MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST Venango, Clarion, Forest, PA

Mars Home For Youth - Venango County, PA3.7

30+ days agoFull-timeEstimated: $38,000 - $50,000 a year
  • Full-time/Exempt position * Small Caseloads (4-6 Families)
  • 403(b) Retirement w/ Employer Match * Free Training & CEU's
  • PTO/Paid Holidays * MST Provider for Nearly 20 Years
  • Excellent Benefits Package * Supportive & Dynamic Culture
  • Trauma Informed Organization * Growth/Development Opportunities
  • Supervision towards Licensure * Paid Mileage/ Laptop & Cell Provided
  • COA Accredited * Non-Traditional Hours/Flexible Schedule
  • Tuition Reimbursement
MHY Family Services is an Organization that you can be proud to be a part of, where you will be coached, challenged, and empowered to grow as a person and a professional. MHY has an opening for a Mental Health Therapist to provide in-home, community-based services using the Multisystemic Therapy Model (MST). MST is an internationally recognized, Model-Plus, Gold Standard, Evidence-Based Therapy Model, designed to help at-risk youth and their families. MST Therapists address the multiple influences that contribute to youth and family problems. Therapists work with individuals, families, schools, peer groups, the community, and other agencies to promote positive and lasting change.


MHY Family Services (MHY) is over 140 years old and a non-profit organization that provides support and services through residential, educational and community-based programming all over Pennsylvania, primarily in Western PA. MHY strives to meet the changing needs of at-risk youth and their families through a practical and holistic approach to treatment. Youth and families have the opportunity to learn skills that help them manage and cope with trauma-based issues and to re-engage with home, school and community. MHY provides MST in 7 Western PA Counties including: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Lawrence, and Venango.


MST Therapists provide in-home and community-based therapy to youth and families with the goal of preventing out of home placement and sustaining family stabilization and preservation. The MST model allows therapists to work with multiple systems that encompass individual, family, and extra-familial (peer, school, neighborhood) factors. MHY covers the costs for formal MST training and ongoing supervision.

Therapist caseloads are small (4-6 families) to ensure flexibility and timely clinical response throughout the course of treatment. The length of service with a youth and his or her family is between 3-5 months. Therapists often deliver services in the home or community and develop treatment plans that are designed jointly with the family members and systems involved. Therapists are trained and are encouraged to apply the most practical/pragmatic therapeutic orientations and skills such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Structural and Strategic Therapies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

Conducts MST assessments including review of referral information, identifying and engaging key participants, identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses and development and analysis of the fit of problem behaviors within the environmental context.
Engages primary caregivers and other key participants in active change-oriented treatment by identifying and overcoming barrier to engagement.
Implements problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision procedures using the MST Analytic Process.
Maintains clear and concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrates compliance with MST principles and Analytic Process.
Collaborates with all relevant systems and key participants within each system to ensure buy-in and cooperation throughout MST treatment, and in support of outcomes and objectives set forth by MHY.
Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
Participates in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities.
Attends group and team meetings as required.

Master’s degree in the Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or comparable major, with demonstrated success in the clinical treatment of youth with serious antisocial behaviors preferred. Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of comparable clinical experience may also qualify. Prior experience in family and youth therapies using cognitive and behavioral approaches strongly preferred, as is prior experience in social skills assessment and intervention, and child development approaches. Requires current FBI, and Act 33 and 34 clearances. Must have a current PA state driver’s license with evidence of an insurable driving record. Must possess demonstrated PC skills including common MS Office applications.