MST Therapist (Juvenile Justice and Family Program)

San Jose, California
Newly increased Salary!
May 08, 2019
Jun 07, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

The MST (Multisystemic Therapy) program services youth and families involved with the juvenile justice system. MST is an intensive family and community-based treatment program that addresses all environments that impact high risk youth - homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST services are provided to probation involved youth who are at risk of out-of-home placement. 

Prior MST background is welcome but not required. Seneca will ensure training and certification in the MST model for new staff. More information about the evidence-based Multisystemic Therapy Treatment Model, please visit 

Seneca Family of Agencies is committed to providing traditionally marginalized communities a network of outstanding mental health, community based, and educational services. Celebrating diversity and creating a culture of inclusion increases creativity, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork. Seneca’s agency-wide DEI Advisory Board, Employee Resource Groups, and Language Practice Groups help our employees provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to the families we serve. For more information on our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, click here!


  • 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 a clear concise documentation of treatment efforts that promote peer and supervisory review and feedback, and that demonstrate compliance with the 9 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 treatment
  • Provide direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with MST principles and practices.
  • Participate in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities.
  • Intervene with clients’ behavior management programs and provide crisis management as needed. In rare circumstances when there is serious threat of harm, this may include physical management of the clients (implementation of Seneca's Ahimsa Model Training).


  • Current registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as AMFT, ASW or LPCC required
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with children/youth and families with complex and enduring needs (preferred)
  • Ability to effectively work with a diverse population and workforce
  • Strong organizational, time management and writing skills
  • Willing to respond to crisis situations and be part of a rotating on-call team
  • Own vehicle, valid California Driver’s License and insurance
  • Clearance of TB test, fingerprinting, and any other State/Federal requirements


  • Flexible schedule required with the ability to work some early morning/evening hours as needed


  • Competitive Salary
  • Additional increase in salary for bilingual abilities in Spanish and English upon successful completion of the bilingual language proficiency exam.
  • 5 weeks Paid Time Off
  • We provide a 403b retirement plan
  • Employee benefits include: medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic coverage.
  • Excellent clinical training, individual and group supervision, and assistance toward licensure.

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