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Mental Health Specialist

Boys Town & Boys Town National Research Hospital Omaha, NE
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Provides direct youth care and supervision to assigned population which includes but is not limited to maintenance of therapeutic milieu using the Psycho educational Model of treatment (PEM), provision of a safe environment, and monitoring of basic physical needs. Serves as a role model for ethical behavior while promoting an awareness and understanding of positive ethical and moral principles with the Mission, Vision and Values of Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Pay: $18.50 + Shift differential


Full Time and Part Time Evenings; 2:30pm - 11:00pm. Workingon weekdays and every other weekend.


  • Provides consistent monitoring and safety of youth under your supervision to assure safety in all program and non-program areas. Follows policy and procedures regarding monitoring youth in high risk areas i.e. bathroom, overnight, time out, outings and seclusion. Complies with applicable policies and procedures for a youth physical intervention (personal restraint) in the event of emergency safety situations. Follows all hospital, program, state, Medicaid and Joint Commission guidelines and regulations regarding safety.

  • Follows and implements PEM guidelines consistently and effectively, assists youth in changing behavioral patterns by providing feedback through proactive teaching, effective praise, corrective teaching, follow up teaching, and modeling appropriate social and life skills. Conducts teaching consistent with classroom training model. Meets the required rate of teaching interactions as set by direct supervisor.

  • Provides required documentation of youth behavior and activity in behaviorally specific language. Consistently meets required timelines for documentation and follows all program and hospital documentation guidelines.

  • Builds trusting and supportive relationships with youth through acts of fairness, concern, effectiveness, and pleasantness when implementing the (PEM) Psychoeducational model. Actively participates in group activities, using effective quality components when teaching to youth behavior and maintaining appropriate boundaries.

  • Displays professionalism by achieving high standards in the following components. (Honesty/Integrity, Learning/Adhering to all Policies, Communicates Effectively, Accepts/Implements Feedback, Productivity/Creativity and Job Development/Initiative).

  • Implements a proactive approach in making decisions that positively impact the program. Responds effectively to concerns or crisis in the program and remains calm and solution focused when communicating information.

  • Ensures all policies and procedures are implemented and met consistently, including all scheduled expectations.

  • Provides direct feedback to co-workers and supervisors to ensure best care, treatment at services are being provided consistently to all we serve. Assists in staff and program development. Takes initiative to make the program better.

  • Follows the chain of command and communicates any questions or concerns to direct supervisor in a professional, productive manner.

  • Provides patient care and education according to the patient population served.


  • Ability to demonstrate tolerance to work under adverse conditions such as constant interruptions, inappropriate behaviors, and dealing with potential verbal and physical threats from youth.

  • Ability to resolve conflict in crisis situations.

  • Ability to communicate concisely, and work well with diverse professional staff, youth, and co-workers.

  • Ability to maintain appropriate level of confidentiality.

  • Ability to affect planned change in a positive manner.

  • Ability to maintain competencies in all areas, including CPR, PEM, and the personal restraint model.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

  • Demonstrate to criteria while maintaining current in CPR, PEM and nationally recognized personal restraint model must be obtained during pre-service training required.

  • Participation in advanced training activities required.

  • 20 years of age or older required.

  • Up to date with all immunizations required by Employee Health.


  • Some college credit preferred.

  • Experience working with children preferred.

Diversity is more than a commitment at Boys Townit is the foundation of who we are and what we do.

At Boys Town, we cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better business results.

About Boys Town:

Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. With over a century of service, our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. A unique feature for employees and their dependents enrolled in medical benefits are reduced to no cost visits for services performed by a Boys Town provider at a Boys Town location. Additional costs savings for the employee and their dependents are found in our pharmacy benefits with low to zero-dollar co-pays on certain maintenance drugs. Boys Town takes your mental health seriously with no cost mental health visits to an in-network provider. We help our employees prepare for retirement with a generous match on their 401K or 401K Roth account. Additional benefits include tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

Date Posted July 13, 2024
Date Closes August 12, 2024
Requisition REQ-2023-362
Located In Omaha, NE
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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