General Summary: The Therapeutic Support Staff will provide one-on-one interventions to a child or adolescent across recommended environments (i.e., home, school, community) when the behavior without this intervention would require a more restrictive treatment, residential, or educational setting. Specific therapeutic staff supports services include: crisis intervention techniques, behavior modification interventions, implementing reinforcements, emotional support, time structuring activities, reinforcement and consequence strategies, and psycho-social rehabilitative activities as prescribed in the treatment plan or behavior plan designed by the qualified clinician.
Supervision: The Therapeutic Support Staff will report directly to the Program Coordinator for non-clinical supervision and program functions. Clinical supervision is provided by a Masters or Doctoral level professional also employed by Lycoming Therapeutic Wraparound Services, Inc., who are under the Direct Supervision of a Licensed Psychologist. If the Therapeutic Support Staff provides services 20 hours or less per week, one half hour of clinical supervision is needed per week. If the Therapeutic Support Staff provides more than 20 hours per week, one hour of clinical supervision is needed per week. Supervision can occur on site or in a group setting at Lycoming Therapeutic Wraparound Services Office.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Implement treatment plan.
- Provide written documentation of therapeutic progress.
- Collaborate and Consult with other members of the treatment team, professionals, or other significant individuals working with the child/adolescent and family.
- Data Collection with the member, family, or other systems.
- Observation of the member with the team member present.
- Recognize Antecedents to behavior.
- Participate in required trainings.
- Participate in staff supervisions.
- Adhere to monthly prescriptions of clients.
- Accurately represent services and Lycoming Therapeutic Wraparound Services.
- Follow the Corporate and Compliance Plan.
- Follow APA (American Psychological Association) ethics code.
Minimum Education, Credentials, and Experience:
- Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or Related field.
- Must have Act 33 clearances: FBI, Child Abuse, and State.
- Must have a valid driver’s license with independent transportation.
- Must possess and or be listed on a car insurance policy
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of Functional Behavioral Assessments.
- Knowledge of positive behavior interventions and supports.
- Knowledge of mental illness and the ability to implement interventions (i.e., individual and family) to support improvements in symptoms and functioning.
- Ability to collect and analyze data.
- Ability to build healthy relationships (i.e., therapeutic and professional), as well as to function in a team environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain professional boundaries and ethical standards, as well as to maintain confidential and sensitive information.
- Ability to read, write, and communicate using the English Language.
- Working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Software products.
- May require prolonged sitting (i.e., sometimes on the floor) or standing and frequent use of the telephone or computer.
- Requires sufficient physical capacity to perform Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI).
- Requires normal vision and hearing.
- Hours and schedules are variable and are determined on an as-needed basis by client, team, and family.
- Schedules may be determined up to six months in advance.
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the individual and agency.
- Interventions are offered in the client’s home, school, and/or community.
- Requires working with children with moderate to severe emotional or behavioral issues and their families.
- The clients may become aggressive and require crisis intervention.
Requires working with children on their level which could require sitting on the floor.