Juvenile Mental Health Therapist - bachelor's level

Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County Children's Services
  • bachelor's degree in Human Services
  • 3 years experience working with children and adolescents
  • valid Driver's license and car insurances
  • PA State Police Criminal History Clearance
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • FBI Clearance through the Department of Human Services

Are you looking for a job that makes a DIFFERENCE? Are you looking to put your Education and Experience to use in a supportive atmosphere that is close knit and values supporting each other? As a MST Therapist you will!

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an exciting treatment modality proven to have positive effects on juveniles who demonstrate external antisocial behaviors. MST Therapists are trained to work with an internationally recognized evidence-based treatment model. The model focuses on improving and strengthening the social networks of the youth and his/her family.

In this role you will:

  • change the direction of individuals
  • restore families
  • repair relationships
  • keep clients out of placement
  • prevent clients from jail/prison/life of crime
  • promote incredible change
  • have the ability to help rally supports
  • recognize strength
  • help parents advocate for their kids
  • change what the system has built
  • give opportunities that didn't previously exist

MST's family-driven approach is more intensive than some other traditional approaches, devoting several hours of treatment each week to youth and their families working by with families for 4-6 months at a time. The model focuses on promoting behavioral change in the youth's natural environment by working with the clients in their home, school and community setting. EOE

MST Therapist job duties :

  • conduct MST assessments including review of referral information, key participants, systemic strengths and weaknesses, and analysis of the fit on problem behaviors within an ecological context
  • engage primary caregiver and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment
  • develop therapeutic relationships with youth and their families
  • provide direct clinical treatment using proven methods compatible with MST principles and practices
  • provide therapy within the family unit and interventions within the ecology
  • provide parent education, coaching and training
  • facilitate collateral contacts with representatives from schools, agencies and other community organizations on behalf of youth and families, developing and maintaining collaborative relationships
  • model effective self-advocacy and assertive communication skills
  • advocate on behalf of children and their families to help them meet their needs and achieve their desired level of independence and self-sufficiency
  • link families with resources available in the community
  • work collaboratively with a team of fellow MST professionals
  • participate in clinical supervision, team meetings, case consultations, training and quality assurance steps
  • in home and community based work with juvenile delinquent and dependent youth
  • MST treatment model includes extensive ongoing training, supportive supervision, and flexible schedule.
  • participate in on-call duties
  • enjoy a flexible schedule
  • company paid health insurance or waiver pay if you are enrolled in health insurance elsewhere
  • dental, vision and disability insurance available
  • 401K option with employer match available after 1 full year of employment
  • paid time off 
  • paid holidays
  • training and Free CEUs are available
  • supervision for licensure may be pursued for qualified therapists
Starting at $16.50 per hour with bonus pay
Bachelor's Degree
35 hours/week
Full Time