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Become A Day Program Manager

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Working As A Day Program Manager

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $30,830

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Day Program Manager does

  • Generated new bulletin board displays for MDO hallway.
  • Assist the individuals in activities that may range from personal care assistance to teaching independent living skills.
  • Assisted in their daily living skills.
  • -Participated in yearly CPR certification in case of emergencies.
  • Helped with personal care needs for many of the campers.
  • Provide oversight to all staff responsible for implementing intensive services designed to reduce symptoms and improve Functional skills.
  • Interviewed, hired and set appropriate expectations by training new Day Program staff.
  • Assisted individuals with mental health issues and developmental disabilities with arts and crafts.
  • Supplied crisis intervention and substance abuse services to patients in the community.
  • Conducted monthly staff meetings to constantly refresh staff on behavior support plans, supervision guidelines and monthly trainings.
  • Logged daily activities for each individual.
  • Coordinate team and staff meetings.
  • Supervised department staff, manage budget, and work within treatment team model for individuals with severe mental illness.
  • Provide direct supervision for 12 employees.
  • Train staff to properly interact with individuals with various degrees of intellectual disabilities.
  • Helped build curriculum, designed classes to teach clients social skills and ways to build income.
  • Conducted intake interviews and CANS/ANSA assessments and formulate comprehensive treatment plans.
  • Provide a safe environment and a positive atmosphere.
  • Organized academic and recreational activities for students.
  • Provided daily group therapy sessions with youth who have diagnosed behavior disorders, talking about life skills.

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How To Become A Day Program Manager

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Top Skills for A Day Program Manager

BehaviorSupportPlansDevelopmentDisabilitiesSafeEnvironmentCrisisInterventionDirectSupervisionMentalHealthDailyLivingSkillsTreatmentPlansDirectCareStaffDailyActivitiesOversightISPStaffMeetingsLifeSkillsMedicationManagementSocialSkillsPersonalCareRecreationalActivitiesStaffMembersMentalIllness

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Top Day Program Manager Skills

  1. Behavior Support Plans
  2. Development Disabilities
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted monthly staff meetings to constantly refresh staff on behavior support plans, supervision guidelines and monthly trainings.
  • Provide a safe environment and a positive atmosphere.
  • Supplied crisis intervention and substance abuse services to patients in the community.
  • Provide human resource functions to include direct supervision, interviewing employees, hiring of employees, and knowledge of employment laws.
  • Served as liaison among parents, juvenile probation and parole officers and mental health providers

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