Denver Area Youth Services

Full time
Denver Area Youth Services Denver, CO, USA
DAYS mission:             To provide a continuum of human services for all children, youth, and families. Position Summary:    To provide intensive, in-home and community-based MST therapy services to children and their families throughout Denver, Douglas, Adams, and Weld Counties. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST has been proven effective at decreasing antisocial behaviors, arrest rates and out-of-home placements, while improving family relations and functioning. MST therapists concentrate on empowering parents and improving their effectiveness by identifying strengths and developing natural support systems and removing barriers. In the family-therapist collaboration, the family takes the lead in setting treatment goals and the therapist helps them to accomplish their goals. The qualified, selected applicant will carry a very small caseload, and work intensively with referred youth, their caregivers, juvenile court and other involved community resources. The position offers excellent professional development opportunities including extensive initial and ongoing training and expert team consultation in the MST model, family therapy, and other evidence-based interventions that support the attainment of treatment goals. Primary Responsibilities: Conduct MST assessment including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses, and developing an analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the ecological context. Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement. Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, case outcome review, and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process. Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process. Ability to engage and collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system, to maintain alignment throughout MST treatment. Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices. Participate in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities. Minimum Qualifications and Requirements: Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related subject area. Persons with a related bachelor’s degree and significant clinical experience in treating youth may also qualify at the discretion of the agency. Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic and functional) family therapies Individual interventions with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques Marital interventions using behaviorally-based approaches Behavioral interventions targeting school behavior and academic performance Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. family, peer, school, and neighborhood) Collaboration and partnership with community agencies Previous work providing in-home or community-based mental health services Competent in computer skills required. Must have own car and clean driving record, significant driving is required.
Feb 14, 2019