Position Description

Therapeutic Assistant - Behavioural Therapy
Location Genesis Centre
FTE 1.0
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Edmonton Catholic Schools is a large urban school district whose mission is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another. The District is comprised of over 42,000 students and 5,000 employees in 96 schools plus other sites.

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  • Plan and implement programs/strategies with specific children and or groups of children within the classroom environment as outlined by the specialist and classroom team;
  • Plan and implement small and large group strategies/activities within the classroom environment that support the development skills of skills of identified children;
  • Develop materials related to varied programs/strategies as determined by the specialist;
  • Maintain appropriate records of planned programs and child progress;
  • Monitor effectiveness of programs/strategies designed to meet specific objectives;
  • Develop and maintain specific notes for the specialist and classroom team regarding child progress and response to current program/strategies follow up through contact notes, progress notes, anecdotal observations and /or conversation;
  • Share information with classroom teaching team regarding planned strategies/programs and communicate with the specialist to determine appropriate level for programming and additional follow up required;
  • Model/discuss strategies and supports as appropriate with classroom team;
  • Work collaboratively with members to implement strategies;
  • Attend MDT and other team meetings;
  • Participate in cohort preparation time and meetings;
  • Assist in the delivery of workshops/seminars;
  • Conduct screenings to facilitate interpretation of results;
  • Assist in administering informal/formal screening tools to gather information;
  • Record and maintain results for use by the specialist;
  • Maintain technical knowledge of credentials through a range of professional development activities.


  • Diploma in Disability Studies, or related area from a recognized institution, plus three years directly related pediatric experience;
  • Coursework in specific delays/disorder such as autism and mental health is an asset;
  • Knowledge of applied human behaviour, positive approaches to learning, positive behaviour supports; inclusion and advocacy principles, formal and informal assessment principles, learning through play principles and interpersonal relationships and communication principles;
  • General knowledge of crisis Intervention strategies and de-escalation techniques, CPR/First Aid, psychological diagnoses and the impact that delays/disorders have on behaviours in children;
  • General knowledge of educational inclusion principles and practices, and 21st Century educational skills;
  • Knowledge of multi-media technology and equipment, Microsoft and Apple iPads;
  • Knowledge of program planning and project management techniques;
  • Understanding of applied behavioural analysis;
  • Knowledge of workplace safety and awareness of Occupational Health and Safety Regulations;
  • General knowledge of the district’s operations and business, school systems and structures, community services for children and families;
  • Advanced verbal and written skills- in English including digital literacies;
  • Good communication, strong interpersonal skills, friendly/positive attitude are essential;
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of clients and needs;
  • Strong teamwork skills with the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with multi-disciplinary team;
  • Flexible with the ability to work in a fast paced environment;
  • Good self-reflection skills and ability to quickly adjust to feed back;
  • Exceptional organization skills and the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and work within tight timelines;
  • Strong problem solving skills and the ability to influence decisions;
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams;
  • Ability to travel to various sites within the City of Edmonton.

Closing Date: August 1, 2018


Edmonton Catholic School District offers a comprehensive benefits program as part of its total compensation package, based on contract status. 

Prior to employment, successful candidates will be required to submit Police Information Check and Intervention Record Check documents.

Candidates must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

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Edmonton Catholic Schools
9807-106 Street Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1C2