Community Support Specialist

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Overland Park, KS    The Whole Person
1 month ago   



The Whole Person helps wounded warriors with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury, spinal-cord injury, or other neurological conditions live life to the fullest, on their terms; choosing for themselves how to live, learn, work, socialize and play.

We assist warriors with cognitive and/or physical challenges gain access to resources and activities in their own community.

We work as a team to establish goals and develop a personal plan for each warrior.

We are designed as a comprehensive long-term partnership intended to adapt to the warrior’s ever-changing needs.

We provide support and training for involvement in meaningful activities, including social and recreational, wellness, volunteer work, education, and other life skills.

The

Community Support Specialist (CSS) aids in developing schedules, development and ongoing modification of compensatory strategies, and assistance with problem-solving issues related to everyday life.

Specific intervention areas could include development/implementation of strategies to address household management, meal preparation, vocational/volunteer exploration, cognitive skill training, exercise, and other home and community-based activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Based on the established goals of an Individualized Care Plan , provide functional support to clients to acquire, retain and improve independence.

Help clients with reintegrating and reconnecting in their communities to encourage a healthy level of independence.

Provide positive support and is an advocate for the client.

Aid and guide with identifying choices and making informed decisions that involve client’s activities and life.

Provide structure and support in household management such as: maintaining cleanliness of home environment and establishing a safe, healthy, and efficient routine.

Assist with participation in recreation and community activities to promote socialization and establish relationships with peers.

Assist individuals with improving community living and integration skills in a variety of settings such as shopping, church attendance, sporting events, club participation, classroom support, volunteer/employment support, and other settings.

Work with clients to help them learn how to participate in their desired recreational and social activities within their surrounding community.

Provide training or assistance with mobility in home environment, using adaptive aids, and accessing public transportation.

Aid with developing effective and appropriate communication and social skills.

Conduct exercises or reinforces physical, occupational, speech and other therapeutic programs as defined by the respective therapist.

Educate clients on how to develop necessary problem-solving skills and strategies.

Accompany clients to locations and appointments in the community, to educate them in learning how to access and utilize their community resources and services.

Serve as a role/mentor for clients and maintain good communication/relationships with clients, their families, their caregivers, and referral sources.

Participates in team meetings, conferences, workshops, in-service trainings to enhance job skills and personnel growth and development.

Requirements

Experience with traumatic brain injury is preferred.

Must be able to set appropriate boundaries, redirect client when necessary, and have patience.

Must have reliable computer; case management responsibilities/daily documentation required; experience with Microsoft Word , Excel , and Adobe Acrobat Reader required.

1-2 years' experience working with adults who have a disability

Maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to be insured.

Background check and driver’s record check.

Mileage and expenses are reimbursed.

Reside in or near the area.

Preferred Military background or experience with military cultureBS/BA in related field Work experience with persons with a traumatic brain injury

Keywords :

social services, psychology, direct care, human services, advocacy, care giver, life skills coach, work supports, community based.

Job :

Part -time (up to 28 hours/week)

[KG1]“…and ability to be insured.”

[KG2] It would be nice if we could separate the “ Requirements ” from the “ Preferred ” category.

We must have someone with a driver’s license ( Required ) but “ Experience with a TBI” is a preference.




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