Want to Be an MST Therapist? Read This

Posted by Amy King, MST Expert

Sep 22, 2016 1:20:29 PM

You got your degree... Now what?

After graduating from university, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. The only thing I was 100-percent certain about was that I wanted to work with children and families and make a real difference. After a few short-term jobs, a friend, who was a juvenile-probation officer, told me about a new program called Multisystemic Therapy (MST) that really seemed to be helping out kids, and they were hiring. The description seemed to match just what I was looking for, so I applied that day to be an MST therapist and never looked back. 

be_an_mst_therapist.jpgAmy King, left, and Sandy Crotts, right, at MST's 20 year anniversary 

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Topics: MST

A Mother Expresses Her Gratitude for Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Dr. Philip Reynolds, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and MST Supervisor, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Feb 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Two out-of-control teens felt unmanagable until MST stepped in

The Anderson family was lost in conflict. Despite Ms. Anderson trying various programs and services and having the support of the Department of Children’s Social Care, her family was embroiled in constant conflict. Two of her children were referred for Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Her son was physically aggressive at home with his siblings and mother. He was abusing drugs and disruptive at school. Her daughter was also aggressive toward family members and was not attending school. Ms. Anderson was suffering from depression and unable to make a change in the family dynamics. Lauren, from the MST-FIT team, was assigned to the family, and things began to change.


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Topics: MST, success stories,

Secure Placement Seemed the Only Option Until MST

Posted by Gordon Wilson, MST Therapist at Action for Children, Essex, UK

Dec 1, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The last stop before placement: Multisystemic Therapy

At 15, Charlotte had one foot out the door on the way to secure accommodation placement. While she had her grandmother, Doreen, who loved her and was her primary caregiver, as well as an uncle and her mother in the same household, Charlotte’s behaviors were so risky that professionals involved with the family felt that sending her to a secure placement was the only way to keep her safe. teen-drug-abuse.jpg

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Topics: MST, substance abuse, UK, success stories,

Giving Thanks to her MST Therapist

Posted by A caregiver from New York

Nov 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Thanksgiving, that wonderful holiday when turkey abounds and families get together to enjoy each other’s company. Oh yes, and to give thanks for all they have. One woman is grateful to her MST therapist for making it possible to enjoy the company of her 16-year-old sister, who had been in and out of trouble and court, and was heading toward placement.

We were in court again because C had messed up. Another arrest. And that wasn’t all she was doing. She wasn’t going to school at all. Some days, I’d drop her off, and she’d sneak out the back door as soon as I left. She would run away for weeks at a time, staying at her boyfriend’s house all hours of the day and night. She was smoking marijuana and doing God knows what else. When she was home, she was disrespectful, and we argued. She was stealing from me, stealing from stores, and hanging out with friends that I didn’t approve of—the type of friends who ended up on the news because of the stuff they were involved in. I had to deal with all of this because I took in my sister when no one else was left to take care of her. Not to mention I had four of my own children to take care of, the youngest barely four months old that day in court. Thanksgiving.jpeg

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Topics: MST, family stories,, success stories,

What to Expect When an MST Therapist Comes into Your Home

Posted by Sarah Johansson, MST-SA Supervisor

Nov 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sometimes a stranger can bring great meaning to your life

If you’re a parent whose child is referred to Multisystemic Therapy, chances are you are wondering about the stranger being sent to your home. Thoughts running through your brain might include, who is this person, what is his or her clinical experience? Are they skilled enough to help with my child? Will this therapist judge or blame me? What makes this therapist and this program different from the other programs we’ve tried?Fortune

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, MST Model

In MST, Parents Aren't the Problem, They're the Solution

Posted by Sue Dee

Nov 12, 2015 10:00:00 AM

You've come to the right place

When a youth is exhibiting antisocial behavior and is committing criminal offenses in the community, families are often at a loss as how to move forward. They feel powerless to change their children’s choices. This often stops them from seeking the right kind of support, and it also creates difficulties for professionals working with these kids and families to find the right solution. In MST, we don’t see parents as the problem, we see them as the solution. We stand ready to support caregivers to hold their kids accountable and make changes in the youth’s environment that will impact their choices. With a referral to MST, “You’ve Come to the Right Place” for help turning your child around.

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Topics: MST, engaging families

MST's Positive Outcomes Depend on Building Therapeutic Relationships

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Nov 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Multisystemic Therapy takes more than a Coke and a smile

I remember when I was an MST supervisor, one of my therapists came into my office and said that he had finally figured it out—“Engagement in MST isn’t a Coke and a smile!” It wasn’t about having families invite him into their homes, greeting him with a smile on their faces, offering him a seat at their kitchen table and a Coke to drink. Engagement was something much more. After working in MST for several months, he had really started to understand that engagement and alignment meant a whole lot more and was critical to long-lasting success.coke_smile

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Youth Justice Awareness Month: How Multisystemic Therapy Can Help

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Oct 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

October is Youth Justice Awareness Month. YJAM brings awareness to systemic racial inequality 

In his proclamation naming October 2015 Youth Justice Awareness Month, President Obama said, “Nearly 55,000 individuals under age 21 are being held in juvenile justice facilities across the United States—a disproportionate number of whom are young people of color, including tribal youth. The proportion of detained and incarcerated girls and young women, often victims of abuse, has also significantly increased over the past few decades.”

When you look at the statistics, the racial disparity between which kids end up in jail and which do not is startling.YJAM_blog_pic

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Topics: MST, Youth Justice Awareness Month

MST-FIT: Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism for Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Laurie Spivey, MST Services

Oct 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The revolving door of juvenile offending can be stopped

When juvenile offenders move from incarceration back home and into their communities, it is a crucial period. Unfortunately, that period often results in a revolving door for seven of 10 released youths. They revert to committing crimes and are locked up again. MST-FIT, (Family Integrated Transitions) an adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy, has proven to be an effective way to break this cycle. It is an intensive six-month family and community-based treatment program that strengthens the family’s ability to support their youth and keep them out of trouble.

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Topics: MST, MST-FIT

MST in Pennsylvania: Proven Successful in Helping Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Elizabeth Campbell, Ph.D., EPISCenter and Lori Moore, MST Services

Sep 29, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Evidence-based interventions in Pennsylvania yield reductions in placement rates

The state of Pennsylvania has a long history of doing right by its high-risk youth. It followed the example set by Illinois in 1899 of not looking on children and adolescents as being solely responsible for their behavior. Courts would not merely mete out punishment. They would look for ways to rehabilitate the defendants.

One hundred years later, alongside a number of initiatives to improve its juvenile justice system, Pennsylvania leaders began encouraging the adoption of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) such as Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Functional Family Therapy (FFT) as a way to help troubled youth, keep them at home and out of prison.

Based on evaluations and outcome reports by the EPISCenter, EBIs are accomplishing just that.PA_chart

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Topics: MST, evidence-based, evidence-based intervention

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