Children's Intervention Specialist

Elwyn Philadelphia , PA 19107

Posted 2 days ago

POSITION SUMMARY: The Intervention Specialist (IS) provides intensive therapeutic services to children and their families in the home, school and other community settings. The Intervention Specialist is responsible for working directly with the client and family and providing support and assistance, when appropriate, to Mental Health Case Manager.


  • Develop the child's resiliency plan by including but not being limited to the following:

o Assessing the of strengths and therapeutic needs of child and family

o Having the child be an active participant

o Including parents or other caretakers as members of the treatment team.

o Using family and case manager to identify any necessary family support services and develop a plan to obtain identified services.

o Determining, in conjunction with child and family and other involved professionals, of the clinical need for special evaluations and services, such as psychiatric medication assessment or psychological testing.

o Collaborating with child and family and other involved professionals to develop daily routines during times of crisis and transition, as well as a 24-hour crisis plan

  • Submit the completed treatment team input form prior to the end of the authorization in accordance with program regulations

  • Provide child-centered, family-focused, individual and family psychotherapy, as agreed on with the family, in support of the resiliency plan using a strengths-based approach. Specific formats for individual and family therapy will vary according to the individualized needs of the child and may include session with

o the child individually

o the entire nuclear family

o the family and a community resource, e.g., minister, scoutmaster, mentor

o the family and teacher, guidance counselor or principal

o subsystems of the above, as clinically indicated and agreed on, e.g, parent(s), siblings

  • Respond to crisis situations using agency taught protocols and techniques in appropriate manner and make referrals to community services as needed

  • Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) to complete progress notes and authorization of services for every corresponding service provided

  • Ensure compliance with the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP) principles and principles of cultural competency during all interactions with the child and family

  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), using agency-trained protocols

  • Perform other duties as assigned

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Clinical Team Supervisor


CONTACTS: Elwyn staff, school personnel, parents/family, Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and funding agencies, child welfare and other state and federal agencies, physicians/medical personnel, community members


  • Licensed mental health clinician, psychologists, licensed professional counselors (LPC), licensed social worker (LSW) and/or licensed clinical social workers (LCSW)


Master's Degree from an accredited university in a clinical mental health discipline, such as: Psychology, counseling, Clinical Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, and Marriage and Family therapy, for example (combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees are not acceptable). The degree must include clinical coursework in the foundations of behavioral health and the provision of mental health services, i.e., counseling, abnormal psychology, psychopathology, assessment, child development, personality theory, psychotherapy lab, clinical practicum, etc. Other courses may qualify as determined by review of transcript/syllabi. In order for a degree to count as a mental health degree, the degree must contain at least (12) credit hours in core behavioral health coursework as defined above. No more than three (3) of these twelve (12) credit hours can be derived from a supervised clinical mental health practicum experience (teaching/education/other non-clinical practicum experiences will not count).

  • At least one (1) year verified post-Masters experience providing psychotherapy/counseling to children (waived for licensed clinicians as listed above); experience utilizing crisis intervention techniques preferred

  • Knowledge of evidence-based services

  • Knowledge of CASSP principles and principles of cultural competency

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • Must be able to perform CPR and crisis intervention techniques using agency-trained protocols

  • Must possess excellent customer interaction, collaboration, and written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated basic experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook,; PowerPoint preferred

  • Must have current, valid driver's license in state of residence, three (3) years driving experience, and acceptable driving record

  • Bilingual (written and oral) in the predominate secondary language in the region as identified by Community Behavioral Health (CBH) funding source preferred; required for designated Bi-lingual Intervention Specialist position

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: See Physical Demands Checklist below which represents the general physical demands and environment conditions to which the employee holding this position must meet, in addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Elwyn will engage otherwise qualified candidates for this position whose disabilities may require reasonable accommodations to enable an individual to perform the essential functions.

Elwyn reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

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