Jennifer Vinces-Cua, MST Expert

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National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Importance of Spanish in MST

Posted by Jennifer Vinces-Cua, MST Expert

Oct 3, 2017 11:23:18 AM

It's National Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is one MST expert's story of being Hispanic and practicing Multisystemic Therapy.

I grew up in Queens, the most diverse borough of New York City. I was surrounded by many languages, but Spanish was what my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends spoke. It will always give me a sense of family.

We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The observance is marked by music, awards and awareness of the illustrious Latino experience and history. This festive period led me to reflect on my personal heritage that has opened many doors of opportunity.

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Multisystemic Therapy as an Alternative to Placement

Posted by Jennifer Vinces-Cua, MST Expert

Dec 15, 2016 10:40:37 AM

A determined grandmother does whatever it takes to help her grandson succeed

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) therapists and supervisors engage all families and do whatever it takes to build a trusting relationship. They know how important it is to connect to families and their needs in a direct and efficient way from day one. This connection was made with a 68-year-old grandmother who referred to herself as "Guerrera,"—Spanish for warrior. 

Guerrera’s story is one of courage and strength. She fought against odds to regain her grandson from the grips of the local street gang. Sadly, the presence of criminal activity was not foreign to her. She was exposed to it when living in her native country of Colombia years before moving to New York City.

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