MST Addresses Antisocial Behaviors Across Geographic and Cultural Boundaries

Posted by Matthias Baumann, MST Supervisor, Aargau Team, Switzerland

MST is a Global Model

Switzerland, a country currently implementing MST, has one of the highest percentages of foreigners in its population with the majority of them being from Europe. In addition, Switzerland has 26 counties that work very independently from each other, from political ideas to economics structures. Given geographic and cultural differences, just how effective is a model like Multisystemic Therapy, when implemented internationally? 

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Topics: MST-CAN,, MST Services, International

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

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,

Keeping Families Intact with MST-CAN

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Here's why a supervisor fell in love with the MST model

Remy Schonhaut wasn’t looking to join an MST program. Instead, it found her. And she’s more than glad it did. 

She was working in a residential program when she saw an opening for a supervisor at a prevention program based Multisystemic Therapy (MST) called MST-CAN. “I quickly fell in love with the MST model and its unique approach of keeping children in their home with their families,” Remy said. 

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Remy, middle, with her mother (left) and Scott Henggeler (right) at the International Conference 2016

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Topics: MST-CAN,

Norwegian MST Program for Child Abuse and Neglect Wins Favor

Posted by Ani Vik, MST-CAN Supervisor

One mom's testimony about MST-CAN moves a minister to support the program

I first heard about MST for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) when Cindy Swenson talked at a national conference arranged by the Norwegian Centre for Child Behavioral Development (NUBU) in 2013. After several years of working as an MST standard therapist and clinical supervisor, I hoped this MST adaptation would come to Norway. When Bærum municipality decided to adopt MST-CAN in 2016, I knew that it was going to be a good change for me—the opportunity to work with the same program I knew and loved, but with a few new challenges thrown in. And most importantly, with a population I deeply care for and for which I wanted to make a difference.


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Topics: MST-CAN,

An Effective Model for Child Abuse and Neglect

Posted by Kellie Allison, Manager of Network Partnerships

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

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.

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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