Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

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National Training Specialist - Instructor of Trainers

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health - Villanova, Pennsylvania

Posted: 11/19/2018

Are you an experienced trainer with a passion for learning programs that positively impact the performance of behavioral health professionals as well as the lives of the individuals served? Do you have the knowledge and expertise that are needed to effectively train, develop and certify trainers in a nationally-recognized crisis prevention/intervention program? Do you enjoy traveling to a wide array of service settings throughout the country? Then consider joining our Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Direct Care Training Resources team!

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is looking for an experienced trainer certified in Safe & Positive Approaches® or another nationally recognized curriculum to develop and certify as a Safe & Positive Approaches® Instructor-Trainer. This person will provide train-the-trainer training and consultative services for Devereux professionals and external organizations. This person will be competent in providing these services in educational, residential and treatment settings serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and mental health/behavioral challenges.

Our ideal team member is an outstanding trainer and practitioner of Safe & Positive Approaches® who understands the tools and performance responsibilities needed for professionals to safely and effectively support the individuals they serve. He or she will have extensive experience providing S&PA trainings in a multitude of service settings.

Our Culture, Our Expectations

At Devereux, we strive to incorporate servant leadership into our culture and every aspect of our organizational framework. This is integrated into the delivery of quality services for individuals, their families, and other stakeholders as well as the development and empowerment of our employees. We offer challenging and exciting work, and our supportive team environment creates an empowering and positive atmosphere. To be successful in our work environment, you will put the needs of others first, and will feel called to serve, and called to lead.

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health:

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. We were founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena Devereux. Today, Devereux is a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.

We employ more than 7,500 staff and operate 15 centers in 13 states. We offer a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults, and their families every year.

Devereux Direct Care Training Resources (DCTR), founded in 1991 and located in Villanova, PA, has developed and implemented competency-based, empirically-supported programs for staff learning and performance. These programs are provided for trainers, first-line personnel, and supervisory staff, in both basic and train-the-trainer formats. DCTR products and programs are utilized throughout Devereux’s national treatment network and in more than 130 other behavioral health, educational and human service organizations.

Our Mission:

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health changes lives – by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.

Competitive salary and benefits:

In addition to a competitive salary, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive health and wellness program to eligible full-time employees, family members and domestic partners. Our health and wellness programs include medical (including medical care via phone, web,app), dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health services and an employee assistance / work-life balance program. In addition, we offer tuition assistance, generous time-off policies and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching benefit, along with voluntary/employee paid vision, supplemental life and accident coverage to full-time employees.*

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The National Training Specialist (Instructor of Trainers) will:

  • Impact staff competencies and professional growth by developing and conducting train-the-trainer programs;
  • Serve as an integral member of the DCTR team, contributing to a strong organizational culture of employee learning and development, helping to make a positive impact on the lives of the many children, adolescents and adults entrusted to the care of the organizations we serve;
  • Evaluate training programs and revise, recommend, and implement enhancements as indicated;
  • Participate in the design and development of curricular materials and resources (classroom, e-learning, and blended learning methods) that improve staff performance;
  • Have the opportunity to travel to a wide array of service-settings located throughout the nation, providing consultation and training, and exchanging ideas and practices with treatment and education professionals;
  • Develop marketing skills by establishing partnerships with internal and external customers of DCTR.
  • Keywords: Trainer, Training, Behavioral Health, Employee Learning, Safe and Positive Approaches, Train-the-trainer, instructor, Crisis Prevention/Intervention, Restraint Training, Safety Training Program(s),

**It is the intent of Devereux to continue to offer these benefits; however, we reserve the right to change or stop them at any time, with or without notice.

To qualify, the National Training Specialist will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology, human services, employee learning and development or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Two (2) or more years of experience, working in various treatment and educational program settings serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual/ developmental disabilities and/or mental health/behavioral challenges. Four (4) or more years of experience is preferred; this may include working in a clinical and/or supervisory role.
  • Four (4) or more years of demonstrated experience conducting staff training with a variety of settings, delivery formats and audiences. Must be a certified trainer in Safe & Positive Approaches® (Staff Effectiveness, Safety Techniques and Personal Emergency Interventions), or a certified trainer in a comparable nationally-recognized crisis prevention/emergency safety interventions curricula. Requires extensive experience training these curricula, excellent presentation skills, and the ability to perform all physical skills with technical accuracy. Additional experience as a supervisor is a plus.
  • Experience using coaching, error correction, and feedback procedures; applying adult learning theory and active learning methods; conducting structured practice and knowledge and practical assessments of learner performance; and using evaluation tools.
  • Understanding and experience applying systems of PBIS and trauma-informed care also required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and customer service skills.
  • Technological proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as commonly used data-basing and e-learning platforms.
  • Due to the specific physical demands of this position, the selected candidate will be required to complete a physical assessment exam with a selected Occupational Health physician familiar with the physical requirements of this position.

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