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What Is a Therapeutic Support Staff and How to Become One

What Is a Therapeutic Staff Support Worker?

A therapeutic support staff (TSS) worker works with at-risk children and youth, giving them individualized mental health care. Their main job duties include traveling to a child’s home or school to provide counseling, or meeting with them at an office where they can discuss behavior and mental health issues in a safe and comfortable environment. Qualifications for this career often include experience working closely with children or young adults, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in child psychology or a related field, and certification. Other important job skills include patience, empathy, good verbal communication, and the ability to handle difficult or stressful situations.