National Training Specialist-Instructor of Trainers
Institute of Clinical & Professional Training & Research
Are you an experienced trainer with a passion for learning programs that positively impact the
performance of behavioral health professionals as well as the lives of the individuals served? Do you have
the knowledge and expertise that are needed to effectively train, develop and certify trainers in a
nationally-recognized crisis prevention/intervention program? Do you enjoy traveling to a wide array of
service settings? Then consider joining our Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Direct Care Training
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is looking for an experienced trainer certified in Safe & Positive
Approaches® or another nationally recognized curriculum to develop and certify as a Safe & Positive
Approaches® Instructor-Trainer. This person will provide train-the-trainer training and consultative
services for Devereux professionals and external organizations. This person will be competent in providing
these services in educational, residential and treatment settings serving individuals with autism spectrum
disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and mental health/behavioral challenges.
Our ideal team member is an outstanding trainer and practitioner who understands the tools
and performance responsibilities needed for professionals to safely and effectively support the
individuals they serve. Experience providing Safe & Positive Approaches® or crisis intervention
trainings in a multitude of service settings is preferred.
Devereux Direct Care Training Resources (DCTR), founded in 1991 and located in Villanova, PA, has
developed and implemented competency-based, empirically-supported programs for staff learning and
performance. These programs are provided for trainers, first-line personnel, and supervisory staff, in both
basic and train-the-trainer formats. DCTR products and programs are utilized throughout Devereux’s
national treatment network and in more than 130 other behavioral health, educational and human service
The National Training Specialist – Crisis Prevention & Intervention Instructor of Trainers will:
• Impact staff competencies and professional growth by developing and conducting train-the-trainer
• Serve as an integral member of the DCTR team, contributing to a strong organizational culture of
employee learning and development, helping to make a positive impact on the lives of the many
children, adolescents and adults entrusted to the care of the organizations we serve;
• Evaluate training programs and revise, recommend, and implement enhancements as indicated;
• Participate in the design and development of curricular materials and resources (classroom, e-learning, and blended learning methods) that improve staff performance;
• Have the opportunity to travel to service-settings located regionally and throughout the nation,
providing consultation and training, and exchanging ideas and practices with treatment and
• Develop marketing skills by establishing partnerships with internal and external customers of
Keywords: Trainer, Devereux,Training, Behavioral Health, Employee Learning, Safe and Positive
Approaches, Train-the-trainer, instructor, Crisis Prevention/Intervention, Restraint Training, Safety
Training Program(s), Emergency Safety Intervention, Organizational Development, Behavior
Analysis, Train, Coach, Instructional Design
• Bachelor’s degree in psychology, human services, employee learning and development or related
field along with relevant experience or Master’s degree preferred.
• Two (2) or more years of experience, working in various treatment and educational program
settings serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual/ developmental disabilities
and/or mental health/behavioral challenges. Four (4) or more years of experience is preferred; this
may include working in a clinical and/or supervisory role.
• Two (2) or more years of demonstrated experience conducting staff training with a variety of
settings, delivery formats and audiences. Certification as a trainer in Safe & Positive Approaches®
(Staff Effectiveness, Safety Techniques and Personal Emergency Interventions), or a certified
trainer in a comparable nationally-recognized crisis prevention/emergency safety interventions
curricula is preferred. Requires experience training these curricula, excellent presentation skills,
and the ability to perform all physical skills with technical accuracy. Additional experience as a
supervisor is a plus.
• Experience using coaching, error correction, and feedback procedures; applying adult learning
theory and active learning methods; conducting structured practice and knowledge and practical
assessments of learner performance; and using evaluation tools.
• Understanding and experience applying systems of PBIS and trauma-informed care.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, and customer service skills.
• Technological proficiencies in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as commonly used
data-basing and e-learning platforms.
• Due to the specific physical demands of this position, the selected candidate will be required to
complete a physical assessment exam with a selected Occupational Health physician familiar with
the physical requirements of this position.
Our Culture, Our Expectations
At Devereux, we strive to incorporate servant leadership into our culture and every aspect of our organizational
framework. This is integrated into the delivery of quality services for individuals, their families, and other stakeholders as
well as the development and empowerment of our employees. We offer challenging and exciting work, and our supportive
team environment creates an empowering and positive atmosphere. To be successful in our work environment, you will
put the needs of others first, and will feel called to serve, and called to lead.
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health:
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the
country. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with
compassionate family engagement to help change lives. We were founded in 1912 by special education pioneer Helena
Devereux. Today, Devereux is a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving
many of the most vulnerable members of our society in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities,
specialty mental health, and child welfare.
We employ more than 7,500 staff and operate 15 centers in 13 states. We offer a comprehensive national network of
clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of
thousands of children, adults, and their families every year.
Devereux Direct Care Training Resources (DCTR), founded in 1991 and located in Villanova, PA, has developed and
implemented competency-based, empirically-supported programs for staff learning and performance. These programs are
provided for trainers, first-line personnel, and supervisory staff, in both basic and train-the-trainer formats. DCTR products
and programs are utilized throughout Devereux’s national treatment network and in more than 130 other behavioral
health, educational and human service organizations.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health changes lives – by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with
emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.
Competitive salary and benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive health and wellness
program to eligible full-time employees, family members and domestic partners. Our health and wellness programs
include medical (including medical care via phone, web, app.), dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health
services and an employee assistance / work-life balance program. In addition, we offer tuition assistance, generous timeoff policies and a 403(b) retirement plan with matching benefit, along with voluntary/employee paid vision, supplemental
life and accident coverage to full-time employees.*
Click on the following link to see why we are a great place to work: http://benefits.devereux.org.
*Note: It is the intent of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to continue to offer these benefits; however, we reserve
the right to change or stop them at any time, with or without notice.