Sep 08, 2021

MST Community-based therapist  

  • Life's Journey
  • Norfolk, VA, USA
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description


Do you have a passion for working with children and families? Life's Journey is looking for compassionate, dedicated people in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater Region who want to empower youth and families by creating strength-based behavior change that will be sustained long after treatment ends. 

You will receive ongoing training in the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) model as you work with families, youth, their communities, and other key members of their ecology to implement MST as designed. Extensive research has proven the effectiveness of MST. MST therapists do whatever it takes, via close collaboration with all involved, to address the needs of juveniles with serious criminal offenses, including  and, in some cases, substance abuse. You will empower families to address challenging and/or problematic behavior and to help youth aged 12 - 17 make life-transforming changes. Treatment progress is made through intensive interventions such as skill building, changing unhelpful family interactions, and increasing social support, to name a few. For more information on Multisystemic Therapy, please watch this video: How Does MST Work? 

 Duties & Responsibilities 

Provide direct clinical treatment using the MST treatment model and principles. Some principles include leveraging strengths and focusing on the positive, understanding sequences of behavior, and increasing mature behavior. 

Conduct a thorough assessment of the client and family: gather information on behaviors of concern and strengths in the family and their ecology to inform conceptualization of the problem behaviors and interactions within the family’s ecological context. 

Comfort working with a diverse community of clients

Knowledge of the types of families in the community

Continuously work to engage the primary caregiver, family members, supports, and community agency staff (school, probation, child welfare) in change-oriented treatment. 

Dedicate time to weekly case planning and evaluation of case progress, with ongoing support from your supervisor and team members.  

Receive regular training, professional development, supervision, and consultation activities designed to help you acquire extensive clinical skills within the MST treatment model. 

Assure, along with fellow clinicians, that clients have access to 24 hours/day, 7 days/week support as needed. 


Master’s degree in clinical or counseling Psychology, Social Work, or a related subject area required, must be license eligible.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to travel to client’s homes and possibly transport multiple clients at once. 

Must live within a 30 – 45 minute travel time from the designated service area. 

 Preferred Experience 

Professional licensure as LPC or LCSW  field preferred but not required. 

Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic, and functional) family therapies 

Therapy with children and adults using cognitive-behavioral techniques 

Couples therapy using behaviorally-based approaches 

Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology (i.e., family, peer, school, and neighborhood) 

Collaboration and partnership with community agencies 

Previous work providing in-home or community-based therapy services 


Health and dental insurance, paid holidays, personal time off, flexible schedule, and supervision/continued education/licensing support.  

Instructions on How to Apply  

Email cover letter and resume to Please include MST Community-based therapist in the subject line. 

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Degree Required