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West Tennessee Family Solutions: Direct Support Professional

Summary : The Teaching Counselor works under the direct supervision of the Family Teacher. The primary
responsibility of the Teaching Counselor is to teach skills and behaviors to maximize independence in activities of daily living for the supported persons who have developmental disabilities and other special needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  1. Teaching supported person skills in various areas of daily living (self-care, care of household, communication, leisure, etc.) according to Individual Support Plan to increase independence.
  2. Teaching supported persons appropriate behaviors by implementing approved behavior support plan procedures to reduce target behaviors.
  3. Teaching supported persons health care, hygiene, and grooming techniques according to plans to maintain proper health and positive person presentation.
  4. Administering all medications for all individuals at appropriate times according to stated policies and procedures once certified through DIDD, as well as, completing proper documentation noting such.
  5. Accurate and timely documenting of care and assistance provided, including behavior supports, community outing, personal assistance, medication administration, etc. in compliance with various health and active treatment standards.
  6. Accompany the supported persons to any needed/required medical or health appointment, arrive to appointment in a timely manner, and submit paperwork to the nursing department at the office.
  7. Providing active treatment by continually engaging the supported persons served in age-appropriate, functional activities and implementing community access activities and components of the Teaching Family Model (self-government, family-style meals, etc.).
  8. Must implement the support persons support plan including the approved day services.
  9. Ensuring notification of appropriate parties when any incident occurs.
  10. Maintaining knowledge of the whereabouts of supported person at all times.
  11. Assist with all household cleaning and cooking duties as assigned by the Family Teacher.
  12. Follow all operating policies and procedures of WTFS including emergency procedures.
  13. Must be able to pass al DIDD and WTFS pre-hire training and maintain current training throughout employment. This includes any required renewal/re-certification training as needed.
  14. Must check company e-mail regularly for communication and notifications. The primary communication between admin/family teachers/teaching counselors is through e-mail.
  15. Ability to communicate (verbal and written) all information regarding the supported persons day to co-workers.
  16. Must attend house meetings as scheduled.
  17. Ability to work in various homes as assigned, per the needs of the agency.

Additional Duties:

  1. Special projects as assigned by the Family Teacher or other Administrative staff.
  2. Participate in planning process by attending various staff and team meetings with other members of the team and other special project/committee meetings.
  3. Assist in orienting PRN/Over-staffer and new Teaching Counselors working in the home.
  4. Any additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
1. High School Diploma or equivalency.
2. One-Two (1-2) years prior experience in a position of a similar scope, preferred.

Language Skills
1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Computer Skills
1. Must have basic computer skills in order to access company e-mail and time system to clock in/out.

Other Skills and Abilities

  1. Knowledge of Teaching Family Model components and techniques preferred.
  2. The ability to handle all aspects of personal care with sensitivity.
  3. Operation of a motor vehicle is required, which includes proof of a valid driver’s license and the ability to qualify as a designated driver under WTFS insurance guidelines.
  4. Completion of WTFS and DIDD training curriculum within the specified time frame.
  5. Ability to correctly document information on agency approved forms (daily notes, incident forms, behavior data, tracking forms, medication administration forms, etc.)

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Ability to lift at least one-fourth of own body weight unassisted and ability to perform unassisted transfers of supported persons with adaptive equipment (gait belts, Hoyer lifts, etc.)

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