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Children's Aid Therapist (MST-CAN) in Manhattan, New York

Therapist (MST-CAN) 11/4/21Full Time--Manhattan

Job ID: 004837

Children’s Aid provides comprehensive community services to children of all ages and their families residing in underserved communities throughout New York City. An array of services supports families from cradle to college to alleviate societal challenges that can interrupt a child, adolescent or young adults’ abilities to thrive and maximize their potential.

Children’s Aid offers a continuum of short-term, evidence based interventions of varying levels of intensity in four boroughs. The prevention services continuum consists of Family Support, Therapeutic Interventions and Family Assessment Program (FAP) services, as well as the Safe Way Forward Program for families impacted by Domestic Violence. Our prevention service interventions help families avert current, future or repeat involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

MST-CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) is a therapeutic program in our Prevention continuum of services. It is a home-based intensive therapeutic model for families in the five boroughs where abuse and/or neglect has put the family at risk of having their children placed outside the home. The model is parent focused and uses a multi systemic approach with clinical interventions designed to address abuse and neglect and reduce other risk factors. MST-CAN works with families with children ranging in age form 6-17. The model work with the family’s entire ecology to effect change and broaden support.

Position Summary:* MST-CAN Therapists *are responsible for providing model adherent, culturally competent, clinically oriented, short-term treatment to Families on our Specialized Teen Multi Systemic Therapy- Child Abuse and Neglect (MST- CAN) program in Manhattan. MST-CAN therapists report to the MST-CAN supervisor.**

MST- CAN is a clinical, evidence-based intensive family therapy model of approximately 6-9-months duration. This program works with the whole family with a focus on the parent and working with them to improve family functioning utilizing such tools as TF-CBT, prolonged exposure, drug treatment and family therapy techniques. Our MST-CAN program is exclusively home-based and works with the whole family unit. **


General responsibilities for the position of an MST- CAN *Therapist *will include, but are not limited to:

  • Carry caseload of approximately 4-5 MST-CAN cases.

  • Fulfill all OCFS, and ACS accountability requirements including timely completion of FASPs, Progress Notes and Plan Amendments

  • Comply with all ACS timelines for outreach on new cases.

  • Complete all home-based contacts and seek to maintain 10-12 case work contacts per month per family as specified by the model.

  • Attend all MST-CAN trainings as required as well as all mandated ACS trainings.

  • Participate in all weekly Group Supervision and Consultation sessions with MST-CAN Supervisor and MST-CAN consultant

  • Complete all MST-CAN documentation in a timely manner.

  • Conduct MST assessment including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses, and developing an analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the ecological context.

  • Engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barriers to engagement.

  • Implement a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process.

  • Maintain clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the nine MST Principles and the MST Analytic Process.

  • Collaborate with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure their buy-in and cooperation throughout MST-CAN treatment

  • Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.

  • Build a relationship with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, Guardians, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure cooperation among service providers.

  • Be available by phone 24/7 or as needed to respond to client crises. This includes ability to conduct sessions on weekends as needed, to accommodate client availability.

  • Ability to work flexible hour, including working remotely in the field, community or various CA offices to meet the needs of families and improve efficiency and management of time and resources.

  • Participate in all FTC’s as prescribed by ACS.

  • Other tasks assigned, and as necessary to support the program’s needs.


  • Master’s degree required in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related subject area.

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred but not required.

  • Ability and willingness to work with families and teens in the home, school and other appropriate settings in the community.

  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends as needed.

  • Ability to work independently, as well as contribute to a team.

  • Strong clinical skills and ability to work under pressure with high risk, crisis oriented cases.

  • Very good interpersonal/communication skills, including ability to write well and meet copious amount of documentation in a timely manner.

  • Computer literate.


Job Type Full Time

Location --Manhattan