At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives and recently Devereux Pennsylvania CBHS Behavioral Health Technician Adama Kanu was spotlighted.
In your role, what are your main responsibilities?
As a behavioral health technician, my main responsibility is to transfer skills to parents, and together, work to decrease challenging behaviors in children. I model behavioral interventions, teaching parents how to better manage their child’s problem behaviors. I show parents how to prevent challenging behaviors, and if these behaviors do occur, I show them how to react in a way that decreases the likelihood that they will happen again.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is when I make a difference in the lives of the children and families I serve. By teaching parents how to interact in a way that decreases problem behaviors, I get to see positive changes in the relationship between the parent and child. It is also very rewarding to develop therapeutic relationships with children who are often seen as challenging.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have been given is that patience is a virtue. In our field, with patience, I am able to understand and respond well to challenging behaviors.
Why are you a Healthcare Hero?
I’m a Healthcare Hero because what I do makes such a huge difference in the lives of our individuals and families. I am passionate, dedicated and patient with everyone I work with at CBHS.
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