How MST Works: A Video

Posted by Laura Jurasek

Aug 29, 2017 8:15:00 AM

A mom and two MST experts share their experiences on how MST works 

Think about how hopeless Michelle felt. Her daughter, Sam, was out of control, and Michelle was out of options. Or so she thought.

After trying many different services and suffering many disappointments, Michelle was doubtful that anything would work. Still, she gave Multisystemic Therapy (MST) a try. 

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An MST Therapist is Born

Posted by Sophie Karpf

Aug 24, 2017 11:20:23 AM

A childhood dream realized

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut? Studies show that just 6 percent of adults end up in the careers they wanted as kids. Katelyn Jakubovic is part of that 6 percent.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy

Treating Juvenile Sex Offenders with MST

Posted by Denise Whetzel, MST-PSB Expert & Sarah Reeves, MST-PSB Supervisor

Aug 22, 2017 1:11:00 PM

MST for Problem Sexual Behavior works with youth engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour

The sexual behaviour of young people is often difficult to fathom, even more so when that behaviour harms someone else. Estimates suggest that nearly a quarter of reported cases of child sexual abuse are committed by an individual younger than 18. Victims are often younger than the perpetrator and known to them, either as a family member or family friend.

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Topics: MST-PSB

MST: Go-To Intervention for L.A. County Probation Department

Posted by Paul Vinetz, Bureau Chief, Los Angeles County Probation Department

Aug 17, 2017 10:18:31 AM

L.A. County Bureau Chief says his staff trusts Multisystemic Therapy as treatment for at-risk youth

I first learned of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) in 2003 when I was assigned to the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) program. JJCPA operates from a platform of evidence-based practices and principles that unite and coordinate a wide range of services. Through JJCPA, the probation department has continued to partner with the Department of Mental Health to contract with local agencies to provide MST services. 

It did not take me long to realize the value and potential of a therapist who is engaged with the youth’s social ecology

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Topics: juvenile probation

The Opioid Epidemic: A National Emergency Infographic

Posted by Dr. Scott Henggeler

Aug 15, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Are we in danger of losing a generation of children from the opioid crisis

Our family lives on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Yet, painkillers prescribed by physicians resulting in opioid addiction and the ready availability of heroin have damaged the lives of many families in our extended social network – children of our friends, friends of our friends, work colleagues of our friends, families of our children’s friends, and acquaintances in our community.

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Bringing MST-CAN to New South Wales to Serve Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Posted by Jess Byrne, Senior Project Officer, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Aug 10, 2017 10:32:17 AM

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.

Child abuse and neglect is not unique to any one continent, country or city. Across the globe, governments and non-government organisations are working together to support those most vulnerable in our communities to reach the best possible outcomes and lives.

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Topics: MST-CAN,

Congress Passes Legislation to Reauthorize JJDPA

Posted by Naomi Smoot, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Aug 8, 2017 8:15:00 AM

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) may be the long-awaited bicameral win that Congress has been searching for this year 

First enacted in 1974, the JJDPA provides four core protections for young people who are involved in the juvenile justice system. The legislation ensures that youth are not housed in adult facilities, that they are sight and sound separated from adult inmates, and that states address racial and ethnic disparities within their systems. The law also prohibits the incarceration of young people for status offenses such as running away from home and skipping school. These status-offense behaviors are illegal only because the person engaging in them has not yet reached the age of majority. 

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Topics: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

MST Therapist Stands Out as Clinician and Father

Posted by Donna Stenton-Groves, MST Supervisor, Nottingham

Aug 3, 2017 9:13:46 AM

His humility shows first and foremost

Let’s talk about Fuzi Bradshaw—an outstanding Multisystemic Therapy (MST) clinician and father.

When you first meet Fuzi, you are struck by his humility. He talks with humble pride about the work he does with MST families in the Nottingham community of England. He talks with that same pride about his own family and the lives that he is shaping as a father.

Fuzi is a recent recipient of the MST Sustained Excellence award (an ESSY) for his overall adherence to the MST model as determined by the MST Therapist’s Adherence Measure. 

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Providing Multisystemic Therapy with Sparse Populations

Posted by Halldór Hauksson, Program Director, MST Iceland

Aug 1, 2017 8:15:00 AM

MST's work in Iceland shows that it's possible to provide MST in remote areas

Approximately 500 families have completed Multisystemic Therapy (MST) in Iceland since the first team started in November 2008. MST was brought in as a part of a policy change by the Government Agency for Child Protection, which is a provider for speciailised services like Parent Management Training–Oregon Model (PMTO), MST and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for sexually abused children (Barnahus—Children‘s House). Since 2010, two MST standard teams have worked in Iceland. MST, like all other social services in the country, is free of charge.

MST brought a significant improvement to the Icelandic Child Protection System (CPS) and made it possible to close many of the residential treatment homes.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST

Can Drug Courts Partner with Evidence-Based Programs?

Posted by Liz Buchanan, MST Expert, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority

Jul 27, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Louisiana is adding MST to drug courts. This is why

More than 30 percent of high-school students reported drinking alcohol and nearly 40 percent said they used marijuana in 2015. Using and abusing drugs as a minor has been shown to contribute to academic difficulties, mental-health problems, negative peer relationships and involvement in the juvenile-justice system. We know that adolescents and teens are hard-wired to take risks. Thus, many teens will experiment with drugs and alcohol, and will not grow to abuse these substances. But what can be done to help those who escalate from experimentation to misuse, abuse or a substance misuse disorder?

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform,

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