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MST-Fit Therapist

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms (formerly Episcopal Social Services) strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Job Summary: MST-FIT (Multi-systemic Therapy- Family Integrated Transitions) is an adaption of standard MST that provides intensive family and community based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile delinquents and offenders. MST-FIT is uniquely designed to target youth returning from juvenile detention centers or similar placements with added treatment components to increase positive outcomes for this population. MST addresses the multiple factors known to be related to delinquency across the key settings, or systems, within which youth are embedded (e.g. family, peers, school, neighborhood).  MST-FIT starts this process by initiating treatment for the youth and the family while the youth is still in placement. Similar to standard MST, MST-FIT strives to promote behavior change in the youth’s natural environment, using the strengths of each system to facilitate change.  The MST model promotes personal responsibility, education, work ethic, community responsibility and an intolerance of violence and prejudice.

Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices, equipment and environment, and takes an active role in correcting the unsafe practice, equipment or environment through proper notification.
  • Conduct MST-FIT 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, including staff at the designated placement (juvenile detention center) in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.
  • Support facility staff with the implementation of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other treatment aspects that are initiated in facility and collaborate with the facility staff to have regular youth-family contact as part of the initial treatment
  • Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation and outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST analytical 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 analytical process as well as DBT concepts and MI strategy
  • Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST-FIT treatment.
  • Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
  • Participate in all MST-FIT training, supervision and consultation activities.
  • Stays abreast to developments in the juvenile justice system. 
  • Support the principles of the Integrated Treatment Model with the goal of teaching the young people to make positive, lasting changes in their behavior by preparing them to be self-sufficient through education and work experience.
  • Document all progress notes in CONNECTIONS and all contacts in PROMIS on a weekly basis within 5 days of contact.
  • Engage the family members throughout the assessment process and completion of the FASP. 
  • Responsible for meeting required ACS completion dates for accurate progress notes, FASPs, and visits.
  • Provide necessary referrals for families in need of housing, health, mental health or preventive services
  • Provide supervision, if needed, to ensure the safety of all family members. If possible, to strengthen the parental role in the family. 
  • Develop and submit weekly email updates to ACS (Administration for Children Services) and participate in bi-weekly case update calls as requested.
  • Participates in post discharge community conferences /Elevated Risks conferences and maintain communication with ACS.
  • Other duties that may be assigned. 

Qualifications:

• Masters Degree in a New York State Licensable degree (incl. LMSW, LCSW, PhD, PsyD, LMFT, LMHC) preferred.

• Preferred clinical experience in: 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Family systems theory

Social ecological theory

Cognitive-behavioral theory

Behavioral therapies

Pragmatic family therapies

Child development research

Social skills assessment 

  • MST certified (can be trained when hired) 
  • 24 hours/7 days availability 
  • Bilingual (Spanish preferred) 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT 

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services

 

Please note that aftercare services all 5 boroughs, but mainly (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn) and our office is located in the Jamaica area.

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