Licensed MST Therapist

Denver, CO
Jun 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) / Synergy

Licensed MST Therapist

Position #00700216 - Requisition 08128

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The Synergy adolescent component of Addiction Research and Treatment Services, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, seeks to fill a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Licensed MST/family therapist position in a community based substance abuse treatment program. The MST will actively participate in continuing to implement this community based treatment by providing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for families of adolescent substance abusers as an alternative to placement in inpatient or residential care facilities. The implementation of this clinical model requires adherence and fidelity to the MST model. Consequently, the MST will document activities in a rigorously prescribed manner. Outcomes will be correlated with several other Colorado based research efforts studying MST outcomes. The licensed MST will need to have received prior training in the MST intervention and have already practiced MST in order to serve as a team leader to the team. This technique is based on the multi-determined nature of antisocial behavior focusing on preventive strategies within the youth's family, peer, school and neighborhood support systems.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Provide intensive treatment services using Multisystemic Therapy principles and protocols to a caseload of 1-6 active MST treatment clients, which include daily contact via individual and family counseling, case management, staffings, advocacy, etc. in their home environment, community, and sometimes within the treatment setting.
  • Therapist will drive to the client's home twice weekly to conduct family therapy sessions in MST treatment model. Therapist may also participate in school meetings, staffing and court; these activities also require driving.
  • Available to clients and their families 7 days a week, 24 hours day via pager, cell phone or on-call coverage.
  • Provide transition services to clients when they leave the other formal residential/day
  • treatment programs.
  • Balance job expectations around caseload, clinical contact and outcomes, and case management including paperwork.
  • Provide clinical evaluations and/or intake pre-screenings to assess client qualifications and individual treatment needs. In addition, be able to assess and determine diagnoses for SUD and mental health disorders.
  • Serve as a team leader to their team, not only on the MST model but also in general clinical experience. They will help support the clinical supervisor in training new clinicians and in running/covering group supervision when the supervisor is out or unavailable.
  • Ability to assess and if needed, implement an emergency 72 hour mental health hold.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits:
The hiring salary for this position is $40,000 - $43,000 and is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

*Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in human services

*Two (2) years of experience providing therapeutic and related services to mental health patients in a mental health setting

Substitution: Work experience which provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the education.

Conditions of Employment:

*Must possess a valid license in related field: LPC, LMFT or LCSW

*Must be trained and certified in MST.

*Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License
*Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).

*Subject to pre-employment, post-accident or incident or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

*Must be available to clients and their families 7 days a week, 24 hours/day via pager, cell phone or on-call coverage

Preferred Qualifications.

*Experience in treating substance abuse.
*Experience with multi-needs families, knowledge of adolescent issues, and protocol based research methods.


*Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.

*Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.

*Outstanding customer service skills.

*Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

*Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn software programs

*Experience using an Electronic Health Record

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. Questions should be directed to Alexis Devine at

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 3-5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 17, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Alexis Devine

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00700216


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