Nov 06, 2019


  • Southern Colorado Community Action Agency
  • Remote
  • $43,000 yearly
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description




 JOB TITLE:                        Multisystemic (MST) Therapist

REPORTS TO:                     MST Supervisor

SUPERVISES:                     Not a supervisory position

EMPLOYEE STATUS:         Regular/full-time/salaried/exempt


 SUMMARY OF POSITION:  This is a professional level counseling/therapy position for treatment juvenile youth and their families using a multisystemic approach. MST training will be provided.


These are the most significant performance factors involved with this position and they will be the principal factors on which the employee will be evaluated:

  1. Conduct MST assessment to include, but not limited to:
    • Review of referral information
    • Identifying and engaging key participants
    • Identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses
    • Developing an analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the ecological context.
  2. Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
  3. Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention, outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process
  4. Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promotes peer and supervisory review and feedback. While demonstrating compliance with the 9 MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.
  5. Show ownership of and works with clinical team to ensure program is meeting targets as outlined by MST model and funding contracts.
  6. Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST treatment
  7. Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
  8. Participates in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities in a manner that supports professional development and team growth.
  9. Represents Peaceful Spirit and SoCoCAA within our communities in such a way that reflect professionalism and commitment to quality.
  10. Supports the development of a positive culture for the MST team and Peaceful Spirit as a whole
  11. Perform other related duties as assigned by the MST Supervisor or Division Director.


Masters degree or within one year of finishing master’s degree in social work, counseling, or other behavioral health related field required. Relevant work experience may substitute for degree upon Division Director and Executive Director approval. MST training is provided and no previous MST experience needed.                 

Preferred experience:

Experience treating antisocial behavior in youth

Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic and functional) family therapies.

Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques.

Marital therapy using behaviorally based approaches.

Behavioral therapy 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.)

Working within the Colorado Department of Human Services systems.

 Preferred knowledge:

Family systems theory and application.

Social ecological theory and application.

Behavioral therapies theory and application.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application.

Pragmatic family therapies theory and application.

Child development research and its application in treatment.

Social skills assessment and intervention.

 Must have demonstrated satisfactory record keeping skills.

 Recovering substance abusers must have a minimum of three years of continuous sobriety. Must abide by SoCoCAA/Peaceful Spirit Alcohol Drug Free policy.

 Must have demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in an appropriate manner.

 References must show a strong history of working well in a team setting, with associates and the public; work references will be required.

 Must pass the Criminal History and Child Abuse/Neglect background checks.

 Must have a valid Colorado driver’s license, provide evidence of insurance, and be insurable under SoCoCAA. Must provide your own vehicle, reimbursement at SoCoCAA mileage rate.


 Ability to communicate clearly and accurately, orally and in written form.

Ability to accurately complete paperwork specific to MST reporting criteria.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide.


Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times as required by the program. 

Ability to apply and work within MST Model.

Ability to maintain personal safety while conducting home visits – access home environments.

Ability to make determinations as to when to seek assistance in performance of duties. 


Lifting a minimum of 20 pounds may be required.

Position involves standing and sitting for long periods.


Frequent trips requiring entry/exit from vehicle at client homes and when making community contacts.

Frequent communication with employees, clients and others on a daily basis, including telephone as well as face-to-face interaction.

Work requires employee to provide own vehicle. 

Work is primarily out of the office and there is some exposure to stress. 


 Time as needed to serve clients.

License Required


Degree Required