Sep 23, 2019

MST Therapist

  • Haven House services
  • $40,000 yearly
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

Department:              MST

Reports To:                 MST Supervisor

FLSA Status:                Exempt



Provide in-home therapy to family members who have a youth diagnosed with a mental health condition using the principles and practices of Multi-Systemic Therapy. 



  • Conducts MST assessments 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.
  • Engages primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
  • Implements a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review, and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process.
  • Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
  • Collaborates with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy in and cooperation throughout MST treatment.
  • When MST has identified barriers to transportation of consumer and his/her family to an appointment that is written into the goals of treatment and no other natural support can be identified, then the MST therapist may assist with transport to and from the said appointment.
  • Maintains appropriate contacts with regulatory agencies and community referral sources and collaborate as needed.
  • Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the 9 MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.  MST therapist will meet all requirements for MST documentation and adhere to any and all guidelines for documentation completion as identified by regulatory agencies and/or funding sources.
  • Participates in all agency training, and MST training, supervision, and consultation activities.
  • Participates in agency outreach and fundraising events
  • Demonstrates a willingness to assist in other agency programs as needed
  • Acts as a custodian and demonstrates responsible and ethical use of agency property and facilities
  • Displays sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Strives to embody the agency’s Code of Ethics while working towards the agency’s Mission.
  • Learns and demonstrates Agency-wide Competencies including the areas of consumer and community relationships, continuous individual and agency-wide improvement, vision and purpose, respect and teamwork and positive leadership
  • Learns, develops, and models Positive Youth Development core competencies resulting in capacity to contribute to the mission of Haven House Services and be a resource to our youth and families, other partner organizations, and our community
  • Other duties as assigned




EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master's degree in human services with a minimum of two years of experience with youth and families; or Bachelors degree in human services field with significant clinical experience.  Experience treating youth with serious mental health issues, including antisocial behaviors.  Knowledge of the NC Juvenile Court System, local community resources, and experience with client documentation and file management.


Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Part of programs on-call rotation
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • Willingness to utilize personal vehicle when agency vehicles are unavailable for transporting clients
  • Exposure to outside weather conditions
  • Potential exposure to bloodborne and/or airborne pathogens


Other Requirements:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred 
  • Valid North Carolina Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record
  • Acceptable background report
  • Negative drug screen results
  • Proof of current/valid car insurance
  • Personal vehicle for use in conducing home visits and/or transporting clients when agency vehicles are unavailable


License Required


Degree Required