Behavioral Specialist

We are committed to supporting at risk children and families by providing them with tools and resources to help prevent children from experiencing child abuse, neglect and abandonment. We are a Christian agency that believes in living our mission: “to provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need.”

In response to this community-wide challenge, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS), provides 14 programs and services in 28 locations in Texas, Missouri and Louisiana. In all of our programs, we seek to provide children with permanent homes and adults with increased self-sufficiency. This is accomplished by the agency’s commitment to “The PCHAS Way” which inspires the agency to be strength-focused, family-centered, and goal driven with every client.

Benefits of serving children and families in need through PCHAS include competitive salaries, flex work schedules, paid time off, medical, dental and vision insurance options, voluntary life insurance options, paid holidays, and a very generous retirement plan (after one year of service and working 1,000 hours the agency matches an employee’s contribution).

Status: Exempt

Working Conditions: The Behavioral Therapist and Assessment Specialist will maintain an office with computer and other equipment necessary to complete tasks. Frequent travel between sites may be required as well as local travel between program sites and public schools. Some evening works is expected. Requires the ability to drive to various locations within the service radius. No exceptional physical demand is needed.

Position Summary: The Behavioral Therapist and Assessment Specialist completes initial assessment and treatment plans, and individual therapeutic counseling for Therapeutic Mentoring clients (ages 5 to 19). The person in this position also provides case management and community connections to ensure continuity of care and access to long term solutions. The BTAS will work as part of the Therapeutic Mentoring management team including: Regional Director, Mentor Coordinator, Education Specialist for Therapeutic Mentoring, and Lead Therapeutic Mentor.

Essential Job Functions

  • Completes a thorough Behavioral Health Diagnostic Assessment for all clients referred to the Therapeutic Mentoring program.
  • Develops a Treatment Plan with measurable goals, specific to the behavioral health needs of the therapeutic mentoring client, and updates the plan every ninety days.
  • Provides clinical group supervision of overall program services, matches, progress, and outcomes.
  • Case management activities including, but not limited to, crisis planning, school advocacy, referral, linkage, and collateral contacts.
  • Reviews Discharge Summaries and Aftercare Plans for clinical approval.
  • Provide Individual Therapeutic Counseling with clients as needed.
  • Maintains required documentation and client files according to standards and as required by policy and procedure, entering information in a timely and accurate manner.

Educational and Experience: Must have a master’s degree in human services, Psychology, Social Work or related field. Minimum 3 years’ experience in the social work field.

License and Certifications: Must poses a LPC or LCSW clinical license, and that license be in good standing.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must be a self-starter and possess flexibility to plan and carry out a wide variety of job responsibilities. Excellent verbal and written skills communication skills are essential as well as the ability to utilize technology to aide communication.
  • Working knowledge of curriculum, instruction and ability to work on team of professionals.
  • Working knowledge of best practices in meeting the educational, social and psychological needs of children.
  • Strong organizational, communication, public relations and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to operate a computer utilizing Word, Excel, Outlook and program specific programs.
  • Develop an understanding of the PCHAS Way particularly the Family Teams process.

Other Requirements:

Must hold a valid driver’s license, have and maintain a risk-free driving record. Must be willing to undergo initial and periodic child abuse/neglect, criminal history, sexual offender, and childcare/elder care disqualification list screenings. As requested, must submit fingerprints for review by the state of your employment and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Must undergo a pre-employment drug screen and a pre-employment physical with the results showing no evidence of communicable disease.

Christian Commitment:

Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a faith-based Christian organization. We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need. We strive to serve like Jesus. We meet our clients where they are and treat them with respect. We focus on our clients’ strengths rather than their problems. And we encourage our clients to focus on their future rather than their past. When we do this well, we help our clients find hope and know the love of God.