Apr 26, 2022

Master Social Worker

  • The Child Center Of New York
  • 118-35 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY, USA
Full time MST Therapist MST Supervisor MST Expert MST Program Manager

Job Description

The Child Center of NY strengthens children and families with skills, opportunities, and emotional support to build healthy, successful lives.  Founded in 1953 as a children’s counseling center in Queens, The Child Center of NY has become a powerful community presence throughout the city. With 50 locations and 100 programs in NYC’s most under-served communities, our 1,000+ results-oriented professionals make a difference for more than 40,000 children and their families each year.


Do you have a passion for working with children and families? The Child Center of NY 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.

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. MST therapists do whatever it takes, via close collaboration with all involved, to address the needs of our clients. 

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. 


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or MHC from an accredited School of Social Work or Mental Health Counseling Program.
  • Professional licensure or a limited permit is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to plan and carry out assignments independently.
  • Ability to prioritize, adhere to timelines and multi-task.


 Preferred Experience 

Bilingual in one or more of the following: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali and others, may be required depending on client needs.

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 

The Child Center of NY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status or any other category protected by Federal, State or local law. EOE M/F/D/V

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Degree Required