University of Utah Health Care

  • Behavior Specialist - UNI Diagnostic Clinic, full-time

    Requisition Number
    Employment Type
    Work Schedule
    Monday - Friday 0900 - 1730
    Location Name
    UNI HOME Program
    Patient Care?
    Salt Lake City
    Behavioral Health
  • Overview

    As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

    This position primarily involves conducting functional assessments of challenging behaviors and developing and implementing behavior support plans to respond to such behaviors and teach appropriate alternative skills. The incumbent supports caregivers of children and adults to implement new strategies for behavior support to maximize individual and familial functioning.


    • Assesses patient care giving system for readiness to implement new behavior support strategies and collect data to monitor progress.
    • Performs systematic functional assessments (i.e., interviews and direct observations) to determine the function(s) of challenging behavior in preparation for developing plans of intervention. Also performs functional analyses in controlled laboratory settings using experimental methods.
    • Develops behavior support programs based on functional assessment results and baseline data collection.
    • Teaches and demonstrates elements of the behavior plan and specific strategies to caregivers and other professionals. Models effective behavior support and positive interactions with client.
    • Performs observations at the client’s residence, work, or school as part of the assessment process and to observe implementation of behavior plan.
    • Incorporates emergency support procedures in plans as necessary and obtains necessary reviews and oversight from appropriate committees.
    • Assesses the need for therapeutic materials and uses judgment on age appropriateness of such materials.
    • Collects and evaluates behavioral data, makes adjustments to behavior plan based on these data observations, and other clinical information.
    • Collaborates with other clinical team members and gives guidance regarding behavior support components while considering possible medical, psychological, psychiatric, or environmental causes.
    • Participates in interdisciplinary rounds and evaluations as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
    • Meets documentation requirements of state and insurance payers.

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

    • Knowledge of positive behavior supports and applied behavior analysis principles and support techniques.
    • Documented experience in conducting functional assessments and developing and implementing behavior support procedures.
    • Familiarity with mental health diagnoses and biopsychosocial treatment modalities.
    • Ability to work in the context of a team environment.
    • Has the necessary presentation and direct demonstration and coaching skills to train parents, teachers, and other caregivers about behavior support and specific patient behavior programming.
    • Experience with various data collection methods.




    • Master Degree in a Social/Behavioral Science Field or Equivalency.

    Qualifications (Preferred)


    • LCSW, LPC, or BCBA licensure.

    Working Conditions and Physical Demands

    Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

    • This position involves light work that may exert up to 20 pounds and may consistently require light work involving lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects involving patient care or medical equipment.

    Physical Requirements

    Carrying, Lifting, Listening, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking


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