Center for Discovery

  • Diet Technician

    Job Locations US-VA-Fairfax
    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/14/2018 2:25 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-2597
    # of Openings
    2
    Category
    Dietary
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    About Center For Discovery

    Center For Discovery has a 20-year legacy of transforming lives by promoting health, healing and hope to our clients and their families.  We are a national leader in behavioral healthcare and offer world-class treatment for eating disorders, mental health and substance abuse conditions.  We serve adolescents and adults in both residential and outpatient settings.  It is our mission to create a transformative therapeutic experience aimed at profoundly and creatively facilitating behavioral, emotional and spiritual growth.  We place a high priority on providing an environment that supports an unlimited capacity for learning, and we seek qualified individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those we serve. 

     

    Benefits of Working at Center For Discovery

    At Center For Discovery you will have the opportunity to work closely within a team of professionals consisting of eating disorder and mental health experts, all dedicated to promoting lasting health and healing.  Clinical supervision and guidance are provided on total client care and therapeutic milieu management, as well as career growth and personal development oversight.  You will develop an individualized growth plan which will help you develop your professional skills and career objectives.

    Additional benefits include:

    • Modern, home-like office space
    • Team-building exercises and activities
    • Family-style meals provided

    The Facility

    Your workplace is in a beautiful home in a nice residential neighborhood, with bedrooms, kitchen, living rooms and more (for a virtual tour please visit our website at CenterForDiscovery.com).  Treatment in this home setting allows our clients to feel comfortable in familiar surroundings and provides greater transferability and internalization of the treatment experience for when returning home.  Generally, we accommodate no more than six clients at a time to optimize individualized treatment plans and provide a high staff-to-client ratio. 

     

    The Position

    This is an part-time position where hours are determined based on scheduling needsThe Diet Technician consults with the Registered Dietitian to ensure implementation of the best standard of nutrition and dietary services. Responsibilities include dietary support, grocery budget allocation, client menu planning, maintaining a clean and well stocked kitchen, cooking and baking as needed, and appropriately discerning between appropriate and inappropriate client eating behaviors. This experience will prepare you to be a Registered Dietitian with hands on experience, learning from dedicated professionals, and working closely with a complex population.

    Qualifications

    • Must have a thorough knowledge of nutrition and dietary interventions in the mental health field
    • The Diet Tech must have experience in dietary education
    • Ability to communicate with persons from all educational and cultural backgrounds
    • Have strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Must demonstrate tact, initiative, resourcefulness, a professional manner, enthusiasm, and a non-judgmental attitude
    • Be self-motivated and creative
    • Ability to demonstrate understanding of the medical consequences of eating disorders, the hazards of re-feeding and how to avoid complications
    • Ability to implement an individualized menu plan for each of the different types of eating disorders
    • Ability to implement specific dietary exchange patterns through knowledge of portion size and caloric recommendations set by the Registered Dietitian
    • Ability to maintain professional boundaries with staff and clients
    • Ability to communicate effectively to all staff in implementing the dietary programs
    • The Diet Tech must be pursuing a career in the field of Nutrition, through an Accredited Undergraduate Program in Nutrition or Diet Tech Certification Program
    • Must have the ability to provide documentation or obtain a state-required food handlers permit, or Serve Safe Certification, upon hire

     

    Responsibilities

    • Purchasing all grocery items for facility, considering variety, special diets, and food safety
    • Maintaining a well-stocked kitchen
    • Upholding proper sanitation requirements
    • Analyzing food service providers to ensure quality products at cost effective prices
    • Preparing dinner daily, monitoring client consumption of appropriate exchange pattern
    • Cooking and baking with clients as therapeutically recommended by Dietitian
    • Participating in fun food challenge and restaurant experiences
    • Enforcing dietary program and advise clients appropriately on food choices
    • Conducting weekly client calorie counts

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