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New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning not-for-profit agency in Midtown Manhattan, with a satellite Bronx office, dedicated to serving children with special healthcare needs and their families. To assist in achieving this mission, NAC is currently seeking an MST Therapist to join its Mental Health team.
MST (Multisystem Therapy) is a cutting edge, intensive family and community based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of risky, challenging, and antisocial behavior exhibited by juvenile offenders and at-risk youth. The MST Therapist is a highly energetic, supportive, and engaging team player with strong engagement skills to work with families in addressing the multiple factors known to be related to misconduct across the key settings, or systems, within which youth are embedded (e.g. family, peers, school, neighborhood). MST strives to promote behavior change in the youth’s natural environment, using the strengths of each system to facilitate change.
Title of Position: MST Therapist
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000
Location: Services provided throughout NYC in the field/community
Department: Mental Health
Description of Responsibilities:
Conduct MST assessments 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, case 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.
Engage and collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system, to maintain alignment throughout MST treatment.
Provide direct clinical treatment in the community using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
Provide on call coverage to families.
Participate in all MST training, supervision, and consultation activities.
Required Education and Experience:
Masters degree or higher and professional license or limited permit in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy
Direct clinical experience with adolescents or family systems
*Limited Permit holders to obtain full licensure within 2 years to maintain the position.
Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. strategic, structural and functional) family therapies
Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral approaches
Marital therapy using behaviorally based approaches
Behavioral therapy targeting school behavior and academic performance
Implementation of interventions within or between system’s in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. peer, family, school and neighborhood)
Substance use treatment for youth and adults using behaviorally-based approaches
Trauma treatment for adults and children using exposure, cognitive therapies, and stress inoculation training
Work with youth who engage in sexually problematic behaviors
Linkages with community agencies and funders
Preferred Knowledge and Skills:
Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus
Family systems theory and application
Social ecological theory and application
Behavioral therapies theory and application
Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application
Pragmatic family therapy theory and application
Child development research and its application in treatment
Social skills assessment and intervention
Knowledge of preventive mandates and procedures within the ACS system
Ability to use computers and related technology efficiently
Research or training in diagnostic assessment, mental status examinations
Training Requirements to Maintain Position:
The MST 5-Day Orientation Training (given within 2 months of hire)
All subsequent MST Boosters (given quarterly)
Physical and Sensory Requirements:
Ability to read, write and converse in English.
Ability to communicate with staff, identified clients, families, contract agencies, support agencies and others.
Ability to remain calm and composed under stressful situations.
Bending, lifting, grasping, fine hand/eye coordination, pushing/pulling, and/or prolonged sitting/standing.
Ability to respond to telephones and other auditory stimulation.
Ability to discriminate color.
Quantitative/mathematical ability (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, standard measurements).
Ability to evaluate/interpret information, and make independent judgments/decisions.
Ability to conduct extensive field visits in excess of 12 per week that may include walking distances in excess of 2 city blocks, walking up and down stairs.
How to Apply:
Please indicate MST Therapist in the subject line when applying. Please submit cover letter and resume to: email@example.com
For information on New Alternatives for Children, Inc., visit our website at www.nackidscan.org