Jul 08, 2024


  • Easterseals Iowa
  • Hybrid (Des Moines, IA, USA)
  • $55,000 - $75,000 yearly
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

Team members in this position are eligible for up to $20,000 in loan repayment.

Easterseals Iowa is looking for compassionate, dedicated, Bilingual therapists in the Des Moines metro and surrounding communities who want to empower youth and families by creating strength-based behavior change that will be sustained long after treatment ends. You will receive ongoing team support, training and supervision in the Multisystemic Therapy, (MST), model as you work with families, youth, their communities, and other key members of their support system to implement MST.

MST works in close collaboration with all involved to address the needs of youth, 12-17 years of age, who engage in problematic behavioral and/or mental health concerns, resulting in involvement in multiple systems due to their high-risk behavior, which can include out of home placement. Treatment progress is made through intensive interventions such as changing unhelpful family interactions, addressing the youth's problems with peers and in school, and increasing social support. For more information on Multisystemic Therapy, please watch the video here: How Does MST Work?


Individuals with past direct family therapy, and collaboration with community agencies with previous work in community and home-based settings are preferred and urged to apply.

This will be a full-time position. Applicants do need the flexibility to work with clients during after-hours times and participate in an on-call rotation. Position will be salaried with the option for annual raises and bonuses.

Benefits Package:

  • You'll receive expert training and ongoing consultation in provision of Multisystemic Therapy
  • You'll qualify for $20,000 in loan repayment from Polk County
  • Join a supportive and flexible team working environment
  • 20 days off the first year, increasing to 25 days off the second year
  • 403b retirement plan with a match up to 3% after the first year of employment
  • CEU allotment of $250 the first year and $500 every year after, as well as many educational opportunities offered in-house such as MST continued training, which can be used for CEUs
  • Easterseals will cover your professional association dues, (i.e. NASW, IMHCA, APT)
  • Be a part of an organization committed to our mission to provide exceptional services and leading the way to full equity, inclusion, and access through life changing disability and community services


  • Must be licensed or in the process of becoming licensed as a Masters level Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist in Iowa. 
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have reliable transportation to travel to client's homes and possibly transport multiple clients at once.
  • Must be able to pass criminal background check, driving record check, license discipline verification, and OIG check. Insurable under Easterseals vehicle insurance policy
  • Proficiency in English and a second language including Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, or

Ability and willingness to participate in on-call rotation and work a flexible schedule according to client need

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Engage in weekly case planning and evaluation of case progress, with ongoing support from your supervisor and team members, including through group supervision.

Receive regular training, professional development, supervision, and consultation activities designed to help you acquire extensive clinical skills within the MST treatment model.

  • Provide clinical treatment to families using the MST treatment model and principles. Some principles include leveraging strengths and focusing on the positive, understanding sequences of behavior, and increasing mature behavior.
  • Conduct a thorough assessment of the client and family: gather information on behaviors of concern and strengths in the family and their ecology to inform conceptualization of the problem behaviors and interactions within the family's ecological context.
  • Work comfortably with a diverse community of clients
  • Learn how to effectively connect with the families in the communities served by the team
  • Continuously work to engage the primary caregiver, family members, supports, and community agency staff in change-oriented treatment.

Interview process consists of first phone interview with Recruitment and Talent Development Coordinator, and one interview with the Director of Brain Health and MST Consultant.

License Required


Degree Required