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MST-FIT Therapist (MFT, MHC, MSW, LCSW)

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. 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.

Salary: $53,700

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.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Adheres to all Agency and departmental Safety Procedures including reporting any unsafe practices.
  • 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 treatments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Document all progress notes in CONNECTIONS and all contacts in PROMIS on a weekly basis.
  • Engage the family members throughout the assessment process and completion of the FASP.
  • Responsible for meeting required ACS completion dates.
  • Provide necessary referrals for families in need of housing, health, mental health or services.
  • Provide supervision, if needed, to ensure the safety of all family members.
  • Participates in post discharge community conferences /Elevated Risks conferences and maintain communication with ACS.
  • Other duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • 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)

Benefits/Perks:

  • Ability to work towards licensure hours
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Travel reimbursement for MST therapists
  • Generous paid time off and healthcare plans
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