Therapeutic Staff Support
Company: TW Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services
Posted on: December 4, 2019
Join the team at TW Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc.
to provide mental health services to children and adolescents in
the home, school and ommunity settings. The Therapeutic Staff
Support (TSS) employee gives one-on-one support to emotionally
disturbed children or adolescents. The main goals of the TSS are to
follow the treatment plan, help the child/adolescent eliminate
inappropriate behavior(s), provide emotional support to the child,
and assist those responsible for the child in fostering greater
independence and socially responsible behavior. The TSS will
encourage social integration and participation in group activities.
He or she will use rewards and consequences to achieve goals and
will record data and chart progress of the child/adolescent. Under
the supervision of one or more master's level therapists, a TSS is
- Follow the Treatment Plan. Encourage the child/adolescent to
develop and take part in activities. Encourage the child/adolescent
to voice what activities he/she would like to do. Help to make the
activities structured and interesting to the child/adolescent. For
example, help the child develop age appropriate anger and
frustration management skills. For example, help to increase the
child's attention span, planning and organizational abilities.
Encourage the child to interact and participate actively and
appropriately with peers and family members. Develop coping skills
to manage behavior.
- Follow the Treatment Plan. Encourage the child to eliminate
disruptive or dangerous behavior. For example, the child may be
making nappropriate noises or hitting another child and the TSS
responds by providing appropriate (minimally restrictive) prompts
and ongoing emotional support to help the child change his
- Follow the Treatment Plan. Always use positive behavior
reinforcement! Rather than yelling at a child, use redirection to
get him/her focused on a constructive activity. Give the child an
immediate therapeutic response that effectively redirects
maladaptive behavior, and offers suggestions for lternative
behavior. The use of physical restraint in emergency situations is
permissible only if the situation requires this action to preserve
the health or safety of the child/adolescent, or the health or
safety of others. All planned uses of restraint must be described
in the child's treatment plan.
- Attend Mandatory Weekly Supervision. TSS employees must meet
with a Master's Level Supervisor at least once weekly. TSS
employees attend mandatory supervision to discuss treatment
progress, concerns, etc. TSS with 19 hours per week or less of
assigned client hours must attend 30 minutes of weekly supervision.
TSS with 20 hours per week or more must attend 1 hour of weekly
- Transfer skills to the parent or natural caregiver. Empower the
parents/guardians in their roles as primary caregivers.
- Provide services during school hours, evening and/or weekend
- Travel to and from clients' home/school/community program to
As a TSS, you agree to follow the treatment plan and to abide by
the principles, policies and other guidelines provided by your
supervisor and those published from time to time by TW Ponessa &
Associates Counseling Services, Inc., the Pennsylvania Department
of Human Services, and the Child and Adolescent Service System
Program (CASSP). You agree to meet on a weekly basis, face-to-face
with your designated supervisor. Compliance with these requirements
is a prerequisite for your employment.
- Bachelor's Degree in Human Services field or
- Bachelor's Degree in other field and 1 year full-time paid
child/adolescent experience or
- Associate Degree plus 3 years of full-time paid
child/adolescent experience or 60 college credits with 3 years
full-time paid child/adolescent experience or
- RN with 1 year full-time paid child/adolescent experience
- LPN with 3 year's full-time paid child/adolescent
Work Experience: Prior experience must be full-time, paid working
experience with children/adolescents, if degree is not in the Human
Clearances: (Perspective employee must have the following
clearances before servicing clients.)
- PA State Child Abuse Clearance (Upon hire, prior to working
with clients, and every year thereafter)
- Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check (Upon hire, prior
to working with clients and every year thereafter)
- FBI Clearance
Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short term
disability, Paid Time Off, and Paid Holidays
T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc. offers a
competitive Employee Benefit Package to all eligible employees
after 90 days of full-time employment, including Health Insurance,
Dental and Vision Coverage, Voluntary Benefits, paid-time off and
paid holidays. Part-time employees are eligible to enroll in
Dental, Vision, and Voluntary Benefit plans, after 90 days of
part-time employment, working a minimum of 15 hours/per week. In
addition, employees have access to the discounts provided in the
Employee Perks Reward Program, including tuition discounts.
How to Apply for Employment
Interested applicants should submit the following documents:
- Employment application
- R--sum-- with cover letter
- Evidence of Degree (Transcript or Copy of Diploma)
- PA Criminal History Clearance (Act 34) - Follow the
instructions to "Submit a New Record Check" online using a credit
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) - Print
out this form, complete, and mail in as instructed.
- FBI Criminal History - Follow the instructions and enter
service code 1KG738
Please email your coverletter and resume to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or mail/fax to:
TW Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services, Inc.
410 N. Prince St.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Send questions to: email@example.com
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