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,

MST Model Turns Social Worker into Evidence-Based Programs Believer

Posted by Helen McKee, Operational Director of Children’s Services, Action for Children

Aug 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Will Multisystemic Therapy work across the pond? 

When I was first introduced to MST about two years ago, I approached it with a healthy dose of caution. Among my questions were will what works in the U.S. translate to the U.K.? Do the positive outcomes reflect actual impact or clever evaluation? Does this service cherry-pick and therefore is guaranteed to get good outcomes? And as a licensed provider, will we be micro-managed by MST-UK? The program sounded very prescriptive, and I had the sense that it was “painting by numbers.”

My organization, Action for Children, is driven to ensure that all our services have a positive impact on children, young people and their families. In addition, we have a growing interest in specific programs that are underpinned by a strong evidence base. Naturally, one of our primary charitable objectives is that our fundraised and contracted incomes are spent efficiently and effectively. 

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Topics: UK, MST Model

How Early Intervention Programs Like MST Can Save UK $2 Billion

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

May 6, 2015 1:00:00 PM

The cost of not using evidence based programs for troubled youths is high

Proponents of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and other evidence-based programs say it over and over. Give young people experiencing difficulties the right intervention and you save society enormous amounts of money by keeping them home, out of jail and turning them into productive citizens.

Fifty British charities have weighed in on the subject. They estimate that a failure to intervene early leads to crises more costly to fix later. More costly? How about $2 billion more costly.v2-18-Drunk-woman-getty

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Topics: cost effectiveness, UK, evidence-based programs

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