MST Counselor - Androscoggin (111)

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The MST Counselor provides home-based, short-term, intensive family-oriented clinical intervention for families where a child is at risk of removal from the home or is returning to the home working from a multi-systemic therapy focus. 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:*

Demonstrates commitment to the mission of the agency with a strong understanding and respect for the goals of agency activities.

Provides direct clinical treatment using methods compatible with the principles and practices of Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST). 

Conducts MST assessments, 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.

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

Adheres to MaineCare and other contractual regulations for plans of care, when appropriate.

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

Utilizes the consumer's electronic health record (EHR) to ensure that documentation is complete, accurate, timely and meets regulatory and agency standards.

Follows policies and procedures with regard to the EHR to ensure that the services provided are consistent with best practices, assessment and/or treatment goals.

Supports the consumer's right to make decisions related to his/her plan of care.

Ensures that consumers and their families understand their rights regarding confidentiality and that the rights of consumers are protected as delineated in applicable standards, policies, and procedures.

Implements a problem conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention implementation, outcome review and strategy revision procedure using the MST Analytic Process, while ensuring that all treatments are both clinically sound and cost effective. 

Carries out therapeutic treatments and procedures according to established care plans; agency, unit, and program policies and procedures; professional standards; and within the scope of practice of the employee's professional license.

Educates and instructs consumers and significant others in prevention and rehabilitative measures appropriate for the consumer's care and safety.

Assesses changes in the condition of the consumer and modifies the plan of care
as appropriate.

Refers consumers to other professionals or services as appropriate to ensure
optimal service.

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

Discontinues services appropriately, referring for additional follow-up services from health care community, when warranted.

Participates in all MST training, supervision and consultation activities.

Participates in rotational on-call responsibilities as required by the program.

Interacts with other Tri-County Mental Health Services programs for referrals, as necessary.

Maintains and utilizes knowledge of community resources.

Provides public education and professional consultation services, when appropriate.

Uses personal vehicle for agency related business.

Promotes and fosters effective relations, both inside and outside of the agency.

May provide court testimony, as necessary.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing, establishes positive public relations and interacts effectively with a diverse array of professionals and consumers.

Maintains appropriate boundaries and displays respect and courtesy to all internal and external customers.

Demonstrates patience, caring, compassion, and sensitivity toward consumers.

Completes and submits required documentation in a timely manner and according to policies and procedures.

Participates in training to maintain or enhance job skills.

Ensures that confidentiality is maintained at all times in accordance with federal, state, and agency standards.

Adheres to the agency's Risk and Safety Management Programs.

Adheres to the agency's Organizational Standards for Performance (see attached).

Functions in a cost-effective manner with regard to the utilization of time, supplies and other agency resources.

Attends meetings and supervisions as required and necessary for the position.

May perform other related duties as required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

Master' Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or a related field required.  Reliable transportation, a valid Maine driver's license and computer proficiency also required.  By approved exception, a related Bachelor's degree and related child & family experience may also satisfy education and experience requirements.

Knowledge of family systems and solution-based modalities is preferred. 

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

Detail-oriented with good organizational and time management skills

Ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks, and consistently meet deadlines.

Ability to demonstrate good problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Ability to work effectively on a multi-disciplinary team.

Ability to assess situations for personal and consumer safety.

Ability to respond effectively in crisis situations.

Ability to manage stressful situations.

Ability to work effectively with community referral sources and caretakers.

Familiarity with psychotropic medication usage and monitoring its use.

Proficient with the use of a computer and job-specific software applications

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.; may also be subjected to unpredictable environments with extremes in temperature, noise, odors, weather conditions, etc.

Regular use of computer keyboards, telephone and operating office machines, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. 

Occasional lifting and carrying of supplies, files, documents, records, etc.

Required to travel in personal vehicle in all types of weather.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.