Bilingual MST Therapist

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus
School of Medicine/Dept of Psychiatry/ARTS
Bilingual MST Family Therapist
Position #644130 Requisition # 21589

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at 

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The School of Medicine - ARTS has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Bilingual MST Therapist– Mental Health Clinician III position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here. 

Job Summary:
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 Bilingual (Spanish/English) 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. The Bilingual MST therapist will have independence and flexibility in developing and implementing interventions within the framework of the model.  The Bilingual MST therapist will be the lead on their clinical cases, which includes leading the coordination with the various other systems involved with the adolescent.  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: 

  • Work independently in providing direct clinical treatment (to a caseload of 6 clients) using the MST treatment model and principles. Some principles include leveraging strengths and focusing on the positive, understanding sequences of behavior, and increasing mature behavior.  This will include conducting 2 or more family therapy sessions weekly, daily contact with the family/client, case management, taking the lead in staffings, advocacy, etc. in their home environment, community, and sometimes within the treatment setting and/or telehealth. 
  • Use decision making skills in conducting a thorough assessment of the client and family: gather information on behaviors of concern and strengths in the family and their ecology to inform conceptualization of the problem behaviors and interactions within the family’s ecological context.
  • Available to clients and their families 7 days a week, 24 hours day via cell phone or on-call coverage. Therapists rotate being on-call during the weekends. 
  • 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.
  • Help develop processes for monolingual Spanish-speaking clients which includes revising/translating intake paperwork in order to better meet their needs. 
  • Provide clinical evaluations and/or intake pre-screenings to assess client qualifications and individual treatment needs and provide for appropriate treatment recommendations.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $47,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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

Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected] 

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.

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. 

Minimum Qualifications
1.    Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment.
2.    Four years of experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
3.    *CAC II or higher. A MA, MSW, LCSW, LPC or MFT can substitute for the CAC requirement
4.    Bilingual, able to speak Spanish with proficiency.

Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (or Master’s candidate degree) in human services or closely related field.  
  • 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 software programs
  • Experience using an Electronic Health Record

Conditions of Employment: 

  • 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.

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jun 4, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Job No:
Posted: 6/5/2021
Application Due: 8/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time