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AFFIRM Respite Consultant



Job Summary

The Planned Respite Program is a model program that provides planned respite services to families whose children have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or are dually-diagnosed with a SED and Autism. Planned Respite helps enrolled caregivers of children learn the skills necessary for getting respite care. It teaches caregivers how to find respite providers and to train those providers on how to care for their children. Planned Respite also gives caregivers some immediately-needed short-term respite. 

Under the administrative supervision of the Respite Coordinator, will maintain responsibility for developing and administering planned respite activities consistent with state and Volunteer guidelines.

Knowledge of social and economic problems and their impact on families, SEDs, the principles of family behavior, knowledge of community resources and the referral network, the principles of interviewing and assessment, psychological terminology, and some knowledge of psychological treatment techniques as related to families and children.

The ability to deal tactfully with public and co-workers, to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, to express ideas clearly, concisely and convincingly, and to plan a program to meet the needs of the community and the requirements of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Use a systems approach model for working with families.
  2. Implement behavior management strategies based on applied behavior analysis principles.
  3. Provide home and community-based training and respite.
  4. Provide services for both the child and the family.
  5. Be responsible for ecological assessment and functional analysis of behavior problems, collection of data, daily logs of progress, and on-going written and oral evaluations to parents based on daily objectives and data.
  6. Develop Individualized Family Respite Plans (IFRP) in collaboration with families.
  7. Develop training based on family’s needs.
  8. Help families develop, identify, and access respite alternatives in the community.
  9. Provide direct respite to families in the course of skills generalization training for the child.
  10. Uphold System of Care, core values and principles.
  11. Meet programmatic outcome requirements for access, capacity, and effectiveness.



A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in psychology, social work, or a related field, with some prior experience working with families and children.  A basic knowledge of child development and behavioral management techniques is preferred. Excellent communication and problem-solving abilities to efficiently reach goals within a large non-profit organization. 

Additional Information


Competitive salaries and excellent benefits. 

How to Apply

Please fax or email cover letter and resume to Kelly Lamb,  Fax number is 615.278.6256


  • Date Posted: February 3, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk