Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community based intervention for children and young people aged 11-17, where young people are at risk 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.
Birmingham is developing an enhanced MST team to add to the existing standard MST provision. The new team will be based on the standard MST model, however developed specifically to meet the identified needs of the local area where there are young people aged 10-14 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.
As an MST Supervisor*, you will bring your professional qualification and experience, and extensive supervisory experience to the MST service where you will manage and a team of up to 4 MST therapists. MST Supervisors work within the MST model under guidance and support of the MST Expert (MST-UK) to provide clinical supervision and oversight to therapists working intensively with families using the MST analytic process and principles. You will be qualified and experienced in directly providing and supervising a range of evidence-based therapeutic and behavioural models, and will have significant experience of working with young people and their families where there is challenging behaviour. You will be experienced and assured with holding clinical responsibility for cases, and having a senior lead role when working with other agencies and partners.
You will be positive, passionate and committed to making a difference to young people and their families; and also with the supervision and development of staff. You will enjoy a highly varied role, with involvement in bespoke projects and tasks. You will use your professional and personal skills to engage both directly with children and families and with all levels of professionals, and able to seamlessly switch between roles, responsibilities and audiences. You will be confident to manage risks in a calm and assertive manner, fostering an environment of support and resilience; and will embrace and lead service changes and developments.
You will highly value and have experience of delivering evidence-based practice and research, and will be keen to develop your own knowledge of interventions and supervisory skills within the MST model, as you in turn use these skills to develop the therapists in your team. You will enjoy working autonomously as a lead professional and manager of your team, but also value and appropriately seek the support and guidance of the Programme Manager and MST Expert as part of the comprehensive MST SPD process.
MST Supervisors role-model good practice by frequently working flexible and unsocial hours across Kirklees in a number of home, office and remote settings, and frequently lone working to meet the needs of families, therapists and partners. Supervisors are also expected to contribute to training, research, presentations, dissemination, and wider strategic MST initiatives and service needs. MST Supervisors will also provide cover support/supervision to other MST teams, 24/7 on-call support across teams on a rota basis (which is subject to an additional payment as per Birmingham City Council policy) and may also be expected to carry a case load as and when required.
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. Therefore, it is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will have access to use of a vehicle.
In order to be considered for this role please complete an application form demonstrating how you meet the competencies required as outlined in the attached person specification. CVs will not be accepted.
The successful applicant will be required to attend an MST orientation training week as well as Supervisor orientation training.