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MST Therapist

Organisation:Nottingham City Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


NPPV Required:No 

Appointment Type:Fixed Term 

Location:Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottingham, NG2 3NG 


Closing date:06 February 2022 at midnight 

Multi-systemic therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community based intervention for children and young people aged 11-17, where young people are at of out of home placement in either care or custody due to their offending or having severe behaviour problems. The aim of MST is to break the cycle of anti-social behaviours by keeping young people safely at home, in school, and out of trouble.  
Nottingham has developed an MST YEF team to add to the existing MST provisions. The YEF team is based on the standard MST model above, however developed in addition to meet the identified needs of the local area where there are young people aged 10-15 involved in or at risk of violence, gang involvement and criminal exploitation. As one of the first teams in the world to use this approach, research will correspond with the service delivery.
This role will support families to achieve agreed outcomes through regular contact with them through the week which will include home visits and other meetings in the community. You will be trained to provide a comprehensive MST service to both children and families plus the systems around them, across Nottingham City managing a caseload of 4-6 families at any one time for a limited period of between 3-5 months approx.
You will be supported to deliver the most appropriate MST intervention (e.g. behavioural therapy, CBT) utilising the MST model and analytical process - full training provided.
  • You will have a Batchelor’s degree in a relevant subject, and/or preferably professionally qualified in a relevant discipline (e.g. social work, psychology, mental health nursing), and will have significant experience of working behaviourally and/or therapeutically with young people and their families where there is challenging behaviour.
  • A positive, passionate and committed to making a difference to young people and their families and enjoy the challenge this brings.
  • Demonstrates an interest in evidence-based practice and research and will be keen to develop your knowledge of MST and therapeutic and intervention skills.
  • Enjoy working autonomously,bring your professional skills and experience to the team but also value the support and guidance provided by the MST Supervisor and MST Consultant to access training, comprehensive professional development, and regular professional supervision and consultation.
  • To meet the needs of the families we work with and to adhere to the MST service model, you will enjoy working flexibly, full-time, often working unsocial hours, and regularly lone working. The MST service is contactable 24/7 to ensure the most effective and timely support to families and you will be required to participate in an on-call rota (which is subject to an additional payment as per Nottingham Council policy).
  • Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time.  It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car (exceptions can be made for disabled applicants).            
The appointed post holders will receive an initial 5 day Multi Systemic Therapy specialist Orientation training (delivered remotely) within April 2022
For informal enquiries please contact Natasha McDonald or Jonathan Shaw via email: or look forward to hearing from you.         
Nottingham City Council is known for inclusivity and innovation, and we are continually working around the clock to deliver services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.  
Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.  
We will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free! 
Nottingham City Council is committed to recruiting a talented workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are a fair and inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with different abilities. We recruit for diversity and value difference.  
We particularly want to hear from you if you are from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and if you are Disabled - these groups of people are underrepresented in our workforce, and we’d like to reflect our local population more through our recruitment processes. 
We have always been open to flexible working and the COVID-19 pandemic provided us with some new options to work in a completely different way. We welcome a conversation about flexible working at the point of interview.   
  • Qualified to Batchelor’s degree level in relevant field, e.g. social work, clinical /forensic psychology, mental health nursing/health specialism or relevant equivalent.
  • Strong understanding and practical experience of the case management process including assessment, analysis, planning and intervention and review and how it promotes good outcomes for children and families
  • Significant experience of working therapeutically with young people and families with multiple problems and challenging behaviours
  • Experience of direct use of  therapeutic model of working with families e.g. CBT, SFBT, systemic family therapy or behavioural approaches
  • Sophisticated understanding and demonstrable experience of all aspects of safeguarding and management of risk to children and young people as they relate to the work of the team.
For more information, please view the Job Description and Person Specification which are attached further down on this page.                  
Useful information for Applicants
Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions information, which includes advice on pay, annual leave and hours of working, and our Total Rewards Package, which includes information on some of the great benefits when working for Nottingham City Council.
This post is covered by the statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) (English Language Requirement for public sector workers) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English, as detailed in the job description and person specification, is an essential requirement for the role
This role requires you to participate in an on call rota.   Nottingham City Council are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are striving to have a reflective workforce of the citizens we serve. As a result of our commitment, we anonymise all applications to remove the risk of unconscious bias. The application process will capture your personal details (including your name) and these details will only be made visible to recruiting managers once the shortlisting stage has been completed.  
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