Direct Support Professional (1:1) - Part-Time/Temp position (8:30a - 3:00p)
Devereux - Malvern, PA

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Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, we operate a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year. We help empower children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Our Philosophy of Care operates under the core principles of Individualized Services; Effective and Accountable Services; and Positive, Behavioral Approaches.

Organization Profile

The Devereux Children's Behavioral Health Services, established in 1995, operates several locations throughout Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. Our innovative services utilize a contemporary continuum of mental health care including an Behavioral Health Center, Residential Treatment Facilities, Approved Private Schools, Pre-vocational and Vocational programs. These facilities continue to evolve to meet the needs of the surrounding communities and our broad referral base encompassing Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

We specialize in the treatment of children, teenagers, and young adults with emotional and psychological challenges ages 4 to 21, depending upon the program. Our programs include residential treatment programs at the Brandywine, Stone and Gables, and Mapleton campuses; an accredited day school; community-based services; treatment foster care and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Diagnoses served include:
Disruptive behavior disorders including, conduct, oppositional defiant, attention deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress, intermittent explosive and affective disorders.
History of sexual/physical abuse, school refusal, psychotic symptoms and fears/anxieties interfering with social functioning, moderate to severe psychiatric disorders,
Neurological impairments,developmental disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders & Aspergers.

Detailed Description

Hours are: Monday - Friday 8:30-3:00pm (during school hours)
As a 1:1 Direct Support Professional, your responsibilities include:
1. Provides direct support services in accordance with school schedule and individualized education plan. Follows school schedules, effectively transitions assigned client, and gives clear instructions and ensures participation of assigned client. Supports and assists classroom teacher by reinforcing student learning goals and objectives.
2. Demonstrates knowledge of and applies approved behavior management techniques designed to encourage appropriate social behavior. Serves as a positive role model by providing an example for acceptable behavior, language, and dress. Effectively utilizing level system and/or individualized treatment strategies for clients as developed by the treatment team.
3. Provides direct supervision of assigned client during on and off school programming. Takes responsibility for the whereabouts, safety and general welfare of assigned client at all times. Follows routine and increased supervision protocols. Utilizes and completes client accountability sheets.

4. Utilizes appropriate and approved therapeutic interactions skills with clients in accordance with the New Directions Modules, specifically, Building Relationships, Listening, Praising Effectively, Making Requests, and Leading Activities. Quarterly training is completed by the due date.

5. Utilizes crisis physical intervention techniques appropriate to the degree of threat to the safety of the client and others and in accordance with Devereux Safe and Positive Approaches (SPA) standards.

6. Observes and timely reports to the appropriate supervisor and/or treatment team member, noticeable changes in client behaviors and/or health conditions.

7. Provides accurate, timely, and consistent documentation of client behaviors. Assists with class work and provides supervision during testing. May assist in correcting student papers/tests.

8. Annual Training and certifications remain up to date and complete.

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Job Requirements

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited program in an area of human services, which includes, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, etc. AND one (1) year of human service experience OR two (2) years of direct care experience and a high school diploma or GED plus 12 semester credit hours in sociology, psychology, criminal justice, special education, etc. from an approved educational program.
Physical Requirements: Significant amounts of walking, sitting, and standing. Some lifting and/or managing resistance required related to applying physical intervention techniques � upwards of 75-100 lbs. or more. Some repetitive wrist/hand movements, normal hearing and vision. Occasional use of computers and office equipment. Occasional driving of Devereux vehicles for business purposes. Ability to meet 100% mastery of Safe and Positive Approaches (SPA) techniques.

Additional Details

The primary purpose of Devereux is to provide quality service to those entrusted to our care by their families, guardians, agencies, and other designated parties. The most critical resource we have to accomplish this task is our employees. No intervention can be implemented without the assistance of competent employees who are physically and mentally prepared to carry out this tremendous responsibility.

For this reason, in addition to a competitive salary, Devereux provides a comprehensive health and welfare benefits program to eligible full-time employees. These health and welfare programs include medical, dental, prescription, preventative care, mental health services, and an Employee Assistance Program, as well as generous time-off policies.

Devereux offers Voluntary Medical and / or Dental Coverage; available to eligible PTemployees and FT employees who have not yet satisfied the eligibility waiting period for FT benefit offerings.

**It is the intent of Devereux to continue to offer these benefits; however, we must reserve the right to change or stop them at any time, with or without notice.

Contact Information

For consideration, apply online at Please include a cover letter describing your skills, experiences and salary requirements, along with your resume. To learn more about Devereux, please visit our home page at

Devereux is a drug-free workplace, drug testing required. EOE

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