Mental Health Technician (Entry-Level Direct Care)
Position located in Orefield/Schnecksville, PA
We are seeking staff to work with at-risk youth. We take pride in our structured program that focuses on changing a client’s behaviors, thinking patterns, and values. Our program primarily focuses on implementing behavioral changes to assist with a successful reintegration into the home, family, and community.
The Mental Health Technician is responsible for providing direct supervision and direction to emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and adolescents in a compassionate and respectful manner. This includes requiring an unwavering commitment to the safety of kids and being aware of all ongoing developments and concerns, on a daily basis, of all children in their care. This responsibility also includes demonstrating the ability to distinguish between discipline and punishment as well as seeing past a child’s surface behavior to recognize the children in need of help. Additionally, there is an innate desire to build trusting and supportive relationships with all of our children and recognize this as a prerequisite for implementing individualized treatment and unit programming.
- Ensure a safe and secure environment. Act immediately to remove all dangers or threats to the welfare of our clients and know the whereabouts of all children in your care.
- Demonstrate skills in the areas of relationship building, appropriate boundaries and role modeling with children.
- Demonstrate care, compassion, respect, integrity, truthfulness and ethical behavior with children as well as interactions with other staff members.
- Supervise daily routines and responsibilities of children and ensure performance of daily self care tasks assisting when necessary. Provide minor first aid treatment where necessary.
- Supervise the morning routines of the children in a supportive, professional manner.
- Fully perform restraints (as necessary) when ordered by a licensed professional using the current approved KidsPeace restraint methodology on youth clients who may weigh in excess of 250 pounds and who are physically threatening or otherwise presenting a threat to themselves or others.
- Participate in the planning and implementation of individualized treatment plans as well as daily treatment schedules in accordance with House/Module programming.
- Communicate all relevant client information obtained by daily Supervision to appropriate treatment team members on a timely basis.
- Follow all KidsPeace policies regarding medication administration. Distribute all prescribed medication to children and complete all necessary documentation.
- Complete 40 hours of training per calendar year in accordance with all corporate and regulatory requirements.
- Understand and make certain you are in compliance with all regulatory bodies and KidsPeace policies regarding documentation of services.
- Understand and comply with all laws, regulations, and ethical practices.
- Understand the duty to report a belief of a violation of laws, regulations, standards and ethical practices.
Education, Training, and Experience:
- Must be at least 21 years of age and have an active valid driver’s license.
- Candidates must be in pursuance of an Associates/Bachelors degree in a relatable field.
- High School Diploma/GED required.
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