May 11, 2020

Multisystemic Therapy Expert

  • Center for Effective Interventions
  • Remote
Full time MST Expert

Job Description

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver is a top 20 school of social work in the United States. The school offers a doctor of philosophy in social work degree and an MSW degree. The MSW program spans residential campuses in Denver, Durango, and Glenwood Springs with a new online MSW@Denver program in partnership with 2U, Inc.

The Center for Effective Interventions (CEI) is part of GSSW and is a Network Partner for Multisystemic Therapy (MST). As part of CEIs mission, we provide support to agencies delivering MST predominately in the Rocky Mountain West, including Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Washington.

Position Summary

A Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Expert will train, support, and guide MST programs to help them effectively implement the Multisystemic Therapy treatment model. An MST Expert will provide training and guidance in the theory and application of MST to personnel involved with the MST program and who hold a variety of positions including clinicians, supervisors, administrators, and policy makers. With the direct support of an MST coach, the MST expert will provide to assigned MST programs weekly telephone consultation, ongoing training to the MST therapists and supervisors, and support regarding organizational and systems issues. MST expert positions may work remotely and travel extensively.

This full-time benefited is reliant on contract funding. The position will be renewed annually based on available funds. This individual in this position is eligible to work on site at the University of Denver or remotely and has regular travel requirements. Relocation is not required for this position.

Essential Functions

  • Maintains expert knowledge of MST and its component parts. Engages in ongoing QA of experts work and professional development processes with MST coach and the Network Partner Director.
  • Provides weekly consultation for up to 10 teams implementing MST.
  • Provides training and support to MST supervisors and therapists on a regular and ongoing basis, documenting training and support activities via written development plans.
  • Conducts portions of Multisystemic Therapy 5-Day orientation and Advanced Supervisor Workshops, as assigned.
  • Determines additional training needs of MST supervisors and teams. Coordinates quarterly booster training including scheduling, preparation of materials, communication with customer personnel regarding training logistics, and facilitating all activities required to successfully complete training and evaluation. Serves as a resource to supervisors and therapists for additional materials relevant to their training needs regarding research-proven interventions.
  • Engages in initial start-up and ongoing Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement activities with each team. With support, assesses strengths and needs, and develops plans to address needs at the level of provider and community systems that impact the functioning of the MST program, including via Program Implementation Reviews (PIRs).
  • Provide team coverage for other MST Experts in the Network when needed.
  • Organize and participate in calls with NP Director and agency sites as needed.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Clinical competence in family therapy, behavior therapy, and child development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Familiarity with research literature on the causes, correlates, and treatments of delinquency desirable
  • The MST Expert will be expected to perform with self-disciplined independence in an environment of ongoing accountability
  • Strong leadership skills, approaches work with integrity and open to continuous learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to effectively engage individuals from broadly diverse communities

Required Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in psychology, Social Work, or related field
  • Experience as an MST Supervisor, with evidence of success in that role
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and make effective public presentations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience providing community-based and home-based service delivery using systemic approaches to treatment preferable
  • Prior experience in the MST Expert role
  • Experience teaching professionals or graduate students preferable

Working Environment

1. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
2. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
3. Frequent travel is required.

Physical Activities

Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on May 1, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter (Include your experience with MST)

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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