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Mental Health Technician / Classroom Assistant

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Job Description

On a picturesque 36-acre campus in Plymouth Meeting, PA, Gemma Services Martin Luther School (SS/MLS) offers a holistic approach in addressing the developmental, emotional, educational, spiritual and social well-being of children and families. A strong interdisciplinary philosophy guides the dedicated professionals who provide assessment, treatment and instruction within the context of innovative residential, specialized foster family care, and educational programs.

Comprehensive services are designed to address the issues of behavioral dysfunctions and developmental disabilities in children and adolescents while working toward reuniting children with their families. The efforts of all programs are focused on providing outcome-oriented treatment that is individualized, consistent and flexible, using methods that are systematic, data-based and affirming.

The impact of these services on children and their families is substantial. Many "children" return years later to express gratitude to Gemma Services for the assistance, care, and childhood they experienced while at Gemma Services.

Gemma Services is currently seeking a Mental Health Technician/Classroom Assistant for it's approved private school. This position requires an understanding of and ability to work with severely emotionally disturbed children, using behavior management techniques and crisis intervention techniques within the policies of Gemma Services Martin Luther School.  This is a 12-month position.

Responsibilities include:
1.* Assisting the classroom teacher with students' activities, limit setting and appropriate use of behavior management techniques, including therapeutic holding, if necessary.
2.* Assisting the classroom teacher with academically related activities such as duplicating; marking and distributing papers, books and supplies; and teacher directed small group or individual instruction.
3.* Assisting the teacher with routine classroom functions such as morning set-up, attendance, folder arrangement, maintaining behavior management contracts and the data collected from them.
4.* Providing structure and continuity for children during specified transition periods of the day such as recess, bathroom trips and going to and from school bus transportation and/or the residential program.

Job Requirements

Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sociology or related field preferred; previous experience working with severely emotionally disturbed children preferred.

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