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Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS)

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Basic Job Info

 
Company
 
Location
US-PA-Langhorne
 
Job Type
 
Experience Required
At least 1 year(s)
 
Degree Required
High School
 
Begin Date
7/4/2020
 
End Date
8/3/2020
 
Base Pay
N/A
 
Employment Type
Full-Time
 
Manages Others
False
 
Relocation Covered
False

Job Description

Overview

Responsible for the care and supervision of emotionally disturbed children and adolescent residential clients.  Helps clients in a positive, respectful manner that recognizes individual differences.  Models appropriate behaviors.



Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the care and supervision of emotionally disturbed children and adolescent residential clients.
  • Helps clients in a positive, respectful manner that recognizes individual differences.
  • Models appropriate behaviors.
  • Contributes to the therapeutic community. Implements, monitors, and reports upon therapeutic strategies and programming.
  • Ensures the provision of a safe and homelike atmosphere throughout the residential unit.
  • Documents client’s progress and related pertinent data.
  • Actively participates in and contributes to the therapeutic community through the implementation, coordination, and support of programmatic components.
  • Ensures the client’s safety and well-being; actively supervises clients in accordance with each client’s needs, treatment goals, program policies and procedures.
  • Relates to clients and family members in a manner that reflects an awareness of and respect for individual variances including cognitive and developmental functioning, as well as social behavior, familial, religious, cultural, and ethnic differences.
  • Assists in the development of individual treatment goals and strategies; implements planned treatment procedures under the supervision of the Program Manager or designee and, as appropriate, in consultation with the Primary Therapist, Teacher, and/or Clinical Director. Monitors, reports upon and documents progress as directed. Recommends procedural modifications to enhance client functioning.
  • Teaches and supervises clients regarding unit responsibilities, rules, contingency responses, and chores.
  • Provides supervision of client’s organization and care of clothing and personal belongings; conducts inventory procedures.
  • Provides supervision of and instruction regarding age-appropriate independent living skills, such as laundering, personal money management, utilization of community resources, and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Qualifications

  • Minimum age: 21
  • A demonstrated potential to appropriately acknowledge and respond to the multiple needs of the population served is required; effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, pursue clients on foot, and physically restraint clients (with appropriate training), bend, squat, and reach. Must be able to stand for several hours at a time
  • Prior to employment, 2 employment verifications and/or references, a completed child abuse clearance application and a completed PA State Police clearance are required. A FBI clearance application will be complete if applicable (out of state residents only)
  • To drive a program vehicle, the Employee must show proof of valid drivers license and successfully complete Woods Services driver training program.

Staff Counselor I

  • High school diploma (or equivalency) and 1 years of direct care experience required or supervised practice in lieu of the experience requirement. Experience with children/adolescents required.

Staff Counselor II

  • 12 semester behavioral health credit hours from an accredited college/university program and 1 years of direct care experience required or supervised practice in lieu of the experience requirement. Experience with children/adolescents required.

Staff Counselor III

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in human services, which includes, but may not be limited to the following: sociology, political science, counseling, criminal justice, pastoral counseling, elementary/special education of family therapy and other related fields. A minimum of 1-year direct care experience required or supervised practice in lieu of the experience requirement. Experience with children/adolescents required.
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