Western Australia's Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Program Wins Prestigious Award

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Mental Health Services Conference awards MST a Gold Achievement 

Police in Western Australia described 2013’s 53-percent drop in serious juvenile crime as “extraordinary.” One explanation given for the decline is the expanded use of behavior-management programs. One hundred and sixty of the 297 offenders being handled by youth crime intervention officers were assigned to a program. These 160 youths accounted for 1,098 offenses costing taxpayers $2.5 million. Since being placed in interventions, the number of crimes committed by them dropped to 471.

"Besides the cost-benefit, addressing the underlying issues of these young people has now been shown to reduce reoffending,” said Western Australia acting police inspector Mark Fleskens said.


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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST

Engaging Families is the Bedrock of MST

Posted by Alessandra Longo

knocked on a family’s door. The mother answered, simultaneously shoving the dog aside with her foot and pushing a stack of papers into my hands. Her hair looked rumpled and she wore the same blue t-shirt from the day before.  

Bronx_Cityscape010“Miss  Longo, the system is broken!” she shouted up at me. I looked at the papers and noted her welfare case had been closed again. The family’s entitlements would be suspended until she endured another full day battle just to begin the process of reapplication. I could feel her looking at me expectantly. My eyes met hers and I raised one side of my mouth in shared disappointment. “Frustrating,” I said. “I wish you didn’t have to go through the whole process again.”

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, MST nine principles

European Conference Celebrates the Implementation of MST

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Highlights of the 2014 MST European Conference are in. Over 450 participants attended the two-day event hosted at the beautiful Central Hall Westminster, London, England.  MST Therapists, Supervisors, Program Managers, Researchers, Policy Makers and Experts gathered from across Europe to celebrate the implementation of the MST model.  Keynote speakers included: Professor Peter Fonagy (Chief Investigator, START Research Trial, University College, London) Edward Timpson MP (Minister for Children, Department of Education, UK) and Professor Sonja Schoenwald (Professor Family Services Research Center, Charleston, South Carolina).

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST, European Conference

A Personal Account of how MST Saved one Family in South Carolina

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

What do you do when your 16-year-old is disrespectful, aggressive, drinks, disregards curfews and hangs around with peers who are bad influences? In other words, his life is in a downward spiral toward prison.LR_(3)  (The first names were changed to protect the family's privacy.)

Pablo’s mother, Maria, didn’t have the answer. The Hispanic family living in rural South Carolina had always been close knit. But since her husband left and her fiancé moved in, Pablo’s behavior had deteriorated.

After a particularly volatile incident, the boy had to be removed from the home. 

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, MST

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