Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Mental Health Technician Supervisor in Malvern, Pennsylvania

Devereux's Children's Behavioral Health Center (DCBHC), located in Malvern, PA is seeking A Full-Time, 2nd shift Mental Health Technician Supervisor. DCBHC is an acute, inpatient hospital specializing in the stabilization and tretment of children and adolescents in psychiatric crisis.

A Shift Supervisor performs patient care activities/services for assigned patients; assists in maintaining a safe and therapeutic treatment environment that meets the physical, emotional, and personal needs of patients. Under the direction of the Operations Manager, provides leadership, guidance and support to the assigned unit and serves in a mentoring role for Mental Health Technicians.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Provides direct care services in accordance with program schedule and individualized treatment plan.Follows program schedules ,

effectively transitions clients, introduces & provides rationale for activities; gives clear instructions and ensures participation of all patients.

  1. Applies approved behavior management techniques designed to encourage appropriate social behavior.Serves as a positive role model by providing an example for acceptable behavior, language, and dress.Effectively utilizing level system and/or individualized treatment strategies for patients.

  2. Assists in the provision of a safe and therapeutic treatment environment according to established policies and procedures. Utilizes appropriate and approved therapeutic interaction skills with patients (e.g., New Directions techniques in areas to include praise, making requests, warnings, and facilitating transitions).

  3. Utilizes crisis physical intervention techniques and seclusion and restraint training appropriate to the degree of threat to the safety of the patient and others and in accordance with Devereux’s Safe & Positive Approaches (SPA) Intervention standards.

  4. Observes and reports in a timely manner noticeable changes in patient behaviors to the Nurse Manager and/or designated treatment team member.

  5. Provides direct supervision of assigned patients during on and off unit programming. Takes responsibility for the whereabouts, safety and general welfare of assigned patients at all times.

  6. Provides accurate, timely, and consistent documentation of patient behaviors in the appropriate record.

  7. Participates in the orientation of new employees by serving in a mentoring role as well as familiarizing new employees with policies, procedures and common practices.

  8. Provides leadership, support and guidance to Mental Health Technicians on assigned unit.

Organization Profile

Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, we operate a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year. We help empower children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Our Philosophy of Care operates under the core principles of Individualized Services; Effective and Accountable Services; and Positive, Behavioral Approaches.

Additional Details

The primary purpose of Devereux is to provide quality service to those entrusted to our care by their families, guardians, agencies, and other designated parties. The most critical resource we have to accomplish this task is our employees. No intervention can be implemented without the assistance of competent employees who are physically and mentally prepared to carry out this tremendous responsibility.

For this reason, in addition to a competitive salary, Devereux provides a comprehensive health and welfare benefits program to eligible full-time employees, family members, and domestic partners. Health and welfare programs include medical, dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health services, and an Employee Assistance / Work Life Balance Program, as well as generous time-off policies, and a 403 B retirement plan. Additionally, voluntary, employee paid, Vision and Supplemental Life Insurance are available to FT employees.

It is the intent of Devereux to continue to offer these benefits; however, we reserve the right to change or stop them at any time, with or without notice.

Keywords: Direct Care, Leader, Shift Leader, Supervise, supervisor, lead tech, Mental Health, TSS, Therapeutic, DSP


Education & Experience:

Bachelors degree from an accredited college with at least twelve credits hours in a human services discipline to include but not limited to psychology, sociology, social work, education, pastoral counseling, political science, heath, recreation, criminal justice, counseling; and a minimum of one year direct care experience; OR 60 college credits from an accredited college with at least twelve credit hours in a human services discipline (as described above), and three years direct care experience.**

Physical Requirements:

Significant amounts of walking, sitting, and standing. Some lifting and/or managing resistance required related to applying physical intervention techniques – upwards of 75-100 lbs. or more. Some repetitive wrist/hand movements, normal hearing and vision. Occasional use of computers and office equipment. Occasional driving of Devereux vehicles for business purposes. Ability to meet 100% mastery of Safe and Positive Approaches (SPA) techniques.**

Work Environment:

Regularly works outdoors and inside areas that are adequately lighted and ventilated. Some fluctuations in temperature. Protective equipment – latex gloves, facial mask protective eyewear, gown. Possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Physical involvement in exercise of SPA techniques (when required).**

About the Organization: The employment policies of Devereux are to recruit and hire qualified employees without discrimination because of race, religion, creed, color, age, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, disability, veteran status, communication ability, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation and to treat them equally with respect to compensation and opportunities for advancement - including upgrading, promotion and transfer - consistent with individual skills and the needs of Devereux.

EOE Statement: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for this position without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to race, religion, sex, color, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or uniform service member status.

Devereux is a drug-free workplace, drug testing required. EOE