MST Helped Keep Young Man in New Zealand in School

Posted by Arran Jameson, MST Therapist, Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga

Mar 20, 2018 1:10:54 PM


Support of school instrumental in long-lasting success for young New Zealander

Jacob was only 13, but he had a history of arson, marijuana use, solvent abuse and shoplifting. He associated with anti-social peers, was medicated daily for ADHD and was only attending school for two hours each morning—during which he was frequently sent home due to disruptive behavior. He had been to the board of trustees twice already. A third serious incident of disruptive or unsafe behaviour would likely end in exclusion (expulsion). That’s when he was referred to Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

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Families Benefit When Pushing Beyond Their Comfort Zone

Posted by Katelyn Jakubovic, MST Therapist, Adelphoi Village

Mar 13, 2018 1:05:00 PM


MST therapists help families overcome their initial anxiety about treatment 

“You can come back now,” the doctor said. I apprehensively followed her into the room and watched the door close behind us. My heart raced. The doctor picked up on my anxiety. She assured me, “I make people nervous every day, but getting past that fear is what benefits them in the long run.”

This got me thinking. I imagine that families going into Multisystemic Therapy (MST) feel similar anxiety when they meet their therapist for the very first time.

Picture this. A stranger is about to come knocking at your door, asking all kinds of questions, making you tell your family’s life story, a story that you’ve told at least a dozen times before. This person is coming into your home—I cannot help but believe for some this must feel very intrusive. 

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New Evidence-Based Programs in New South Wales, Australia, Include MST-CAN

Posted by Timothy Suttie, Assistant Project Officer, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Feb 27, 2018 1:10:00 PM


Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) commenced in priority locations across New South Wales in August 2017

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we work. We also pay respect to Elders past, present and future, and recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people from this land.

To support the rollout of this model, Their Futures Matter has developed a brochure for families who are referred to the service. The brochure, which explains what families can expect from the service, was designed in consultation with non-government organisations who are delivering the service, and the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec – the peak organisation representing Aboriginal community organisations in NSW).

Most importantly, feedback was sought from Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families in relation to the design and content of the brochure.

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From Hopeless to Hopeful with MST

Posted by Daniel Allshouse, MST Supervisor, Adelphoi Village

Feb 21, 2018 2:00:48 PM


Multisystemic therapists bring hope for change to struggling families

The concept of hope is one many of us take for granted. Some of us just think we deserve better or less depending on our life experiences. As a Multisystemic Therapy supervisor and therapist, I noticed a theme with families that create positive behavioral changes in their lives. This theme revolves around the family being hopeful for better things to come.

But it isn’t easy, as often when families begin MST, they are burnt out with little to no hope things can get better.

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Single Mother Finds Hope with Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Joanna Sinnwell, Business Development and Marketing Director, North Range Behavioral Health

Feb 14, 2018 1:10:00 PM


Without hope and paralyzed with despair, single mother turns to Multisystemic Therapy

Jessica felt that she had failed her eldest daughter, and now she was losing her sons. Her daughter had overdosed, nearly died, and she was now living with her uncle. Her son, Emilio, 14, was damaging school property and not coming home after class. She worried about his dangerous behaviors. He and his younger brother, Josiah, 12, ignored her, and fought viciously and constantly. Having experienced aggression in the family throughout her life, Jessica felt powerless to stop the angry spiral of disrespect and hostility. Both boys refused to listen to her and constantly tested her empty threats. Jessica was anxious, isolated and afraid. 

A local agency in Greeley, Colo., Youth and Family Connections, suggested Multisystemic Therapy (MST) at North Range Behavioral Health, the local community mental health center. Carrie, an MST therapist, was assigned Jessica’s case. 

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Topics: success stories,

Advanced Supervisor Workshop: An Opportunity for Growth

Posted by Lori Bentley, MST Supervisor, Catholic Charities

Feb 8, 2018 1:10:00 PM


Advanced Supervisor Workshop enhances professional skills

As a Multisystemic Therapy (MST) supervisor, I find that there aren’t many opportunities for the supervisors’ community to come together to strengthen their skills and support one another in the unique role we play. That is one reason I find the MST Advanced Supervisor Workshop (ASW) held in Charleston, S.C., so critical to my professional development and the agency I work for. Each time I attend the workshop, I walk away feeling re-energized for the work we do.

This past September was no different for me. Prior to heading out from Buffalo to Charleston, I eagerly did my advance prep. After all, it wouldn’t be an MST training if we weren’t given advanced prep.


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How MST Achieves Long Lasting Results

Posted by Laurie Spivey, MST Services

Jan 31, 2018 2:27:08 PM


The nine principles of MST ensure that the treatment gains continue

Since becoming involved with Multisystemic Therapy (MST) 13 years ago, I have probably been asked 1,000 times what MST is or what I do. It can be a complicated question to answer only because MST does so many things. We solve problems. We keep at-risk kids at home. We empower good people to be great parents. We make communities safer. We save taxpayer dollars. We champion juvenile-justice reform...honestly, I could go on. 

I am proud of my work and the collective work of MST teams across the globe. While there may have been a few parties or family gatherings at which it would have been nice to provide a shorter answer like “I teach third grade,” I’m glad I do what I do. But perhaps the part that makes me most proud is our treatment generalization.

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Topics: MST nine principles

The MST European Conference Is Around the Corner

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Jan 24, 2018 1:10:00 PM


The MST European Conference will be held in Malmö, Sweden in May

When they say that time flies by when you are having fun, they aren’t kidding. The older I get (and I say I am older than dirt), the quicker time seems to fly.

It is hard to believe that almost four years ago, 450 participants from the MST community came together for the 2014 MST European Conference in London. Delegates gathered from Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium and the United Kingdom to celebrate the strong implementation of MST across their communities. 

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Social Media: The New School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Youth

Posted by Sed Lewis, Georgia State Director, Community Solutions, Inc.

Jan 17, 2018 1:10:00 PM


The school-to-prison pipeline is gaining fuel based on inappropriate behavior on social media

The pipeline is the trend of funneling students from public schools into the criminal justice system. African-American youth have been the most impacted by the pipeline.

Even worse, the U.S. Department of Education has new research that shows the pipeline starts at pre-school for black students. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, black students represent 31 percent of school-related arrests. It started with the zero tolerance policies of the 1990s that saw students being criminalized for minor school infractions such as improper dress, disruption of a public school, obstruction, etc.

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Topics: school to prison pipeline

MST Therapist Helps Aunt Reconnect with Family

Posted by Valerie Kuthe, MST Supervisor, NFI Massachusetts

Jan 9, 2018 1:10:00 PM


This aunt demonstrates the importance of using extended family for support 

Marianna* grew up in a large extended family. She learned early on commitment to family was a strength of her Hispanic culture. Her strong dedication to family and supporting one another, she would explain, is really part of who she is and how she was raised. Because of this, she didn’t think twice about taking in her nephew, Mateo. Raising him like he was one of her own. 

But when he turned 15, things began to change.

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Topics: success stories,

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