The MST-CAN program is an adaptation of Multisystemic Systemic Therapy that was developed to treat families that come to the attention of Child Protective Services due to physical abuse and/or neglect, have a target child in the age range of 6 to 17 years of age, and have a new report of abuse or neglect in the past 180 days. Physical abuse or neglect may be coupled with parent or caregiver substance/alcohol abuse and/or parent or caregiver mental health disorders. There may also be recent incidents, or history of domestic violence between or against parents or caregivers.
This program model will target teens that are most at risk of extended out-of-home placement. These teens and their families present with the greatest level of crisis as identified by Child Protective staff and require intensive, home-based holistic services in order to safely remain in the home. MST-CAN is an intensive research supported, evidence-based program delivered in the home and community that targets the multidimensional and complex nature of child abuse and neglect. The model interventions are delivered with “ecological validity”- in the home, school, peer and neighborhood settings n which problems arise. The interventions are designed in collaboration with family members and key figures in each setting.
This program will be comprised of an MST Supervisor, 3 MST therapists, a Crisis Caseworker and a part-time Psychiatrist. Program capacity is 12 families at any given time. Case duration is 6-9 months. Therapists will have caseloads of 4 families at any given time.
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 treatment.
Utilize the MST Analytic Process to formulate problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, strategy revision and outcome review.
Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
Collaborate with relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST-CAN treatment.
Build relationships with community stakeholders (child protection services, schools, judges, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers.
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.
MST Therapists will comply with all ACS Child Welfare policies, procedures and standards.
MSW or MA in related Fields including Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Counseling. 1-2 years of post- Masters relevant experience in the modalities of family and/or marital therapy, working with traumatized adults and adolescents, as well as work with substance abusing adults or adolescents.
Experience in Child Welfare is also helpful.
Ability to flex time and work early mornings, evenings or weekends as indicated by the needs of the clients.
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer