Support Therapist – Friendship Academy
The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time support therapist at Friendship Academy, a special education school for children with emotional and behavioral disorders. The support therapist is responsible for overall maintenance of a safe, comfortable, and nurturing school environment.
- Support the classroom therapists in the safe management of the classroom environment.
- Maintain emotional control in the face of stressful situations and requests help when needed.
- Contribute to building a team environment and cohesiveness.
- Display flexibility and adapts to changes in the work environment.
- Make appropriate decisions in a timely manner.
The Support Therapist manages the following areas:
- Admission and dismissal from school including early morning scanning of students for contraband (weapons, cigarettes, matches, lighters, gang-related materials, etc.). At dismissal this includes the safe escort and active supervision of students.
- Gives feedback to the students on areas of strength and needed improvement.
- De-escalates potential crisis situations and maintains the time out area in a safe manner and follows time out procedures.
- As assigned, provides coverage at the front desk crisis phone.
- Relieves the classroom therapist when necessary, substitutes as assigned and provides coverage to the Sanctuary Room.
- Proactively performs observations of students’ behavior in the hallways and classrooms.
- Attends and contributes to treatment team, red flag, and debriefing meetings and other student-related meetings as requested.
- Within the partial program completes at least two milieu individual therapy notes per day.
- Supports and contributes to the school-wide behavioral support plan and other behavioral data reports including Watson Financial, behavioral Reports, restraint forms and AWOL reports.
- Responsible for reviewing e-mail on a daily basis with specific emphasis on the Enhanced Observation list.
- As assigned, responsible for training staff in Comprehensive Crisis Management.
- Performs other duties pertinent to the job as directed by the Program Supervisor.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Child Development, Criminology, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, or closely related field required
- Related work experience in field preferred
- Certification in Comprehensive Crisis Management
- Current PA Acts 34, 114 and 151 Clearances
- Ability to exert moderate physical effort, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, and brisk walking
- Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others