This supervisory/lead position is responsible for providing mental health clinical training and experience to a team of 3 therapists, a crisis caseworker, and a child psychiatrist in implementing Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN). MST-CAN is a researched community-based treatment model directed at families with children ages 6 to 17 years old where there is on-going physical abuse and neglect. MST-CAN provides a holistic approach to physical abuse and neglect cases by considering the wide range of possible risk factors and systems involved. The MST model calls for simultaneously addressing all those inter-related areas.
· Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic and functional) family therapies
· Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques
· Marital therapy using behaviorally-based approaches
· Substance abuse treatment for adults and children using behaviorally-based approaches
· Behavioral therapy targeting behavioral change in children at home and school
· Trauma treatment for adults and children using exposure, cognitive therapies, and stress inoculation training
· Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the family’s natural ecology that affect or contribute to the child abuse and/or neglect (i.e., individual child, family, peer, school, and neighborhood)
· Provision of group and individual clinical supervision
· Family systems theory and application
· Social ecological theory and application
· Behavioral therapies theory and application
· Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application particularly in the areas of trauma treatment and anger management
· Family Problem Solving and Communication
· Pragmatic family therapies theory and application
· Child development research and its application in treatment
· Research on child physical abuse and neglect
· Social skills assessment and intervention
· Conduct weekly group supervision for MST-CAN team to assure adherence to MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.
· Conduct individual supervision as needed to target clinician competency needs and to remove individual barriers to effective implementation of MST-CAN treatment.
· Assure appropriate documentation of clinical effort to allow for peer and supervisory input, and to meet all reporting and communication needs of funding and referral sources.
· Provide supportive and corrective feedback to clinicians to promote client outcomes through interventions such as enacting role play and practice, attending field visits with therapists, acting as co-therapist in sessions, listening to audio tapes of clinicians’ sessions, and providing feedback about clinicians’ performance.
· Provide administrative support targeting systemic barriers to treatment success.
· Assure availability of clinical and administrative support to clinicians 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
· Assure therapist accessibility to clients when needed at times most likely to promote engagement.
· Assure that clinicians achieve engagement with all key participants.
· Provide direct clinical training to assure clinician competency in all clinical areas relating to the implementation of MST-CAN interventions. This includes enacting role play and practice, attending field visits with therapists, acting as co-therapist in sessions, listening to audio tapes of clinicians’ sessions, and providing feedback about clinicians’ performance.
· Assure that all assessments are comprehensive, multisystemic, and provide adequate information to determine the causes and correlates of referral behaviors to direct effective treatment within the ecological context.
· Ensure that each clinician has a Clinician Development Plan that is reviewed monthly and revised quarterly.
· Work with the Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina to ensure that all data for the TAM-CAN and required research measures are collected.
· Build a relationship with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, Guardians ad Litem, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure that there is a continuous stream of referrals and that customer satisfaction is high.
· Collaborates with MST-CAN expert to provide feedback, resources, and training to all team members.
· Supports weekly MST-CAN consultation through ensuring that clinicians’ paperwork is submitted to the consultant in a time manner, participating in all consultations, and collaborating with the consultant on feedback to team members.
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