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St Catherine's Center for Children Behavior Support Counselor  in Albany, New York

Behavior Support Counselor

About the OrganizationSt Catherine's Center for Children offers a comprehensive range of programs designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children and families we serve.

PositionBehavior Support Counselor


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The Behavior Support Counselor is responsible for assisting students who are temporarily unable to function in their classroom program. The Behavior Support Counselor utilizes crisis de-escalation techniques and their relationship with the student in order to bring the student back to baseline, assist with resolving the issue, and help the student to develop a plan for them to return to academic programming and achieve success within the school environment.


  • Utilizes Therapeutic Crisis Intervention strategies to de-escalate students and develop a plan for them to return to the classroom and achieve success throughout the school day.

  • Build positive relationships with all students and staff.

  • Assist students in developing effective emotional coping and problem solving skills, as well as positive prosocial skills.

  • Prepare and submit all Critical Incident Reports for the day before the end of the shift.

  • May be requested to obtain certification as 'Crisis Intervention Trainer'

  • May be requested to attend various meetings (i.e. Med Review, Suspension Re-Entry meetings, Treatment Plan Meetings, etc).

  • Work collaboratively with Master Teachers, Teacher's Assistants, Classroom Aides, Critical Care Aides and other support staff in the building in order to provide a comprehensive, inclusive and supportive program for all students.

  • Must be able to model and/or coach appropriate de-escalation and processing skills for other employees

  • Knowledge of and assistance with implementation of all students' Individual Crisis Management Plans (ICMP), Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP).

  • Additional position-related duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor/ director.

  • Responsible for Breakout Room data collection.

  • Works in a classroom as indicated by the Behavior Support Supervisor, or Principal.

Organizational Relationships:

Works under the supervision of the Behavior Support Supervisor. Works cooperatively with program staff to effectively assist all students.

Position Requirements

Position Specifications:

  • Ability to work in a therapeutic manner with traumatized children.

  • Ability to adapt individual mindset and de-escalation skills based on each encounter with a student, kindergarten through sixth grade

  • Ability to use developmentally appropriate practices for each student

  • Experience working with traumatized children within a day treatment program preferred.

  • BA Degree in human services or a related field. Relevant experience may be substituted for educational degree at the discretion of the Behavior Support Supervisor and/or Principal.

Essential Functions:

  • A philosophical framework which is consistent with the view that therapeutic intervention involves the use of positive techniques with the purpose of helping the child resolve the current problem creating the immediate difficulties and teaching the child more productive social and personal problem solving techniques.

  • A strong commitment to helping children develop positively.

  • Excellent communication skills with children and adults.

  • Emotional Intelligence and Self Awareness

  • Ability to relate to and communicate with a wide range of people. This includes but is not limited to a broad range of people who are culturally and socio- economically diverse, as well as people with various developmental and functional levels.

  • Ability to understand, communicate with, represent and carry out the mission, values, philosophy and policies of St. Catherine’s Center for Children.

  • Ability to work effectively in a shared decision making model as a team member.

  • Ability to carry out written documentation as required by St. Catherine’s policies and procedures and as required by regulating agencies.

  • Ability to organize and effectively manage (in a timely manner) the varied tasks of the position.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other personnel/ service providers or professionals.

  • A commitment to empowering others to solve his/ her own problems.

  • A conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.

  • The ability to establish a respectful relationship with persons served to help them gain skills and confidence.

  • The capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals.

  • The ability to set appropriate limits.


Weekends required

Req NumberEDU-20-00040

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.



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