Nov 24, 2021

Community Based Multisystemic Therapist

  • Crossroads Health
  • 8445 Munson Road, Mentor, OH, USA
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description


Do you have a passion for working with children and families? Crossroads Health in Mentor, Ohio is looking for compassionate, dedicated people who want to empower youth and families by creating strength-based behavior change that will be sustained long after treatment ends.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families.

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, mental health needs and, in some cases, substance use. You will empower families to address challenging behaviors 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?

MST has been proven effective at decreasing antisocial behaviors, arrest rates and out-of-home placements, while improving family relations and functioning. MST therapists concentrate on empowering parents and improving their effectiveness by identifying strengths and developing natural support systems and removing barriers. In the family–therapist collaboration, the family takes the lead in setting treatment goals and the therapist helps them to accomplish their goals. 

Duties & Responsibilities

· Provide direct clinical treatment using the MST treatment model and principles to a small case load of youth and their families. 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. 

More specifically, this role is responsible for:

• Providing trauma informed services to clients and their family system.

• Providing short term therapeutic services using trauma informed practices to aid in family healing and stabilize the home environment.

• Providing services primarily in consumer homes, as well as travel to homes and other locations

• Coordinating care with other social service providers including juvenile court, school, probation and Job and Family Services.

Position Requirements

• Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or Mental Health related field of study required.

• LSW/LPC required. LISW or LPCC preferred.

• Two (2) years of experience in the mental health field preferred.

• Able to work 2 evenings a week.

• Must be able to work individually and in a team.

• A strong dedication to providing quality care to youth and families who have experienced traumatic events.

• Must have an acceptable driving record (4 pts. or less), reliable transportation, and carry automobile insurance with minimum liability limits of $100,000/$300,000 and property damage of $50,000.

This position offers:

• Supervision available for clinicians seeking professional licensure.

• Flexible schedules to support a work life balance.

• Paid Time Off plus 9 paid holidays.

• Competitive compensation and benefits including health, dental, vision, 403b, short term disability, and paid training.

· Liberal Stipend for On Call Duties

· $2,500 Sign On Bonus

Our Organization is committed to equal employment opportunity. We do not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender/sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniform service member status, genetic information, or any other status protected by law.

License Required


Degree Required

Masters, Bachelors