Jul 12, 2021

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Therapist

  • The Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD
  • 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX, USA
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (“The HARRIS CENTER”) is looking for a Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Therapist to join our team. Under the general direction of the Juvenile Probation Department MST Supervisor and The Harris Center’s Director of Children Services, the MST Therapist interfaces with juveniles in a placement facility/detention center or community based site. The MST Therapist provides direct clinical treatment to assigned family using methods compatible with Multisystemic Therapy (MST) principles and practices.

What you will do:

  • Responsible for engaging the primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
  • Responsible for conducting MST assessments, including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systematic strengths and weakness, and developing an analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the ecological context.
  • Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the program specific Analytic Process.
  • Performs crisis assessments to determine needed level of care, assess for safety, and formulate diagnosis.
  • Provides crisis counseling and intervention to individuals to reduce symptoms, provide education and prevent admission to a more restrictive environment.
  • Monitors and coordinates transfers to hospitals and outpatient services in accordance with treatment plan and recommendations.
  • Educates family members so that they may understand the individual’s mental health symptoms, treatment, and assists with referring to community resources.
  • Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrates compliance with the nine (9) MST Principles and MST Analytic Process.
  • Participates in all MST training, supervision, and consultation activities.
  • Collaborates with other service providers, public agencies, and key members of each families’ support system.
  • Provides information on mental health, the importance of medications and treatment compliance, and other clinical related information to individual, family, and community as needed.
  • Completes electronic documentation each workday as outlined in the contract and the agency operational guidelines. This documentation becomes part of the medical record for the Agency and Juvenile Probation Department.
  • When interacting with the community and colleagues, follows the key principles of a multi systemic therapy approach.
  • Meets Divisional and contractual program productivity standards.
  • Performs related work as assigned and adapts to changing work requirements.
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct in all professional activities.
  • Complies with the Agency, the Juvenile Detention Center, and Juvenile Placement Facilities policies and procedures.

What qualifications you will need:

  • A minimum of Master’s Degree or equivalent. MS/MA from an accredited college or university in clinical or counseling psychology, social work and/or marriage and family is required.
  • Licensed Master’s Social work preferred.
  • 2 years’ experience post graduate experience working in a clinical setting, which at least one year includes working with families.
  • Applicants may substitute one (1) year of postmasters experience with at least two (2) semester of internship in the psychological and social services unit of Harris County Juvenile Probation or Harris County Children’s Forensic Unit.
  • Must be familiar with local behavioral health providers and hospitals in the area served by the Agency.
  • Must have strong diagnostic skills, the ability to incorporate patient history, symptoms, environmental and related issues to formulate proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • Must have strong communication skills, listening and interpersonal skills.
  • Written documentation must be clear, concise, and well-constructed.
  • Must be able to work respectfully and maintain professional boundaries with other disciplines.
  • Must have effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to enter required documentation into a database and online medical record.
  • Must possess a basic or thorough knowledge of the following: family systems theory, behavioral therapy, programmatic family therapy.
  • Must demonstrate a direct use of programmatic (i.e. structural, strategic & functional) family therapies, as well as a marital therapy using behavioral based approaches.
  • Valid Driver’s License is required.
  • Must participate in 24/7 on-call rotation that includes weekends and after hours.
  • Bilingual preferred. 

What we have to offer:

The HARRIS CENTER offers competitive salary, excellent benefits package, retirement plans with company matching, prior service credit towards generous PTO accrual, outstanding wellness programs and professional development.   

Employees can also take advantage of business casual dress code, corporate discounts, and gym memberships.  New hire referral bonus, discounts are also available on an optional basis. These include mobile phone service, fitness centers and other wellness amenities.  

What else you should know:


This position is located at 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074.

This position has extensive travel, on call, and on call weekend coverage required.

This position involves working with potentially aggressive youthful offenders.

About us:

The HARRIS CENTER is the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas.  As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, The HARRIS CENTER provided care to over 79,000 people in fiscal year 2019 and has an annual budget of over $275 million.

As part of its mission to transform the lives of people with behavioral health and IDD needs in the third largest county in the United States, The HARRIS CENTER provides a full continuum of services at 86 different sites across Harris County. In addition, services are provided in more than 42 different languages as well as sign language in order to better serve what is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural communities in the nation.

By utilizing the unique expertise of its more than 2,300 employees, The HARRIS CENTER is committed to meeting the behavioral health and IDD needs of Harris County residents and giving them hope to live to their fullest potential.

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