Sep 19, 2022

MST Blended-Team Therapist

  • Riverwood Center
  • Saint Joseph, MI
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

Therapist- MST

Courthouse · Multi-Systemic Therapy

Saint Joseph, MI

Full Time; Salaried (We offer a competitive salary)

Posted 08/05/2021

Pay Grade: Union 13

Position Summary
Provides strengths-based multi-systemic therapy services to juvenile offenders with a history of severe mental illness, sex offenses, violent behavior and/or substance abuse who are at risk of out-of-home placement. Services are provided to the child and their family in their homes. Prepares comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment, treatment plans and periodic reviews. Completes brief assessment, crisis intervention and pre-screens as needed. Clinicians will develop home safety plans and genograms with each family. Clinicians will be available for 24/7 crisis intervention with consumers as part of a rotating on-call crisis team (While on the 24/7 on-call rotation, clinicians generally can actually expect very few crisis calls or summons to intervene). Clinicians are expected to complete progress notes within 24hrs from each clinical service. Clinicians will complete consumer court reports and attend all consumer court hearings to advocate and report progress. The program services offered are considered intensive for the high acuity cases, and clinicians can expect to spend an average of 2-3 sessions per week with each consumer for about 2hrs per session, though will carry a lower caseload. Clinicians will be expected to carry a mix of Standard MST cases and MST-PSB Cases. Clinicians will submit weekly progress summaries of each of their cases to their supervisor, as well as attend/participate in weekly group supervisions and consultation with the team’s MST expert. Expected to assist occasionally with addressing instrumental needs and provide transportation to consumers as deemed appropriate. If you would like to learn more about MST, please visit the link provided:

A Master’s Degree in an appropriate mental health discipline.

It is a preference for one to two years’ experience providing treatment to children/adolescents with serious mental illness and/or antisocial behaviors. Will have strong structural/strategic family therapy skills. Excellent computer and interpersonal skills, punctuality and time management, exceptional ability to organize, prioritize, and manage tasks simultaneously, and work independently. Must have strong analytical/problem solving and improvisation skills, and independent discretion. Must be able to collaborate and coordinate well with multiple third parties. Being a current or having been an MST therapist is a strong plus.

Must be licensed by the Michigan Department of Commerce or Professional Regulation as a LLMSW, LMSW, TLLP, LLP, LLPC or LPC. Must become fully licensed within 30 months of date of hire. Must have reliable means of transportation for home visits and maintain safe driving permit.


Caseloads are smaller for MST due to the nature and intensity of the position and therapy model. Travel mileage related to consumer services are reimbursed by the agency. Clinicians will receive additional pay for weeks they are assigned on-call rotation duties and for instances that they actively address crises (While on the 24/7 on-call rotation, clinicians generally can actually expect very few crisis calls or summons to intervene). For newly starting MST clinicians, training is provided by the agency for a 5-day Standard MST training in South Carolina and a 2-day MST-PSB (Problem Sexual Behavior) Training in North Carolina. The position is unionized and offers several union negotiated annual holidays. The position also qualifies for the 10-year federal loan forgiveness program through the Department of Education. The agency can assist in fulfilling some licensures’ supervision needs and offers in-house trainings for CEUs. Riverwood Center offers a competitive compensation package and John Hancock investment-based retirement plan option. MST will consider a $1,000 sign-on bonus for accepted candidates, with a following $500 at the end of their first year of service.

License Required


Degree Required