Bilingual Family Therapist

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Addiction Research and Treatment Services has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Bilingual MST Therapist (Open Rank) position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a world-class medical destination at the forefront of transformative science, medicine, education, and patient care. The campus encompasses the University of Colorado health professional schools, more than 60 centers and institutes, and two nationally ranked independent hospitals – UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado – that treat more than two million adult and pediatric patients each year. Innovative, interconnected and highly collaborative, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus delivers life-changing treatments, patient care and professional training and conducts world-renowned research fueled by over $650 million in research grants. For more information, visit

Jobs in this career family are responsible for performing a wide range of professional duties to support the university’s teaching, research and/or service missions through the provision of health and wellness services, dealing with general, indirect patient care operations and management of healthcare services.  Functions include hospital administration, healthcare regulatory compliance, patient relations, operational services, admissions, and medical records. Includes professional assignments in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, counseling and behavioral health, public health, dietetics and nutrition, other allied health fields, alternative medicine and therapies, and related disciplines.

Professionals at all levels are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability, and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.

Entry-level, duties are limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals and are performed in a training and development capacity. Intermediate-level duties may be more limited in scope and are performed with guidance and direction from other professionals. Senior-level work is performed fully independently.

Synergy, the adolescent component of Addiction Research and Treatment Services, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, seeks to fill an MST/family therapist position in a community based substance use treatment program.   Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an evidenced-based model with the largest body of evidence of successful interventions for high-risk youth and has been recognized as a highly effective treatment by NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) and NIH (National Institute of Health).  The MST therapist will receive comprehensive training in the MST model.

The MST therapist will implement this community based treatment by providing Multisystemic therapy (MST) to families of adolescent substance users with a goal to retain youth in their homes and avoid out of home placement and involvement in the criminal justice system.  The MST therapist will utilize the MST principals to develop interventions with the input and support of their supervisor and MST consultant.  The implementation of this clinical model requires adherence and fidelity to the MST model, which the supervisor and MST consultant help guide. The MST therapist works independently but always has the support of their supervisor and has flexibility with their schedule as they schedule their own appointments based on the family’s availability.  The therapist is very well supported through weekly group supervision and consultation, in addition to individual supervision occurring weekly to every two weeks. The model is present focused/action-oriented and focuses on strength-based, preventive strategies within the youth’s family, peer, school and neighborhood support systems.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Provide intensive treatment services using Multisystemic Therapy principles and protocols to a caseload of up to 6 active MST treatment clients, which include daily contact via individual and family counseling, case management, staffings, advocacy, etc. in their home environment, community, and sometimes within the treatment setting.
  • Therapist will provide home-based family therapy twice weekly utilizing the MST treatment model. Therapist may also participate in school meetings, staffing and court; these activities also require driving.
    • These services are currently being provided in person as much as possible and some by telehealth, as needed.
  • Available to clients and their families 7 days a week, 24 hours day via cell phone or on-call coverage, although therapists rotate carrying the on-call phone during the weekends.
  • Provide transition services to clients when they leave other formal residential/day treatment programs.
  • Balance job expectations around caseload, clinical contact and outcomes, and case management including paperwork.
  • Provide clinical evaluations and/or intake screenings to assess for clinical appropriateness, individual treatment needs and recommendations.

This description is a summary only. It is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

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