Intervention Specialist - EXCEL - Alameda

Lincoln Child Center enables vulnerable and emotionally troubled children and their families to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Intervention Specialist
PROGRAM: Excel Program – Behavioral Mental Health
ACCOUNTABLITY: Program Manager

The Intervention Specialist will implement a high quality, comprehensive and individualized intervention program to assist children with appropriate behavior within their school, their home, and their community. Exercising independent and discretionary decision making, the Intervention Specialist works with individual students and families on issues relating to the clients' individualized behavioral support and mental health treatment plans. The Intervention Specialist utilizes community resources and local professionals to develop a strong quality program for each client. Monitors all data to determine effectiveness of program. Completes assigned documentation consistent with program guidelines, IEP requirements, and Medi-Cal regulations, as appropriate.


  • Ability to work collaboratively with members of inter-disciplinary teams; and ability to provide ongoing clinical consultation to assigned staff.
  • Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to and competence in dealing with cultural and socioeconomic diversity of client population.
  • The willingness and the ability to be trained, using our therapeutic and relationship-building philosophy that includes Collaborative Problem-Solving, Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), Positive Behavioral Intervention, and SAFE Environments training programs
  • Use clinical insights, educational motivational techniques and commitment to excellence to promote clients' growth;
  • Support development of and implement a safe and successful positive behavior plan designed to reduce the number of disruptive behaviors in the classroom, home, and the community;
  • Co-facilitate therapeutic and/or skills building groups for clients;
  • Provide milieu-based supervision for children individually and in groups at all times, assisting each child in working with a group and in handling individual problems;
  • Provide solution-focused counseling, adaptive skills building coaching, and crisis intervention to clients throughout school day;
  • Develop and implement effective behavioral management techniques consistent with behavior goals and treatment plans and Lincoln Child Center philosophy;
  • Must be able to physically manage acting out behavior of children ages 6-17 years utilizing authorized physical intervention protocols;
  • Initiate, plan and implement client outings into the community in order to expose clients to broad range of experiences and promote positive interaction with the community;
  • Work under the direction of clinician and program manager to provide on-going family contact and quality support services linking child and family with well researched, relevant and affordable community resources and services;
  • Participate actively in all team meetings, staff meetings, individual and group supervision meetings and school meetings (IEP, SST, SART, etc.) as requested and collaborate proactively with treatment team to deliver quality behavior support and mental health services to clients and families;
  • Develop relationships and ongoing communication with teachers and other staff; provide concrete strategies for positive and feasible individual and class intervention strategies that are in line with client treatment and goals;
  • Participate in development and implementation of summer program for clients and in cross-site projects (i.e. holiday gift drive, Thanksgiving dinner, etc.);
  • Participate in on-going training on intervention techniques and life-skills curriculum;
  • Complete all required documentation in accordance with regulations (e.g. Medi-cal, IDEA/IEP, progress reporting). Develop and administer outcome measurements to ensure quality of service and implementation of individualized behavior support and/or treatment plans;
  • Enrich class and student's instructional programs to meet their individual instructional and treatment needs, goals and interests using Lincoln Child Center and community resources; and
  • Maintain all appropriate records including crisis intervention files and/or incident reports, behavioral tracking forms, lesson plans consistent with IEP goals and objectives, attendance records, clinical notes and other records as required;


  • Attend required meetings as assigned;
  • Follow agency policies and procedures;
  • Participate in Lincoln Child Center in-service training programs;
  • Understand and follow all Lincoln Child Center safety policies, procedures and rules. Perform all job duties safely. Attend all required safety training sessions. Identify and immediately report all workplace hazards, safety rule violations, near misses, and work-related injuries; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Intervention Specialist II: MHRS-qualified - BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in a behavioral science subject and four (4) years documented mental health experience;
  • Intervention Specialist III: MHRS-qualified - MA/MS degree in a behavioral science and two (2) years documented experience in a mental health setting;
  • Spanish speaking a plus;
  • Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity to and competence in dealing with cultural and socioeconomic diversity of client population;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to relate effectively and professionally with children, supervisor, co-workers and staff;
  • Valid California driver's license, a clear driving record and personal vehicle insurance coverage; and
  • Availability of a personal vehicle in good working condition to be used on Lincoln Child Center business.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements to bill for Medi-Cal services


  • The willingness and the ability to be first aid and CPR trained;
  • The willingness and the ability to be trained, using our therapeutic and relationship-building philosophy that includes Collaborative Problem-Solving, Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), and SAFE Environments training programs; and
  • A high degree of physical fitness with the ability to run, jump, bend, stoop, kneel, drop to one knee and get back up.


  • A commitment to empowering others to solve their own problems;
  • Valuing a nurturing family as the ideal environment for a person;
  • 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 ability to work collaboratively with other personnel and/or service providers or professionals;
  • The capacity to maintain a helping role and to intervene appropriately to meet service goals; and
  • The ability to set appropriate limits.

CLASSIFICATION: Regular, full-time, non-exempt, benefited position.

SCHEDULE: Flexible schedule based on program needs. Full-time or part-time employees scheduled for a minimum of 20 hours per week are eligible for benefits.


COMPENSATION: Union Salary Scale.

BENEFITS: Competitive benefits package available.

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