Department: Juvenile Justice
Schedule: Monday-Friday, varies by caseload
Under the direction of the Program Manager, the MST Family Therapist provides a variety of services to youth and their families, including assessment, treatment, clinical interventions and collaboration with families, youth, community agency staff, and school officials. This position is community-based and includes providing services directly in family homes, multiple times per week. Therapists manage a small case load. To support more intensive services.
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.
- Therapists receive specialized training and extensive supervision to provide services with fidelity to the MST model.
- Therapists provide services at times and locations convenient to families. And have a high level of flexibility with scheduling.
- Therapists will have exposure to a wide range of clinical needs. And opportunities to develop connections with a variety of healthcare and government agencies.
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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.
- 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 24/7-week support as needed.
- Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, or related
- Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Services or related field will be considered
- Experience working with at-risk youth, and /or community-based treatment
- A valid IL driver's license
- Reliable transportation (proof of insurance may be needed)
- Bilingual in Spanish is a plus but not required
- Health, Dental, Vision
- Life Insurance
- Short/Long-Term Disability options
- 403(b) Retirement
- Paid Time off (PTO)
- Mileage Reimbursement (exclusive to position)
- Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness