A Call to Action for Bipartisan Support of Juvenile Justice Reforms

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jun 22, 2017 8:15:00 AM

We need to  pass the Juvenile Justice Deliquency Prevention Act among other juvenile justice reforms in the United States

There are not many things that draw out bipartisan support in the United States federal government these days. However, the House and the Senate agree on one thing across the aisle—we need to make the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) a priority. How we go about doing that, of course, is where the conversations continue.

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Topics: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Understanding Cultural Differences to Achieve Success with MST

Posted by Phil, UK-Based MST Therapist

Jun 20, 2017 8:15:00 AM

When a therapist gets a new case, other professionals will sometimes warn, “there are cultural issues.” 

But what are “cultural issues”? 

I got the “cultural issues” advisory with a new case. The social worker described the girl’s poor behaviour as “very cultural.” Whatever that meant. So, alongside the usual startup work, I set out to find how her background might be driving her actions and poor choices.

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Topics: success stories,

Ode to Great Fathers on Father's Day

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jun 15, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Celebrating Father's Day by acknowledging the importance of fathers--especially her own

I am not going to lie. Growing up, I was considered a pretty unruly child. I was that youngster who drove teachers crazy. I got check marks on my report card for “constantly talking.” In elementary school, my teachers developed a behavioral contract to try and reinforce any positive behaviors. I have to admit I didn’t always earn many rewards. Not that I didn’t try. I just found it hard to sit still and behave. I wanted to have fun, be the class clown and entertain my fellow students. I wasn’t really all that interested in learning. It didn’t get much better in high school. I’d say I went to school for homeroom, recess and lunch. I liked being social. I am the youngest of 11 children. I guess that explains a lot.

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Topics: success stories,

An MST Supervisor Wins Award for Outstanding Service

Posted by Suzanne Kuepper

Jun 13, 2017 8:16:00 AM

Becky Womboldt honored by her agency for integrity, passion, and perseverance

Burnout is a constant struggle for anyone in the mental-health field. But for Becky Womboldt, Multisystemic Therapy (MST) supervisor of the Highfields Livingston team in Howell, Mich., it’s the model itself that keeps her grounded and able to push through roadblocks.MST Supervisor wins Latona award Highfields.jpg

From left to right: Becky, Addie Lanterman, Cheryl May, Tammy Ruterbusch

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Topics: Whatever it Takes Awards

Not Your Typical Father's Day Story

Posted by Laurie Spivey, MST Services

Jun 8, 2017 8:15:00 AM

When a gang leader uses his influence for the good of his child

This is a story about a father. Mind you, not your typical Father’s Day story. This is about a man who knew his influence and used it to change the direction of his son’s life. It’s about a therapist who understood the importance of fathers, and who had the insight and willingness to do “whatever it takes” to change the life of a kid, a kid that most people thought was a lost cause. 

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Topics: success stories,

Norwegian MST Program for Child Abuse and Neglect Wins Favor

Posted by Ani Vik, MST-CAN Supervisor

Jun 6, 2017 8:15:00 AM

One mom's testimony about MST-CAN moves a minister to support the program

I first heard about MST for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) when Cindy Swenson talked at a national conference arranged by the Norwegian Centre for Child Behavioral Development (NUBU) in 2013. After several years of working as an MST standard therapist and clinical supervisor, I hoped this MST adaptation would come to Norway. When Bærum municipality decided to adopt MST-CAN in 2016, I knew that it was going to be a good change for me—the opportunity to work with the same program I knew and loved, but with a few new challenges thrown in. And most importantly, with a population I deeply care for and for which I wanted to make a difference.


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Topics: MST-CAN,

A Revolving Door of Youth Arrests Had to Stop

Posted by Jessica Crowe, Tides Family Services

Jun 1, 2017 8:15:00 AM

An MST team turned the analytic process on themselves to solve their revolving youth arrest rate

Ever felt stuck? We have. For about two years. We at Tides Family Services were struggling with how to best support our youth and how to help them keep out of trouble with the law. Our youth were getting arrested for various reasons, some with lesser charges than others. It was difficult to gauge the reasons why and where to start. It felt like we were doing the same assessment over and over, and ultimately, getting the same results.revolving youth arrest rates.jpg

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Topics: Reduce Serious Offending

MST-Psychiatric, an Adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Melisa Rowland, MD

May 30, 2017 8:15:00 AM

To wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, we are highlighting a story from an MST-Psychiatric case

Jenna Smith was worried. Something was wrong with her son. She had suspected a problem for several years, but now there was no denying it—Rodney was ill. It was his mind. Jenna first noticed symptoms three years earlier, around Rodney’s 14th birthday. At that time, he was having trouble sleeping and would wander the halls of their apartment late at night, talking to himself. He stopped cleaning his room and often neglected his personal hygiene. MST_Psychiatric.jpg

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Topics: MST Psychiatric

Preventing Teen Suicide: A Community Initiative

Posted by Dan Bachicha, MST Expert

May 25, 2017 8:15:00 AM

May is Mental Health Awareness Month—a time devoted to promoting mental-health well-being. This year youth suicide and self-harm are top focus.

Seven years ago, tragedy struck Woodbury, Minn., when five suicides occurred within the first six months of the year. “After the last suicide, my community was grieving and broken,” said Dr. Renee Penticoff, co-founder and president of the Suicide Prevention Collaborative (SPC)  “I felt I had to do something.” And indeed she did.

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Dr. Renee Penticoff, second from the left, with volunteers from the SPC

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Topics: mental health awareness month

A UK Carer Describes How MST Works

Posted by Kashmir Goddard, MST Therapist

May 23, 2017 8:15:00 AM

In her own words. One mum shares her story of her MST treatment

Her relationship with her 14-year-old son had broken down. She argued with her own parents because they had different parenting styles, and she felt like she could no longer go to them for needed support. Most of all Mum was scared. It seemed as if it was too late to turn things around, no matter what she did. Mum was convinced that she had lost her son. She was convinced rules, consequences and rewards would only make things worse. 

What was she to do?

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Topics: family stories,

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