Jan 03, 2023

MST Family Therapist

  • Youth Outreach Services
  • Chicago, IL, USA
Full time MST Therapist

Job Description

Department: Juvenile Justice

Location: Chicago

Schedule: Monday-Friday, varies by caseload

Position Overview:

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.

  1. Therapists receive specialized training and extensive supervision to provide services with fidelity to the MST model.
  2. Therapists provide services at times and locations convenient to families. And have a high level of flexibility with scheduling.
  3. Therapists will have exposure to a wide range of clinical needs. And opportunities to develop connections with a variety of healthcare and government agencies.

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.
  • 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

Benefits, Full-time:

  • 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

License Required


Degree Required

Masters, Bachelors