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Multisystemic Therapy (MST) SUPERVISOR

December 20, 2017


Helping children and empowering families by providing safety, advocacy and support.


The MST Supervisor provides multi-systemic (MST) therapy to juvenile offenders with a history of chronic, violent behavior or substance abuse who are at high risk of out-of-home placement.  Services are provided to both the child and the family in a home-based setting at times that are convenient to the family.  MST is an intensive family and community based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders.  The worker must use this system of intervention which requires complex networking with interconnected systems that encompass individual, family and extrafamilia (peer, schools, neighborhood) factors.  Interventions may be necessary in any one or any combination of these systems.  Emergency services are provided 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

The supervisor is primarily responsible for the day-to-day program operation of supervising MST therapists to assure quality services are provided to families and their children and contract obligations are satisfactorily met.  At the discretion of the agency and contract provider, the supervisor may assume some caseload responsibility.  The MST model allows the supervisor to serve up to 2 families directly and to provide supervision up to 4 therapists.  The supervisor will report directly to the Director of Family Preservation Services.

The MST Program provides services to families in Kent County referred from Kent County Circuit Court and Kent County Department of Human Services.


A. Assist the Director of Family Preservation Services in the hiring of new staff assigned to the MST Program.

B. Employ an ongoing therapist development process which evaluates the functioning, needs, and effectiveness of assigned staff members on at least a monthly basis.

C. Formally evaluate new staff after three months and all staff on an annual basis in conjunction with the Director of Family Preservation Services

D. Conduct weekly group supervision and participate with weekly consultation for MST to assure adherence to MST principles and the MST analytic process.

E. Conduct individual supervision as needed to target clinician competency needs and to remove individual barriers to effective implementation of MST treatment.

F. Assure appropriate documentation of clinical effort to allow for peer and supervisory input, and to meet all reporting and communication needs of funding and referral sources.

G. Provide supportive and corrective feedback to clinicians to promote client outcomes.

H. Provide administrative support targeting systemic barriers to treatment success.

I. Assure availability of clinical and administrative support to clinicians 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

J. Assure therapist accessibility to clients when needed at times most likely to promote engagement.

K. Assure that clinicians achieve engagement with all key participants.

L. Provide direct clinical training to assure clinician competency in all clinical areas relating to the implementation of MST interventions.

M. Assure that all assessments are comprehensive, multi-systemic, and provide adequate information to determine the causes and correlates of referral behavior to direct effective treatment with the ecological context.

N. Provide input to the Director of Family Preservation Services as to each MST therapist’s present level of functioning so that work assignments are distributed in a fair and equitable manner to MST staff.

O.  Monitor the functioning of therapists within the MST Program and take responsibility for seeing that therapist's records, reports, etc., are submitted on a timely and thorough basis.

P. Assist in the case record review process of our agency’s continuous quality improvement program, involving the case records from programs not under your supervision.

Q. Report to the Director of Family Preservation Services any potential or existing significant problems with MST therapists.  The Supervisor and Director of Family Preservation Services will work in conjunction to resolve these problems.

R. Help maintain the MST contracts by achieving stated evaluation goals and objectives on an annual basis. Cooperate fully with the Director of Family Preservation Services in meeting the annual goals and objectives of the MST and other Home Based Services Programs.

S. Assure that services provided are in keeping with the agency's high standards, rules and procedures, and the state's licensing guidelines.

T. Set high standards of conduct which benefit the position and, by example, show leadership qualities in areas of appropriate demeanor, dress, and punctuality.

U. Maintain an active caseload of up to 2 cases and participate in the provision of auxiliary services, including crisis intervention, support group meetings and on- call responsibilities. The Supervisor’s caseload responsibilities will vary depending on the number of staff she/he is supervising.

V. Participate on a staff rotation in responding to 24 hour per day crisis calls.

W. Review and approve for distribution all reports and correspondence of MST therapists.

X. This position will generally require the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule and more than 40 hours per week (without generally taking compensatory time) in order to achieve the program’s objectives on a timely basis.

Y. A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values. 

Z. Review weekly case summaries by the therapists to assure adherence and fidelity to the MST principles and MST Analytical Process.

AA. Create and update procedures for the MST program. 

BB. Input data and monitor the data of the team in the website. 

CC. Carry out other responsibilities set forth in agency personnel policies and any additional tasks requested by the Director of Family Preservation Services.

  2. Ability to communicate verbally and effectively to exchange information with coworkers, peers, the community, and others involved in your position.
  3. Ability to maintain a stationary position for extended periods of time.
  4. Ability to determine and assess job related documents and visually utilize Agency equipment.
  5. Ability to physically handle and perform job related functions, including the operation of Agency equipment.
  6. Ability to ascend/descend stairs safely and successfully.
  7. Ability to physically position oneself to effectively interact with clients.
  8. Ability to lift and transport 30lbs.

A. Master’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy or a related subject area.  Persons with a related master’s degree and significant clinical experience in treating serious antisocial behavior in youth and significant supervisory experience may also qualify at the discretion of the agency.

B. Licensed in the State of Michigan (i.e. LPC, LMSW, LMFT, LLP)

C. Direct use of pragmatic (i.e. structural, strategic, and function) family therapies.

D. Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques.

E. Marital Therapy using behaviorally-based approaches.

F. Behavioral therapy targeting school behavior and academic performance.

G. Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth’s natural ecology that affect or influence the behavior of youth (i.e. family, peer, school, and neighborhood).

H. Provision of group and individual clinical supervision.

I. Conducting therapy in a home-based setting. 

J. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

K. Familiarity with Outlook (email and calendars).

L. Family systems theory and application

M. Social ecological theory and application

N. Behavioral therapies theory and application

O. Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application

P. Pragmatic family therapist theory and application

Q. Child development research and its application in treatment

R. Social skills assessment and intervention

S. Good oral and written communication skills.

T. Good organizational skills.

U. Good computer skills.

V. Valid driver’s license, adequate insurance with a car available at all times.

W. Experience in the child welfare system, the Community Mental Health system, Juvenile Court system, family crisis intervention, and 2 to 5 years of experience as a family therapist.

X. Exceptional knowledge regarding available community resources for the families and children, especially resources for families in crisis.

Y. Knowledge regarding adoption, foster care, separation and attachment issues would also be beneficial.

Z. Ability to work with a variety of people of differing socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

AA. The ability to communicate effectively on a one-to-one and group basis and the skills to effectively provide individual, family, and group therapy to children and families.

BB. Personal qualities of organizational skills, assertiveness, attention to detail, and timeliness. 

CC. Personal qualities of warmth, sensitivity, developing rapport, good moral character, and good judgment.

DD. The ability to assess and develop the potential of the MST therapists and to lead the staff assigned to their supervision.

EE. The ability to withstand and deal constructively with personal and staff frustrations and disappointments.

FF. The ability to work positively in carrying out agency policies and practices, as well as internal and external controls.

GG. The ability to recommend creative and innovative ideas to the Director of Family Preservation Services so as to strengthen and expand services to meet the changing human needs of the agency and community.

HH. The ability to articulate ideas and prepare written reports and correspondence that are of a high professional standard and are grammatically correct.

II. The ability to positively cooperative with Director of Family Preservation Services and others in the administrative and support staff in carrying out department and agency policies, both in respect to services and personnel management.

JJ. The willingness to accept assignments which may require extra effort and time beyond the normal working day without expecting compensatory time.

KK. The ability to use good judgment in all areas relative to treatment and case management planning, supervisory duties, department functions, and agency functions.

LL. The supervisor should be rated by the MST clinicians in regards to clinician      

MM. Adherence to principles, analytical process, and clinician development on the  

NN. SAM’s (Supervisor Adherence Measure) and fall within the    

OO. Target range in the above areas.

PP. The ability to meet or exceed performance expectations in all areas on the annual agency evaluations.

QQ. Good moral character.

RR. A personal commitment to the Agency’s mission, philosophy, and values.

SS. Possess an understanding and sensitivity to the client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

TT. Become familiar with and follow the code of ethics for your profession and agree to abide by the related Agency standards.

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