Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) Worker
Pittsburgh, PA 
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Job Description
Job Description
Job Title: Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) Worker
Job ID: 97806937
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility:
Department: Intensive Wraparound
Location:

Description

Purpose:
Provide direct mental health services for children and adolescents (under 21 years of age) in their home and/or community setting who are on the verge of an acute crisis or in the midst of a chronic cycle of major crises which places the patient at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, out-of-home placement, and/or a more restrictive educational setting.

Interested candidates should be aware that staff are typically delivering therapy between 28-32 hours per week, with additional administrative tasks, to average a work week of 35-40 hours. Services occur in children's homes, childcare centers, early education centers, and communities throughout all areas of Allegheny County. We are especially looking for committed candidates who are eager to develop longstanding, therapeutic rapports with young children with ASD and their families.

Hours are Monday-Friday and range from approximately 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, depending on the needs of the child. Candidates who are currently in a Master's program should be aware that most young clients are in need of behavioral services during the day, and thus graduate classes at this time can result in too much unavailability of the clinician.

Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team and other professionals working in the home or in other community settings and participate in inter-agency service planning meetings, when possible.
  • Provide direct mental health services for children and adolescents (under 21 years of age) in their home and/or community setting who are on the verge of an acute crisis or in the midst of a chronic cycle of major crises which places the patient at-risk of psychiatric hospitalization, out-of-home placement, and/or a more restrictive educational setting.
  • Inform supervisor and treatment team promptly of any unexpected or unusual change in client functioning, i.e., behavior, family stressors, living situation, etc.
  • Assist parents in the implementation of behavioral programs designed by behavioral specialist and/or primary clinician.
  • Provide crisis intervention, immediate behavioral reinforcements, emotional support, time-structured activities, time-out procedures, passive restraint (when necessary), and additional psychosocial rehabilitation activities as prescribed in the treatment plan.
  • Attend periodic staff development training via W.P.I.C.
  • Support family's efforts to stabilize the child or adolescent and promote age-appropriate behavior by working with the family.
  • Follow the individualized treatment plan established for the child or adolescent.
  • Provide 1:1 interventions to a child or adolescent at home, school, day care, YMCA, emergency room, other community-based program, or community setting when the behavior without this intervention would require a more restrictive treatment or educational setting.
  • Attend all mandatory treatment team meetings.
  • Assist teachers in the implementation of behavioral programs designed by behavioral specialist and/or primary clinician.
  • Provide for confidentiality and demonstrate courteous, cooperative, respectful behavior towards children, adolescents and their families.
  • Maintain precise records of all patient contacts and meetings, and report this information accurately and efficiently to supervisors and treatment team.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, counseling, sociology, education, criminal justice, or similar human service field required;
OR
  • Bachelor's degree in any other field, with at least one (1) year of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents required;
OR
  • Licensed registered nurses, with at least one (1) year of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents required;
OR
  • Associate's degree, or sixty (60) credits toward a Bachelor's degree, with at least three (3) years of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents required;
OR
  • Licensed practical nurses, with at least three (3) years of full-time paid work experience in a job that involved direct contact with children or adolescents required.
  • One (1) year of experience in a Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC) - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Driver's License
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $16.72 to $26.54 / hour

Union Position: No

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Associate Degree
Required Experience
1 year
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