Therapeutic Staff Support- TSS


: $46,700.00 - $64,900.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Healthcare - Allied Health


Children's Behavioral Health Services offers programs in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia Counties that serve children and adolescents, ages 2 through 21, with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. We are committed to providing comprehensive community based services through education, intervention, and the identification of resources to empower children and adolescents to develop to their full potential. We provide the most clinically appropriate services in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner. Because we see each child as an individual, we are able to offer collaborative, family oriented solutions rooted in recovery and resiliency principles.

The Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS) provides one-on-one interventions including crisis intervention, behavior management support, emotional support, time-structured activities, and psychological rehabilitative activities to children/adolescents who manifest a wide range of disabilities and functioning levels at homes, schools, day care, and/or community. The provision of these services allows the child to remain in the least restrictive treatment or education setting.

  • * Carries out specific interventions that are identified in the behavioral treatment plan developed by the Behavioral Specialist Consultant and the Interagency Team
  • * Teaches the child positive social skills in order to avoid or decrease socially inappropriate, threatening and/or dangerous behavior
  • * Models and explains the appropriate intervention to the child, family and/or teacher by working collaboratively with them
  • * Supports caregivers in providing immediate rewards or consequences for behavior
  • * Provides emotional support to child and family through individual and team coaching sessions
  • * Implements behavioral supports as identified in the treatment plan to support the child in their participation in activities
  • * Records data and documents progress toward child's goals
  • * Writes daily progress notes consistent with treatment goal adjectives.
  • * Completes weekly encounter forms
  • * Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and crisis intervention
  • * Performs other duties as assigned

Administrative: Clinical Supervisor; Clinical: Behavior Specialist Consultant (BSC)/Mobile Therapist


Other BHRS staff, school personnel, parents/family, managed care organizations (MCO) and funding agencies, child welfare and other state and federal agencies, physicians/medical personnel, community members, specialists/consultants.

  • * Must meet Department of Public Welfare requirements listed in the Medical Assistance Bulletin (#01-01-05), as follows:
  • o Bachelor's degree in one (1) of the following disciplines: Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice, or other human service field. If one of the above degrees is held, no work experience is required OR
  • o Bachelor's degree with any other disciplines and one (1) year verified full-time paid experience working in direct contact with children/adolescents is required OR
  • o Registered Nurse, and one (1) year verified full-time paid experience working in direct contact with children/adolescents is required OR
  • o Associates degree or 60 Credits toward a bachelor's degree, or a Licensed Practical Nurse with three (3) years verified full-time paid work experience working in direct contact with children/adolescents is required.
  • *Note: Practicum work required for the degree will not be counted as creditable work
  • *Full-time work with children/adolescents means work within behavioral health (BH), intellectual disabilities (ID), early intervention, children & youth, juvenile justice systems, education, drug & alcohol, daycare or health systems.
  • * Ability to keep pace with active children
  • * Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • * Must be able to perform CPR using agency-trained protocols
  • * Must possess excellent customer interaction, collaboration, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • * Demonstrated basic experience with Microsoft Office Word and Outlook
  • * Must have current, valid driver's license in state of residence, 3 years driving experience, and acceptable driving record

Challenging physical and behavioral aspects anticipated. See Physical Demands Checklist

Primary Function: Responsible for developing, implementing and documenting individual programs for mental health consumers. Responsible for completing mental status exams and be knowledgeable of the DSM4. Responsible to provide supportive counseling. To act as an advocate and represent clients needs and rights with outside social service agencies, families, etc. Responsible to assist and support mental health consumers in all activities of daily living. Responsible for the design and facilitation of therapeutic groups. Responsible for planning and implementing community integration plans for consumers. Responsible for administering medications as prescribed by physician. Responsible for following all doctor's orders regarding wound care, speech, Physical therapy, Occupational therapy or any other prescribed directive. Responsible for adherence to standards, procedures and schedules established by the Program supervisor and or Director of Adult Residential Mental Health Services.

Education: Minimum of Associate's degree in human service field or 60 credit hours. DPW approved Medication Administration Training (provided by Elwyn).

Experience: One to two years in the mental health field with supervisory experience preferred. Valid driver's license and a safe driving record, and continued maintenance of same.


Will develop and implement individual programs for mental health consumers and provide other individualized case management functions as directed by supervisor or director..

  • Exercises sound judgment and good decision making appropriate to assignment.
  • Will provide all appropriate documentation set forth by Director including monthly summaries, menu plans, and medication administration recording and individual behavioral/psychiatric assessments .
  • Demonstrate ability to provide mental status exams using DSM 4 criteria.
  • Provide supportive counseling to mental health consumers with personal, behavioral or social problems.
  • Develop and adherence of individual behavior management plans .
  • Will advocate for resident with outside agencies including, but not limited to Social security, Department of Public Welfare, Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Delaware County Base Service Units.
  • Will interface with families of residents other interested parties.
  • Design and facilitate therapeutic groups according to individual needs.
  • Plan and implement community integration plans for residents.
  • Administer medications to residents as directed by physician following successful completion of DPW approved medication administration training and certification.
  • Maintain communication with medical physician, psychiatrist, and pharmacist. Ability to take verbal and written physician orders and transcribe.
  • Maintain communication with appropriate ancillary service providers such as speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
  • Assist and train consumers in all aspects of selfcare in order to ensure the maximal level of independence for that individual. These area will include all aspects of personal hygiene, shopping, cooking, meal serving, budgeting, laundry and housekeeping.
  • Ensure a safe and clean living environment for residents.
  • Intervene in crisis situations.
  • Provide routine health care functions as directed such as obtaining and recording vital signs, weights and glucometer readings.
  • Encourage individuals in the constructive use of leisure time.
  • Escort residents to and from day programs and appointments.
  • Attend scheduled staff team meetings.
  • Facilitate resident house meetings.
  • Attend appropriate inservice as directed by supervisor
  • Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Observe and make written entries in the log book as directed.
  • Conduct fire drills and building inspections and provide the appropriate documentation for same.Report all problems or concerns to supervisor or director.
  • Will remain on duty until relieved.
  • Maintain current certification/recertification of CPR, First Aid and Medication Administration certification ..
  • Responsible for adherence to standards, procedures and schedules established by thePersonal care Supervisor and or Director of Adult Residential Mental Health Services. These general duties describe some principal functions of the job, but should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent int his position. The Director reserves the right to revise or change the job duties and responsibilities as needs arise.

Elwyn reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and identity, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, genetic information, disability status, military or veteran status, marital or family status, political activities or affiliations, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, and federal law. #mon #ca

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