Mar 09, 2020

Kylie Swaleh

  • Multisystemic Therapy Expert
  • Roseville, CA, USA
Full time MST Expert

Personal Summary

My name is Kylie Swaleh, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has been working in the evidence based practice of MST for 5 years.  I started as an MST therapist in the Sacramento area working with youth ages 12-17.5 and I am trained and enjoy utilizing contingency management (CM).  I was promoted to Supervisor/ Manager for our MST teams in Sacramento 2 years ago.  I now currently run the only team of MST therapist in the Sacramento area.  Throughout my time working in MST, I have acquired knowledge working with youth that participate in substance abuse, trafficked youth (CSEC), severe aggression, AWOL behavior, theft, school behavioral issues, and truancy. 

Work Experience

MST Manager/ Supervisor
Mar 2018 - Mar 2020 River Oak Center for Children

I supervise and run a team of MST clinicians in our Sacramento area coordinating with external and internal agencies to promote MST and grow or referrals for our MST program at River Oak center for Children.  I have worked with Sacramento County Probation, CPS, and Sacramento area school districts to acquire referrals as well as help promote empowerment with our families that are connected to these community resources. 

I engage and collaborate with managing our evidence based MST program at River Oak Center for Children.  I spearhead daily meetings with multidisciplinary team to coordinate care of clientele, provide consultations to train staff in evidence-based theoretical skills. Our MST team currently is all trained in utilizing the adaption for MST substance abuse (contingency management- CM). 

  • Provide direct clinical guidance to clinicians on how to increase engagement with a multicultural population of families and clients in Sacramento and surrounding areas by attending field sessions with clinical staff.
  • Conduct daily supervisions and weekly group supervisions to provide insight to staff on how clinical decisions are made and assess efficiently for safety and risk factors that may impact mental health and recovery
  • Review client’s charts and assessments completed by staff to ensure proper medical billing requirements. Gained knowledge in understanding contracts/ grants with Sacramento County and Sacramento County Probation Departments and presenting for numerous grant opportunities. 
  • Assists with onboarding new staff and presenting with critical case reviews for high risk cases to increase stability of adolescents remaining in their home (avoiding hospitalizations, juvenile hall, and placement.)
MST Clinician
Jun 2015 - Mar 2018 River Oak Center for Children

I provide evidence-based mental health therapy known as Multisystemic therapy (MST) in the client’s homes and community for adolescents ranging in ages 12-17.5 for family therapy.  Licensed and certified to provide evidence-based therapy for treating dual diagnosis clientele with contingency management model and motivational interviewing skills. 

  • Establish customized program and baselines for adolescents based on their presenting problems, school concerns (IEP, 504 plan) or court ordered treatment (juvenile probation requirements.)
  • Provide intensive family therapy services 2-3x weekly in the client’s home or community for a 3-5 month treatment timeline.
  • Implement functional strategies for addressing clients’ mental health and behavioral concerns that where influenced by client’s peer group
  • Develops clinical risk assessments and monthly safety planning for high risk behaviors such as suicidal ideations, self-harm behavior, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) concerns, gang involvement, homicidal ideations, and extensive history of substance use.
  • Engaged caregivers into attending counseling services with their youth to increase sustainability of youth’s positive behaviors by empowering caregiver’s to follow through with counseling interventions, reinforce positive behaviors, increase communication with youth, increase prosocials, increase knowledge of youth’s peer group and their peers parents, increase the working relationship with school staff, and utilizing community supports.            
  • Assist families and school districts to develop effective interventions around youth with Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 plans in a range of school districts in the Sacramento area.
  • Spearheaded weekly meetings to maintain strong connections with community leaders and services to ensure counseling referrals and case manage with other key figures that work with clinician’s in the agency and our clients and families

Education

Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
Aug 2012 - May 2015 California State University, Sacramento
Bachelors of Science, Major Pyschology, Minor Criminal Justice
Aug 2009 - May 2011 California State University, Sacramento
Associate of Arts in liberal arts and sciences
Aug 2007 - May 2009 Sierra College