assists in determining the need for cognitive remediation treatment for each person served;
    • Participates in the review of individual records, administration of standardized/formal/informal testing, conducting of specialized screenings, etc., and provides recommendations for service delivery;
    • May perform assessment of the individual’s daily living activities within the Bancroft residential setting to determine individual capabilities, limitations, and rehabilitation needs;
    • Based on assessment, develops and modifies treatment plans based upon the individual’s abilities.  As requested by team members, provides reassessment of persons served, focusing on targeted areas of need at established intervals;
    • Plans and develops goals specific to cognitive remediation treatments that are achievable, functional, measurable, and will be effectively utilized in each individual’s rehabilitation program.

     

    1. Provides ongoing support, guidance and mentoring for other staff in implementing treatment plans, general interactions, engagement, daily care, goal implementation, level of support and safety for assigned individuals. Accepts reassignment on short notice and on a regular basis in order to carry out these responsibilities.

     

    1. In the absence of the Program management, provides supervision and oversight to staff within direct areas of responsibility:
      • Provides ongoing leadership, advice, training, feedback, and guidance to staff regarding a) the conducting of functional analysis and treatment sessions for assigned individuals and b) the daily care, instruction, and safety of individuals supported at assigned program site as outlined in the Individual Program Plan (IPP), Annex A, and/or program descriptions;
    • In conjunction with Program management, monitors all direct costs incurred and efficiency of spending for program site and individuals suported within area of responsibility. Contributes in ensuring that program site operates within the established fiscal budget and may provide input to program management for annual budget preparation for program site;
      • Serves as first point of contact during assigned shift/schedule for daily and emergency situations;
      • Serves as central source on assigned shift/schedule for coordinating transportation needs for individuals supported;
      • Ensures proper staffing levels and work distribution within assigned program site in accordance with levels of supervision, Annex A, and/or program descriptions;
      • Ensures completion of required paperwork by staff for accuracy and for submission to program management;
      • Aids in the resolution of problematic or more complicated situations occurring within program site. Notifies program management of any unusual or emergency situations;
      • Effectively transitions with the staff of the incoming and outgoing shifts;
      • Appropriately documents and reports staff latenesses and other performance-related issues;
      • Provides input to program management regarding the ongoing job performance of staff;
      • Promptly reports any infraction of Bancroft policies to program management;
      • Effectively communicates with program management regarding all activities at assigned program site.

     

    1. Contributes in facilitating a team approach to program development, implementation, and monitoring by effectively collaborating with all specialty/clinical disciplines, parents/guardians, residential and day program staff, etc., to identify and best meet the individual rehabilitation needs of each person served.

     

    1. Actively participates in team/departmental meetings, admission assessments, team conferences, family meetings, etc., and, as requested, serves as a member of the Trans-Disciplinary Team (TDT) process in conjunction with the Individual Program Plan (IPP). Attends and presents at Neurobehavioral rounds. 

     

    1. Provides crisis intervention, as needed, through de-escalation techniques, staff support, and assistance. Follows state-approved emergency procedures and utilizes Bancroft-approved crisis intervention techniques at all times.

     

    1. Ensures the site operates in accordance with the organization’s quality standards for safety, security, and cleanliness, as well as applicable state licensing and accreditation standards.

     

     

     

     

    Qualifications

    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Education, or a related field required.  Prior experience working with neurologically-impaired individuals preferred.  Must meet the certification criteria as defined by the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation and receive ACBIS certification within 1 year of hire.

     

    Special Skills:

    Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood required.  Knowledge of the administration, indications and contra-indications of various cognitive remediation techniques and the ability to instruct individuals in the proper use of facilities and equipment required. 

    Effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills required with a strong desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.  Ability to work independently and as an integral part of a team required.  Ability to implement crisis intervention techniques required.  Attainment of CPR, First Aid, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention certification within first 90 days of employment required.  Valid driver’s license required in incumbent’s legal name and current address with no provisional restrictions. Minimum 18 years of age required.

     

    An incumbent in this position who has graduated from an accredited college with a Bachelors degree  in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Social Work, Recreation, Art, Dance, Music, Physical Education, Nutrition, Sociology, Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Psychology or related Human Services field of study AND possesses at least one year of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities or brain injuries may function as a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP).

    EEO Statement

    Bancroft is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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