Therapist (MST-CAN)
Children's Aid
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Post Date: Sep 28, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Start Date: - n/a -
Salary: - n/a -
Location: US - New York - New York
Job Reference: 004837
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Position Summary: MST-CAN Therapists are responsible for providing model adherent, culturally competent, clinically oriented, short-term treatment to Families on our Specialized Teen Multi Systemic Therapy- Child Abuse and Neglect (MST- CAN) program in Manhattan. MST-CAN therapists report to the MST-CAN supervisor.

MST- CAN is a clinical, evidence-based intensive family therapy model of approximately 6-9-months duration. This program works with the whole family with a focus on the parent and working with them to improve family functioning utilizing such tools as TF-CBT, prolonged exposure, drug treatment and family therapy techniques. Our MST-CAN program is exclusively home-based and works with the whole family unit.

General responsibilities for the position of an MST- CAN Therapist will include, but are not limited to:

•Carry caseload of approximately 4-5 MST-CAN cases.

•Fulfill all OCFS, and ACS accountability requirements including timely completion of FASPs, Progress Notes and Plan Amendments

•Comply with all ACS timelines for outreach on new cases.

•Complete all home-based contacts and seek to maintain 10-12 case work contacts per month per family as specified by the model.

•Attend all MST-CAN trainings as required as well as all mandated ACS trainings.

•Participate in all weekly Group Supervision and Consultation sessions with MST-CAN Supervisor and MST-CAN consultant

•Complete all MST-CAN documentation in a timely manner.

•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, 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 nine MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.

•Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST-CAN treatment

•Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.

•Build a relationship with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, Guardians, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers.

•Be available by phone 24/7 or as needed to respond to client crises. This includes ability to conduct sessions on weekends as needed, to accommodate client availability.

•Ability to work flexible hour, including working remotely in the field, community or various CA offices to meet the needs of families and improve efficiency and management of time and resources.

•Participate in all FTC’s as prescribed by ACS.

•Other tasks assigned, and as necessary to support the program’s needs.

•Bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or a BA in a related field required.
•Minimum one years of related experience working with adolescent and/or families preferably in a child welfare, juvenile justice or mental health settings.
•Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred.
•Ability to work flexible hours (evenings/weekends) as needed; work in different work settings.
•Very good interpersonal/communication skills, write well and complete documentation in a timely manner.

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Children’s Aid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Qualified candidates from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Please apply online through Children’s Aid website – Job ID: 004837