Family Counselor (MST)
Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health. Our commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans 30+ years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services.
If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. We are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and our organization.
This position is responsible for providing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to youth ages 12 to 17 that display serious antisocial behaviors and are at-risk of placement out of the home due to their behaviors. Our MST program is built on the principle that the serious behavior problems of a child typically stem from a combination of influences including family factors, deviant peer group, problems in school or the community, and individual characteristics. The MST model calls for simultaneously addressing all of those inter-related areas.
- Carries a caseload of 4-5 families. Intensive treatment requires counselor to meet with each family at least three times per week.
- Develops individualized treatment plans for each case. Ongoing assessments and reviews of treatment progress are performed on a regular basis
- Documents all sessions within a pre-established cycle time. Documentation is web-based and most locations provide voice-recognition technology.
- Maintains on-call availability to clients during the week. Counselors rotate on-call availability on weekends, requiring approximately one on-call weekend per month.
- Drive up to 60-80 miles to meet with families in the home
- Counselors provide treatment in individual families’ homes in a wide array of settings and communities
- Works closely with multiple types of clinical supervision provided in individual and group settings led by trained and licensed MST professionals. Review of progress generally occurs at frequent intervals.
- Develops strong community relationships and resources with which to provide families as part of treatment.
Schedule is flexible and non-traditional; based around the availability of youth and families served.
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle to use for work purposes and auto insurance.
Community Based staff will be reimbursed for applicable mileage
- A Master’s degree in a social services discipline is strongly preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree with significant clinical experience may be considered.
- Degrees that can be considered include: social work, drug and alcohol education or counseling, psychology, criminal justice, guidance counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Other degrees will have to be evaluated further to determine if they meet the qualifications.
- Experience with at-risk youth and their families
- Experience doing family therapy or providing MST services is a plus
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent written, verbal, and oral skills
- Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 15, 2021, Youth Villages has required the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious exemption, as a condition of employment to help ensure the safety of all employees and youth and families served.
- Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug Coverage and Vision
- Retirement Savings Pension Plan
- 2 weeks paid vacation
- 12 paid sick days per year
- 10 paid holidays
- Paid Parental Leave
- Mileage & Cell Phone Reimbursement (when applicable)
How to Apply
- Date Posted: August 27, 2021
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Clinician
- Service Area: Children / Youth