Nov 08, 2018

MST-CAN Family Counselor

  • Youth Villages
  • Johnson City, TN, USA
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

Program Overview:

Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) provides a holistic approach to physical abuse and neglect cases by taking into account the wide range of possible risk factors and systems involved. MST-CAN focuses on families and communities as a whole, tailoring interventions to the social ecology surrounding the individual experiencing physical abuse or neglect. 

The major goals of MST-CAN are to:

  1. keep families together
  2. assure that children are safe
  3. prevent abuse and neglect
  4. reduce mental health difficulties experienced by adults and children
  5. increase natural social supports

Position Overview:

  • Conduct MST assessment 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
  • Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement
  • Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process
  • Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the nine MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process
  • Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST-CAN treatment
  • Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
  • Participate in all MST-CAN training, supervision and consultation activities
  • Build a relationship with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, Guardians ad Litem, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers

Additional Information:

  •  Flexible schedule (based around the availability of youth and families)


  • Masters degree in a behavioral health or related field (required)
  • License or license-eligibility (preferred) 
  • Experience with at-risk population (preferred)
  • Valid driver’s license, a vehicle to use for work purposes and auto insurance (required)

License Required


Degree Required