Job Title: Clinical Director
Type of Company: I work for a non-profit private school for students with head injuries which is just south of Boston.
Education: BA, Psychology MA, Applied Behavioral Analysis M.Ed., Special Education
Previous Experience: I worked as a house manager for the same company, was promoted to assistant director of residential services, and when I graduated I became a behavior specialist and that led to the clinical director's job.
Job Tasks: I develop behavior support plans for all students who attend the school. I make sure that all staff members are trained on the student's individual behavior support plans. I conduct clinical team meetings on each student quarterly to assess progress and identify areas that need to be improved upon. I talk to parents when they have behavior concerns about their child and do parent training as needed and wanted. I collaborate with allied health services and the education department to ensure all student' programming is complete. I participate in an on-call schedule where I carry a pager and can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by any staff member who needs to report an incident to me. This occurs every ten weeks right now. I also train and ensure that protective holding that occurs in the school and residential setting is being done properly. I hold a certification as a board certified behavior analyst and need to attend classes and conventions in order to uphold that certification.
I have classrooms that I directly consult to and I need to conduct integrity checks in them monthly. Integrity checks involve filling out a sheet after an observation that ensure behavior support plans are being implemented correctly. I also supervise on residential behavior support person as well as interns.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the collaboration between departments to ensure proper programming for the students. Another good part is seeing the progress that students can make and knowing that I am making a difference in their lives. The best part is the parents when they see the changes and thank you for them. They show great appreciation and that's wonderful.
The worst parts of my job involve implementation of protective holding for students. This is never fun or enjoyable, but fortunately it happens infrequently.
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