An Effective Model for Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Kellie Allison, Manager of Network Partnerships

Apr 27, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Staten Island MST-CAN program can and does make a difference

Just the thought of a parent becoming violent toward his or her child causes a pretty visceral reaction in many people. Most of us love and want to protect children, and the subject of child abuse and neglect makes us feel helpless and hopeless. What can be done with and for a parent who beats a child?

There’s no doubt that it’s a challenge. But there are options other than removing the child from the home.MST-CAN Staten Island Team.jpg

Four members of the Staten Island Family Services MST-CAN team

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Topics: MST-CAN,

Multisystemic Therapy Adaptation Helps Families Overcome Most Difficult Obstacles

Posted by Joanne Penman, MST Services

Apr 5, 2016 10:32:00 AM

MST-CAN and MST-BSF are helping families with exceptionally complex and difficult problems

"More and more we have recognized the complexity of the context—cultural, social and individual—in which child maltreatment occurs¹." There is no one factor that causes child abuse and neglect, and there are no simple solutions to fixing the problem. That is especially true when it comes to families who come under the guidance of Child Protective Services due to a report of abuse or neglect. The safety of the children and family is at risk and the parents may be challenged with difficulties such as drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems (i.e., depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc.), low social support or social isolation, domestic violence, marital dissatisfaction, poor knowledge of child development and/or low community resources.

Interventions need to be tailored to meet the unique circumstances that each family is experiencing. Two Multisystemic Therapy (MST) offshoots accomplish that for such families.


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Topics: MST-CAN,

Universal Children's Day: Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child

Posted by Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D.

Nov 19, 2014 9:10:00 PM

Many people and cultures throughout the world condone the practice of using corporal punishment to discipline children. But should they?  

UNICEF doesn’t think so. Its Convention on the Rights of the Child called for the abolishment of the parents and caregivers’ right to use physical punishment on children. Today marks Universal Children’s Day, which began in 1954. Its goal has been to improve the welfare of kids across the globe. As stated in a report to the U.N. secretary-general in 2001, "We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind."

Screen_Shot_2014-11-19_at_8.30.16_PMIn celebration of Universal Children's Day, MST has put together a thought-provoking infographic on the consequences of corporal punishment. We call it, Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child. Click here to see the Infographic.

Ending violence—including corporal punishment—is an objective of the United Nations and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN).

MST-CAN is designed to help children and their families overcome physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. It works to keep children safely at home. The focus is providing treatment to the whole family with special attention given to parents to overcome some of the challenges they face to parenting.

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Topics: MST-CAN,, Universal Children's Day, Corporal punishment,

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