Position: MST Therapist
Reports to: MST Supervisor
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Revision Date: 12/01/2020
MST Therapists provide intensive, family-focused and community-based treatment programs for chronically violent youth.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- 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.
- Maintains 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.
- Collaborates with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST treatment.
- Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
- Participates in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities.
- Represent the organization in a professional manner
- Promote the organization’s vision, ethical standards, and public service
- Experience and ability to work with children and their families from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic environments.
- Experience serving children/adolescents with DSM-V diagnosis (mental health needs) and their families.
- Self-motivated and committed to continuing personal and professional growth.
- Competence in written and oral communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
- Basic computer skills and literacy.
- Able to meet deadlines and handle multiple responsibilities.
- Demonstrate ability to function under pressure and independently.
- Effective, empathetic, interpersonal skills (oral and written) that build mutual trust and respect with youth and their families, agency staff, and the professional community.
- Demonstrate ability in working collaboratively with professional colleagues, local and state officials, referral sources and community groups.
- Experience in speaking to professionals and parent groups.
- Ability to problem solve with the assistance of the supervisor
- Adaptability, views change as an opportunity for learning and growth
- Seek and participate in opportunities for professional growth
- 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)
- 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
Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related subject area. Persons with a related bachelor’s degree and significant clinical experience in treating serious antisocial behavior in youth may also qualify at the discretion of the agency.