Reports To: MST Supervisor
Beginning Pay: $34,000 - $40,000 salary
Full-time Master’s level therapist, who is organized and highly engaging, for our MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy) program. MST is an evidenced-based therapy program to treat teenagers with delinquent behaviors by working with the parents as the change-agents. Therapy occurs in the home and community.
I. MISSION STATEMENT
Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.
II. NATURE OF WORK
The MST Therapist provides multi-systemic (MST) therapy to juvenile offenders with a history of chronic, violent behavior or substance abuse who are at high risk of out-of-home placement. Services are provided to both the child and the family in a home-based setting at times that are convenient to the family. MST is an intensive family and community based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. The worker must use this system of intervention which requires complex networking with interconnected systems that encompass individual, family and extrafamilia (peer, schools, neighborhood, court) factors. Interventions may be necessary in any one or any combination of these systems. Emergency services are provided 24 hours per day 7 days per week.
The MST Program provides services to families in Kent County referred from Kent County Circuit Court, Kent County Department of Human Services or Network 180.
The MST Therapist reports directly to the MST Supervisor.
III. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct MST assessment including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses, and developing an analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the ecological context.
- Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
- Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, and outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process.
- Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the 9 MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.
- It is an expectation that the MST model requires teamwork. To this end staff will demonstrate interest in and contribute to the cases presented by other therapists during group supervision. Staff will also be available to other team members and engage in activities to support other team outside group supervision.
- Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST treatment.
- Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
- Participate in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities.
- Participate with the supervisor in the therapist development process.
- Tape family sessions, at a frequency determined with the supervisor.
- Collaborate with supervisor to set up periodic field visits.
- Complete SAM’s on line every two months in order to evaluate supervisor.
- Complete all necessary Agency, network 180, and other miscellaneous paperwork requirements on a timely basis.
- Help develop and implement plans as designed at planning conferences based on family needs.
- Participate in required case-related activities such as school conferences and court hearings.
- Agency-related duties include: attendance at general staff meetings, departmental meetings, cooperation with other departments within the Agency, timely completion of paperwork (to include mileage, vacation/sick slips, sign-out sheets, etc.).
- Staff members may be assigned to assist with other duties by the administration. Examples include: speeches, public relations and promotions, recruitment, special committees or task forces, or work with Board of Director's committees.
- In addition to scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. work hours, a staff member will be responsible to accommodate his/her personal schedule to clients' availability. Staff will be accessible, maintaining flexible hours, seven days a week. If staff is unavailable, he/she will have team backup available for clients. This availability will also include group meetings, special events, and after Agency hours and appointments and telephone contacts. It is expected that social workers will work at least 40 hours per week prior to requesting compensatory time.
- Participate on a staff rotation in responding to 24 hour per day crisis calls.
- Other responsibilities shall include those set forth in Agency personnel policies as amended.
- Multi Systemic Therapy Therapist can expect to be responsible for four to six assigned cases in addition to participating in the on call rotation as developed for the program.
- Multi Systemic Therapy Therapist should achieve all target goals regarding productivity, quality, and service results as outline in the MST Service Contract.
- Normally 40-45 hours per week will be required to successfully manage the above-defined workload.
IV. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
- Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
- Ability to be physically mobile when working with students.
- Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
- Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with students.
V. MINIMUM PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related subject area. Persons with a related bachelor’s degree and significant clinical experience in treating serious antisocial behavior in youth may also qualify at the discretion of the agency.
- Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic and functional) family therapist
- Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques
- Marital therapy using behaviorally-based approaches
- Behavioral therapy targeting school behavior and academic performance
- Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. family, peer, school, and neighborhood)
- Family systems theory and application
- Social ecological theory and application
- Behavioral therapist theory and application
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application
- Pragmatic family therapies theory and application
- Child development research and its application in treatment
- Social skills assessment and intervention
- Michigan licensure or eligibility for certification as a state approved counselor.
- Good oral and written communication skills.
- Good organizational skills.
- Good computer skills.
- Valid driver's license, good driving record and adequate insurance with a car available at all times.
- Ability to work with a variety of people both within and outside the Agency. Must promote a positive image for the Agency in the community and in relationships with other agencies and their personnel.
- Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, and ability to establish meaningful therapeutic relationships and a capacity to make sound decisions.
- Acceptance of supervision in order to improve needs assessment case management and treatment skills.
- A positive, optimistic, and accepting attitude.
- High frustration tolerance level.
- A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of child development and child management.
- Extensive knowledge of community resources.
- Assertiveness, flexibility, self-organization, and self-direction.
- Experience as a volunteer, knowledge of differing lifestyles and cultures, experience or training in work with children or adults, understanding and knowledge of clinical issues of foster and adopted children and families, training or practice in individual or group counseling, interviewing, family assessment, and crisis intervention.
- Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
- Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related Agency standards.
- Good moral character.
- A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.