Jan 22, 2020

MST Therapist

  • The Family Partnership
  • Remote
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description


For more than 140 years, The Family Partnership has built strong families, vital communities, and better futures for children. We fulfill our mission through counseling, education, and advocacy, primarily in the greater Minneapolis / St. Paul area.

We Believe: Families, no matter what their form, are the foundation of strong communities.

Our Purpose Is To: Clear the path for family success.

We Pursue This By:

  • Championing the two-generation approach
  • Preventing and overcoming adverse childhood experiences
  • Demonstrating leadership in thought and action
  • Building partnerships based on trust.


MST is a highly effective and evidenced based treatment model directed at responding to and preventing antisocial or delinquent behavior in youth ages 12-17. MST therapists develop targeted interventions focused on empowering parents to address risk factors within the family, school, peer and community systems. MST is an intensive in-home therapy with a “whatever it takes” approach to partnering with parents and caregivers to keep youth at home, attending school and out of trouble with law enforcement.

MST therapists draw heavily on structural, strategic and cognitive behavioral approaches, but also work creatively to address practical barriers to parent/caregiver effectiveness by connecting with community resources, working with schools or using dedicated funds to meet therapeutic goals. MST therapists work intensively (minimum 3 sessions per week) with a small caseload (3-6) of families and a team of 4 therapists that cover the 24/7 on call schedule on a rotating weekly basis (each therapist typically has 1 week of on-call per month). The MST therapist position offers a highly competitive compensation package for both new and seasoned professionals.

The MST program has been a partnership with Hennepin County Departments of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2010, as well as the Human Services and Public Health Department. For information about this treatment model see www.mstservices.com.



  • Work in collaboration with Hennepin County DOCCR and HSPHD staff, MST team members and supervisors, family members, and schools.
  • Provide clinically effective, family-based intervention designed to promote responsible behavior.
  • Choose specific parenting interventions with the assistance of the MST supervisor and expert consultant.
  • Work with family members establishing clear goals and actively work toward goals by focusing on solutions.
  • Track the progress of treatment and measure success.
  • Attend mandatory clinical supervision, consultation and training sessions.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy or related degree from accredited school.
  • Specific experience in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy and Behaviorally-Based substance use reduction models preferred.
  • Solid mental health clinical training and experience, motivation, flexibility, and situational awareness.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability and willingness to provide home-based mental health services to parents/caregivers of youth aged 12-17 that are involved in the juvenile justice system or mental health case management and carry a caseload of four to six families.
  • Available and willing to work creatively with families to meet throughout the week, including evening sessions when needed, as well as provide rotating on-call, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week coverage.
  • Effective and confident communicator with multiple stakeholders including probation, school staff, case management as well as the family’s natural supports.
  • Valid MN Drivers’ License, access to reliable transportation, and the ability to meet agency’s driving record requirements

The Family Partnership is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII.  The Family Partnership prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment on the basis of age, race/color, disability, marital status, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, genetic information or veteran’s status. AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M / F H DV.

Our organization has a partnership with Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) to provide administrative services including management of the recruiting process. If you apply for this position, you may see references to MACC in some online materials. You may also be contacted by a MACC employee to conduct or schedule an interview.


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Degree Required