MST-CAN Therapist

Ref: CVP 549
Date posted: 02/08/2018
Closing date: 17/08/2018 05:00 PM
Hours per week: 36hrs per week
Salary: Salary £31,401 – £33,136
Location: Knowsley
Employment Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term/Temporary

This post will sit within Children’s Services as part of Knowsley’s Edge of Care Offer.
You will be part of a Multi Systemic Therapy-CAN team, working with the families of children at risk of becoming looked after due to physical abuse or neglect. You will be available to provide consultation and support to those families, working in a flexible way, including evening and weekend work as required. You will be on a rota system to provide 24/7 cover to service users.
As an MST-CAN Therapist you will assess and deliver intervention on the factors that increase the risk of further neglect and/or abuse in order to keep children safely at home.  You will work with caregivers, family and professionals to provide treatment to the whole family with specific attention given to parents to address the challenges they face in parenting.  This includes concerns such as substance misuse, domestic violence and serious mental health issues.   You will be supported by a local Psychiatrist in working with the family to address these concerns.
As a Therapist in the team and under the guidance of the MST-CAN Supervisor and MST-CAN Expert, your focus will be on following the principles and processes of MST-CAN at every stage of the programme, working intensively within all areas of the family’s ecology, improving outcomes and evidencing impact. You will develop links with other local agencies ensuring a systemic support network for families.
You must be available to attend the 5-day MST training 24th – 28th September.  This will be away from the locality and will require overnight stays.  Further 4-day CAN and 4-day trauma training will follow subsequently and may again require travel to another area.
Professional qualification in social work, youth offending, mental health, psychology, counselling, nursing or related professional field to degree level or above
This post requires the post holder to be available on standby for one week in three. A standby allowance of £30 per session (weekday) or £35 per session (weekend/bank holiday) will be paid.
For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Ritson, MST Supervisor on 0151 443 3079


How to apply

Please download and fill in the application form and email completed application form to

Please note that the Council does not accept Curriculum Vitae (CVs) or hard copy paper application forms for this vacancy.

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