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Investing in Youth by Investing in Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Mar 7, 2017 9:45:00 AM

The C-Rep Behavioral Health Agency makes a difference in Fayetteville, North Carolina

"When we identify our youth by what they do, and label them 'youth offenders,' instead of who they are, we limit them and ourselves to all the possibilities of what they can become. Even if those very young people have made choices to go down the wrong path, don’t they deserve someone to invest in their lives and in their future?" —Tony Haire, PhD.

This story could have turned out a lot differently. It could have ended with Tony Haire in jail. But it didn’t.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST

The MST International Conference is a Month Away

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Feb 2, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Before looking ahead, here's my thoughts on past conference

I can hardly believe it has been 17 years since I first attended the biannual MST International Conference in Savannah, Ga. At that time, I was an MST supervisor for Adelphoi Village. I loved my new job, but I wasn’t yet exactly sure what I was doing. I went to the conference enthusiastic and ready learn. The workshops I attended fit the bill. 

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jan 10, 2017 8:15:00 AM

January is dedicated to bringing awareness to human trafficking and slavery

You’re a 14-year-old girl living in an impoverished country. You have always dreamed of getting an education. Suddenly, an opportunity of a lifetime comes your way to learn and study in America. This is just what you have hoped might happen. Your close relative has gone to America and has been very successful. She and her husband are medical professionals and show pictures of living in a beautiful home. They tell your parents if you come to live with them, you will be given all kinds of educational and economic opportunities. In return, all you have to do is help them care for their two young children. Sounds perfect, right?

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Hanging Out With the Wrong Crowd

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Sep 29, 2016 1:06:06 PM

Your mother was right—Who you hang out with influences what you do

I remember when I was growing up, the youngest of 11 children, my mother would tell me not to hang out with "those kids," the wrong crowd, the ones who would get me in trouble. And of course, I would protest, "No, they won’t. They are my friends." Then, inevitably, they did. Nothing too major, just enough that I knew my friends had a big influence on me. 

It turns out that research shows my mother was right. When looking at the predictors of anti-social behavior, "negative peer association" is the most powerful one, making it a high-risk factor for the teens we work with in Multisystemic Therapy (MST).


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Charging Juvenile Offenders as Adults, Part II

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Aug 18, 2016 1:00:50 PM

A response from an MST staffer and parent

As I read Laurie Spivey’s most recent blog post, "Charging Juvenile Offenders as Adults," I have to admit I struggled. I live in an area where a young person committed one of those horrific crimes on school property that put children I care for at risk. This young person’s behaviors put fear in the eyes of friends who grew up together and violated that sacred ground—their safe space. Community temperature ran high.

For me, as someone who is trained in Multisystemic Therapy (MST), who is trained in adolescent brain development and who in my head knows the best answer—the right answers—I struggled. For a moment, I had to really think. “If this were my child being directly victimized, what would I want?” This situation hit so close to home—our children were there—and now, this was a very real question for me and my family.


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Topics: juvenile offenders

A Helpful Guide on Choosing Programs for Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Aug 9, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Long-time MST therapist has suggestions for communities looking for juvenile offender services

When I became an MST therapist more than 16-and-a-half years ago, I met with a county juvenile probation officer to discuss referrals being made to our program. She was a lovely person with a passion for the work she was doing in the juvenile-justice field. As a probation officer, she was responsible for 40 to 50 cases and knew every one of those young people and their families personally. She believed in the Multisystemic Therapy mission of keeping youth at home, in school and out of trouble with the law as keys to their success.

But how to do that successfully for her was still a question to be answered.


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Pennsylvania MST Therapist Wins Award

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jul 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM

What does it take to be an award-winning MST therapist?

It takes a special type of person to be an MST therapist. Requirements? Supreme empathy. Intuitiveness. The sleuthing power of Sherlock Holmes to uncover the mysteries of why a youth is acting out. Diplomatic skills to get an entire family—and even the extended community—on board with the program.


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Topics: MST, Multisystemic Therapy

How Did Connecticut Turn Around Its Juvenile-Justice System?

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Mar 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Using MST to right the ship, Julie Revaz tells the story

What can help reduce the overall number of intakes to the juvenile-justice system, support the closing of a detention center, reduce the number of young people in residential settings and help a state improve the overall quality of life for adolescents and their families? 

Come to the 2016 MST pre-conference at Blueprints in Denver, Colorado, April 11 to meet Julie Revaz, MSW, a manager in Connecticut’s Court Support Services Division, a key champion of evidenced-based practices, and learn the answer to that question and so much more.


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Topics: Blueprints, MST pre-conference

Inequality in the Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jan 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Disparities in the juvenile justice system start younger than you'd think, and have a staggering impact

We’d all like to believe that the scales of justice are balanced. But in the case of juvenile justice, the scales are weighted against minority kids. 

The facts and figures in this infographic show just how unequal the system is, and some of them might shock you.


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Topics: juvenile justice, juvenile justice system, MST Infographic

Rethinking Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Dec 3, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Raising the age

When does a kid become an adult? When do you move a violator from juvenile to adult court? In North Carolina,16-year-olds are considered adults. In other states, including Connecticut, the age is 18.

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Topics: juvenile justice, CT juvenile justice reform, juvenile justice system

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