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Internship--Bachelor level --- Human Service Technician

Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc. Norfolk, NE

Job Description

Internship--Bachelor Level (undergraduate)

If you are pursuing the completion of an academic degree/program with a focus on human service counseling, psychology, and/or social work fields, Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc. may have an internship opportunity avaiable for you.  Check with your academic advisor to see if this would be applicable; to fit into your schedule.  Please use the following email address to request application materials (BHS application and Internship Training Proposal) or to reach out if you have any questions:  (hr@4bhs.org)


The Human Service Technician supervises and assists residents in learning and practicing new behaviors, including responsibility with assignments and chores.  This position ensures a clean and safe environment for clients and staff, communicates with all staff on the status of residents, presents lectures to clients, is responsible for the admission/discharge process, meal preparation, schedules client medical appointments, documents observations of residents and assures compliance with house and program rules and procedures.

Supervisory Responsibilities     This job has no supervisory responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Client Services:

  • Complete new patient admissions and proper documentation of medication.
  • Monitors vital signs and mental status functioning of individuals in detox.
  • Observes and records resident self-administration of medication.
  • Prepares and serves meals and supervises cleanup.
  • Conducts regular room and chore checks and must be able to access all areas of the facility
  • Must be able to transport clients to on-going appointments and meetings while in treatment.
  • Provides therapeutically suggested interventions for inappropriate/unacceptable behaviors by helping residents identify what s/he needs and new ways of handling the situation.
  • Responds calmly and therapeutically to crisis situations.
  • Demonstrates openness to new ideas and diverse points of view.
  • Shows evidence of unconditional acceptance of each resident.
  • Plays games and cards with residents when appropriate.
  • Conducts random/situational room searches, pat searches and drug screens.
  • Plans and conducts lecture and supervises community meetings.
  • Check out clients at discharge and inventory items.

Record keeping:

  • Identifies changes in resident’s affect and behavior, documents in records and notifies other staff as needed.
  • Keeps updated on resident’s progress through reading evaluations, progress notes, group notes, treatment plans and other means of communication.

Other Duties:

  • Attends staff meetings, at least 12 hours of trainings and other meetings as assigned by the Program Director.
  • Logs maintenance needs.
  • Attain CPR, Med Aide, AED and First Aid certification.
  • Must comply with Agency policies and procedures, including those regarding conduct, confidentiality, and record keeping.

Education and/or Experience    (Internship)                                         

Bachelor's degree in Human Services, Social Work, Psychology or a related field from a four-year college or university preferred; or two years related experience and/or training; or 2 years equivalent combination of education and experience OR two years of lived recovery experience with demonstrated skills and competencies in treatment with individuals with a behavioral health diagnoses is acceptable.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid Nebraska driver’s license and an insurable driving/safety record

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to answer phone and direct callers.
  • Ability to type, file, photocopy, collate, shred, and organize files.
  • Ability to pass and maintain extensive background check required by the agency.
  • Willing to work days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age with a valid Nebraska driver’s license and an insurable driving/safety record. 
  • The Overnight Staff must remain awake during their entire shift. 
  • Willing to obtain a flu shot (except for those allergic to the vaccine or who have a religious exception) or must wear a mask when agency deems appropriate due to times of high illness.
  • If in substance abuse recovery, a minimum of two years continuous sobriety/“clean time” is required and maintained throughout employment.

    Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, navigate stairs, stand, sit, and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  The Overnight Staff must remain awake during their entire shift.

    Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Job Details

Date Posted September 4, 2018
Date Closes March 1, 2019
Address 900 West Norfolk Avenue, Ste 200
Located In Norfolk, NE
Work At Sunrise Place and Seekers of Serenity
Job Type Full-time Employee
SOC Category 21-1093.00 Social and Human Service Assistants
Zipcode 68701
Name Cheryl Gesell
Address 900 West Norfolk Avenue
City, State and Zip Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone 402-370-3140
FAX 402-844-3131

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Accepts and Learns From Criticism
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Time Management
  • Strong Work Ethic

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