MST Family Therapist

Job description

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry - Addiction Research and Treatment Services / Synergy

Multisystemic Family Therapist

Position #216504

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

This class series uses three levels within the Health Care Services Occupational Group and describes direct client treatment work in psychiatric care settings. Positions in this class series provide client care by participating in individual and group therapy sessions, planning and implement client treatment from admission through discharge. The work includes clinical coordination duties such as scheduling treatment plan reviews, programming, and activities so that all patients on a ward or unit are able to attend sessions; providing in-service training and serving as a resource to nursing staff on clinical topics; coordinating contacts with clients' family and community agencies in order to evaluate client placement sites and aftercare services following discharge or during transition; and serving as a liaison with other units on the transfer and continuing treatment of patients.

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) Multisystemic family therapist (MST) 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 MST will receive comprehensive training in the MST intervention model for juvenile substance abusing delinquents and their families. 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 and provide for appropriate treatment research recruitment recommendations.

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 $36,612 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 (

University of Colorado Denver and ARTS 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. To ensure ARTS program integrity, prospective employees may be required to submit to pre-employment urine testing.

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 or closely related field
  • One year of experience providing therapeutic or related services which included working with adolescents and families

Conditions of Employment:
  • CAC II or higher. A MA, MSW, LCSW, LPC or MFT can substitute for the CAC requirement
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License or be able to obtain one within 30 days of hire
  • 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.

  • Experience related to the work assignment may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the education, but not for the required specific experience.

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 to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and ability to learn

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. 4) Additional attachment - Copy of transcripts, diploma, or certifice. Questions should be directed to Alexis Devine at [email protected]

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 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, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

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: Feb 9, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Alexies Devine

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00216504





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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