Where Can I Send My Troubled Child?

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Where can I send my troubled child? Why parents should be asking a different question to help their teens and adolescents

"Where can I send my troubled child?" This search query will get you over 30 million hits on the internet – there is no shortage of options. Boot camps, wilderness camps, boarding schools – there are countless residential treatment centers that present themselves as the solution for troubled youth. But are they the right choice? Maybe the real question that people should be typing is “how can I help my troubled child, here and now?”

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, troubled child, deliquency

A Holistic Approach to Preventing Teen Suicide

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Public-figure suicide is alarming not just because of the loss of a human life. It engenders more suicide as it highlights a way out for teens that feel hopeless. Suicide rates increased 10% after the heartbreaking loss of Robin Williams, and I suspect that this trend will continue with the more recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.

Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among teenagers in our community. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this is that the pattern of suicide is preventable. Communities would benefit from a holistic approach to suicide prevention that is grounded in research science. Below are three actionable ways to prevent teen suicide in your community.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, suicide prevention

Swedish Police Officer Helps MST Deal with Troubled Teens

Posted by Geena Jacobsson, MST Expert, SVERIGE


Joining Forces to Tackle Delinquency 

There are troubled youth everywhere. Big cities. Little towns. Halmstad, Sweden.

Halmstad is a port city on the country’s west coast with a population of more than 90,000. And as is the case in so many places worldwide, there is a drug problem among adolescents. How is the city dealing with it? One way is through collaboration between police Officer Thomas Turesson and the Halmstad Multisystemic Therapy (MST) team.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, International, police

State Success Guide: MST in North Carolina

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How MST Came to North Carolina

In 2009, North Carolina’s juvenile justice system needed a new answer. The state had been experiencing high rates of juvenile incarceration, which started to cause significant budgetary stress on the system. Soon, budget cuts were necessary and the state began to close group homes for delinquent youth. 

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Topics: MST, Multisystemic Therapy, State Success, North Carolina

MST Therapist Helps Family Escape Domestic Violence

Posted by Ruby A., MST Therapist, The New York Foundling

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A Bad Situation Becomes Dangerous When Domestic Violence Comes to Light

I was working as a therapist with the Hernandez* family for two months before I started to suspect that there was something else going on. The case originally came in because Manny, a 17-year-old living in the Bronx, was doing drugs, cutting class, violating curfew, and stealing. The family needed Multisystemic Therapy treatment to help navigate these issues and get Manny back on the right path. Little did I know I would soon be treating additional issues—issues beyond Manny’s control.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, domestic violence

State Success Guide: Ohio

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How MST Came to Ohio

In the mid-1990s, the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS) underwent research that revealed significant barriers to meeting the mental health needs of the incarcerated youth in their care. Motivated to address this, the department began looking for alternative treatments for delinquent youth – a search that quickly led to Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

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Topics: Ohio, MST, Multisystemic Therapy, State Success

What is the Family First Act?

Posted by Mikayla Berry, MST Services

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In 2015, the U.S. saw 683,000 child victims of maltreatment, and 430,333 children placed in foster/kinship care.1 $22.8 billion was spent by both states and the federal government on welfare services, with an additional $3.5 billion spent on foster/kinship care.

While the services provided through those expenditures were undoubtedly necessary, it’s heartbreaking to realize just how many children are displaced each year due to child abuse and neglect. The government needs to keep supporting welfare and foster services, but shouldn’t more be done to prevent the need for those services in the first place?

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Alternative Ways to Prevent School Shootings

Posted by Surabhi Rao


The unique, sensitive toll that has befallen the country urgently begs us to come up with non-traditional ways to address youth violence. Current methods of treatment are clearly not enough—we need to find new ways to prevent school shootings, which starts with addressing the behaviors and risk factors that influence youth violence. 

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Topics: prevent school shootings, ways to prevent school shootings, alternative treatment

Saying Goodbye, and Thank You, to an Important MST Team

Posted by Jamie Bunch-Sanfilippo, MST Sr. Expert

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The San Diego Unified School District has been one of the few school districts in the country that provides MST (Multisystemic Therapy) to adolescents and families. Since early 2003, San Diego Unified has successfully served many families through their MST program. However, due to devastating budget cuts, that program is being eliminated this month despite opposition from the community.  

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MST Addresses Antisocial Behaviors Across Geographic and Cultural Boundaries

Posted by Matthias Baumann, MST Supervisor, Aargau Team, Switzerland


MST is a Global Model

Switzerland, a country currently implementing MST, has one of the highest percentages of foreigners in its population with the majority of them being from Europe. In addition, Switzerland has 26 counties that work very independently from each other, from political ideas to economics structures. Given geographic and cultural differences, just how effective is a model like Multisystemic Therapy, when implemented internationally? 

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Topics: MST-CAN,, MST Services, International

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