Lead Behavioral Therapist-Mays Landing, NJ:

Mays Landing New Jersey

Req ID: 999

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

Responsible for providing direct care and clinical leadership in the assessment, development and implementation of behavioral interventions for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in the Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP).  Also provides oversight of the CIEBP recreational and psychosocial activities.  As a clinical leader, plays an active role in the training of other members of the treatment team, including supervision of Clinical Specialists I, II and III and Clinical Assistants.  Provides individual and family therapy as assigned by the Clinical Team.  Also provides education to families and consultation to school personnel and other behavioral health professionals.  In addition, advances knowledge in the area of treatment interventions through active participation in research and program development and evaluation.

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Job Responsibilities

Under supervision, as required by NJ licensing regulations, and in conjunction with the Clinical Team, serves as the primary behavior therapist to program patients.

• Develops, implements and assess treatment interventions for an assigned caseload.
• Assesses relevant family/systems and incorporates this information into goal planning and development for the patient and family.
• Identifies, operationalizes, and tracks specific target behaviors that impede patient development.
• Conducts psychoeducational, social skills and psychotherapy groups with children and families.
• Coordinates the daily operations of the classrooms including maintaining the schedule of activities, appropriate staff coverage and staff breaks.
• Provides clinical coordination and oversight for the implementation of program protocols and new program systems.
• Performs functional behavioral assessments and analysis of the patient’s behavioral, emotional and social difficulties.
• Provides clinical leadership in the development and monitoring of the social skills programs to address skill deficits of the patient population.
• Oversees the collection and graphical display of data on patient goals and target behaviors.
• Translates treatment protocols into recommendations that are easily understood and are feasible to implement by caregivers.

Assumes supervisory responsibilities

• Provides supervision and direction to Clinical Specialists in the development and implementation of behavior modification protocols.
• Provides direction to non-clinical staff in the development, dissemination and monitoring of interventions designed to enhance the child’s development of adaptive functioning.
• Provides supervision of the Clinical Specialists in their application of social skill activities.
• Serves as a resource to Clinical Specialists and Clinical Assistants in the development of group activities.
• Provides training and demonstration of clinical skills to Clinical Specialists
• Serves as a resource to center staff, trainees and community agencies.
• Assists in the orientation of new staff.
• Provides regular supervision and direction to Clinical Specialists in behavior team meetings


Ensures high quality patient care and a safe therapeutic environment.

• All medical record documentation is timely and appropriate.
• Complies with CHOP, JCAHO and CIEBP policies and procedures
• Provides close supervision of children and staff during classroom and program activities to maintain safety and the clinical integrity of the group milieu.
• Demonstrates, provides and supervises staff in a clearly delineated series of non-violent crisis interventions strategies to facilitate safety and improved child functioning.
• Only as a last resort, when other less restrictive measures have failed to maintain safety, demonstrates, utilizes and supervises Non-violent Physical Crisis Intervention.
• Provide assistance, guidance and ongoing assessment of both the child and staff when a child requires a restrictive procedure.
• Works conjointly with the CIEBP Program Manager and Psychology Program Director to enhance the behavior team, program performance and program efficiency.
• Is an active and constructive member of the clinical team and implements team decisions in a positive and proactive manner.


Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Participates in program development, training, research and professional development.

• Participates in the design, implementation, monitoring and assessment of treatment procedures and research protocols.
• Participates in in-service training and continuing education of staff and other service providers.
• Develops lectures, posters, papers and other presentations as part of the overall quality improvement initiative of the program.
• Assists center and program teams in the development and supervision of treatment interventions.
• Meets annual requirements for professional continuing education.
• Meets annual requirements for mandatory education

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

NVCI - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

Required Education and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in psychology, social work, special education, school psychology or a related field.
  • Previous experience with children who exhibit serious emotional and behavioral problems.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Licensed/License eligible as an LPC or LCSW

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and related areas.
  • Knowledge of child psychopathology.
  • Knowledge of therapy and psychological assessment techniques with children and families.
  • Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English.
  • Computer skills including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
  • Ability to direct and motivate staff teams.
  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

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CHOP Careers Contact 

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2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288 

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