Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS)
Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Full-time, Part-time

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Provide the Behavioral Specialist Consultant and other pertinent professionals with clinical data (e.g., behavioral observations, feedback from family members) to support the treatment plans objectives, as well as engaging the client in age appropriate therapeutic activities.
  • Present relevant clinical information observed in the home or social environment to the Behavioral Specialist Consultant in a timely manner.
  • As directed by the Behavioral Specialist Consultant assist in the development and implementation of behavioral programs and other therapeutic interventions as specified in the Treatment Plan.
  • Respond appropriately to cases that have emergency needs and respond all information immediately to the Behavioral Specialist Consultant to further promote stabilization.
  • Use supervision/consultation effectively to improve the quality of therapeutic services.
  • Help families interpret and clarify short and long-term goals based on interactions with clients and their families.
  • Assist each client and family in developing a discharge plan that indentifies resources pr persons who can provide continued support beyond termination of services and develop linkages to those community resources and persons.
  • Maintain an ongoing dialogue regarding clients progress toward treatment goals with the Behavioral Specialist Consultant.
  • Present periodic updates (e.g., progress toward goals) during interagency team meetings and/or conferences as requested by the Behavioral Specialist Consultant.
  • Ensure that all weekly progress notes for therapeutic services, monthly narrative reports and other required written documents clearly reflect treatment goals that are indicted in the Treatment Plan and progress toward meeting the goals. Provide all information in a manner and as specified the Behavioral Specialist Consultant.
  • Maintain the appropriate intervention hours via face-to-face contact specified the Treatment Plan.
  • Meet weekly with the Behavioral Specialist Consultant to discuss clients and familys progress toward treatment goals.
  • Attend trainings, workshops or conferences that will develop and maintain knowledge of mental health interventions, legal requirements and rules and regulations for referring authorities and third payers.
  • Work collaboratively with treatment staff and other agency professionals and use supervision/conclusion effectively to improve the quality of therapeutic services.
  • Follow Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation special incidents reporting procedures and provide the Behavioral Specialist Consultant with information on potential issues of safety and ethical/confidentiality dilemmas.
  • Adhere to all of the Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation personnel policies and the Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Code of Conduct.

  • Required – Associates degree or 60 credits toward a bachelors degree, or a Licensed Practical Nurse with three (3) years verified full-time paid work experience working in direct contact with children/adolescents.
  • Preferred – Bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice or other Human Service field; no work experience required.
  • Preferred – Bachelors degree in any other field, plus the equivalent of at least one (1) year of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents.
  • Licensed registered nurses with the equivalent of at least one year of full time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents.
  • Licensed practical nurses, with the equivalent of at least three years of fulltime paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children and adolescents.
  • Appropriate state required background checks (e.g., PA-Act 33/34 Clearance)
  • Training and experience in crisis intervention.
  • Minimum of one year experience in working with children and adolescents in a CASSP System.