MST Therapist Does Whatever it Takes for a Family

Posted by Susan Ofstein, MST Expert, Community Solutions, Inc.

This therapist helped clear a path for Mom to succeed, literally

When I think of summer, my mind wanders to the feelings and smells of a summer day—the sun’s warmth on my skin, the taste of BBQ and other treats, the smell of freshly cut grass and the sound of the lawn mower zipping through the ever-growing jungle that we call a yard. There is something therapeutic about cutting the grass, but sometimes it is more than just about mowing the lawn, as one of my therapists for a team on my caseload found out during a recent session. 

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Overcoming Challenges of Doing MST in the Inner City

Posted by Sherry Albert, Chief Operating Officer, Community Solutions, Inc.

Lessons learned from other MST teams and an experienced expert to meet the challenges of working in the inner city

Two years ago, CSI's (Community Solutions Inc.New Jersey Multisystemic Therapy (MST) teams were struggling. Retaining staff and achieving positive outcomes for families was proving to be very difficult. Everyone was invested—they were just unsure if MST could work in their neighborhoods. The communities were experiencing high levels of violence, and families were increasingly losing hope. The program manager of the New Jersey teams wasn’t sure if MST alone was a viable treatment option given everything that was happening in the area. The program leadership wondered whether therapists would be safe when they went to see families. Could they successfully engage people who had strong distrust of professionals? Could they help families rearrange their ecologies so that young people did not get rearrested during the course of MST? Could they work to get young people back to school?

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Michelle Robinson receiving her WIT award at the 2017 International Conference pictured alongside Scott Henggeler

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An MST Supervisor Wins Award for Outstanding Service

Posted by Suzanne Kuepper

Becky Womboldt honored by her agency for integrity, passion, and perseverance

Burnout is a constant struggle for anyone in the mental-health field. But for Becky Womboldt, Multisystemic Therapy (MST) supervisor of the Highfields Livingston team in Howell, Mich., it’s the model itself that keeps her grounded and able to push through roadblocks.MST Supervisor wins Latona award Highfields.jpg

From left to right: Becky, Addie Lanterman, Cheryl May, Tammy Ruterbusch

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An MST Champion Does Whatever it Takes

Posted by Garry Blackburn, MST Supervisor

Sometimes, it takes a leap of faith. Sometimes, it takes several.

Two years ago, Wigan (a large, former mining town in the north of England) had lots of hard-working and innovative services, but not Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Wigan took a leap of faith and commisioned its first MST team to work with complex cases on the edge of care.

One of the very first referrals to the team was Stephanie*, a 15-year-old girl with many complex behavioral problems. Numerous services over the previous nine years or so had worked with her. Eleven separate professionals/services were involved with the family at the time of the referral to MST, and everything Wigan had to offer had been exhausted.

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Pictured above is Laura Protano receiving her Whatever It Takes award

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Seven Reasons This Therapist Was Nominated for a WIT Award

Posted by Michelle Robinson, MST Expert

MST therapist helps father through difficult time and nominated him for WIT award

As any parent today will tell you, it is hard enough to raise a teenager under the best of circumstances. What we know in Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, help is needed to achieve the hoped-for results. In those troubled times, it can be more painful if the help you seek doesn’t make things better at all. 

But that isn’t always the case, as one New Jersey father can attest. He was in desperate need of help handling his daughter. Luckily, he was assigned MST therapist Lionel Latouche.

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Above, Latouche is shown receiving his WIT award from his supervisor 

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MST Annual 'Whatever It Takes Award Winners'

Posted by Lori Cohen, MST Services

Whatever it Takes Awards Announced at International Conference

Multisystemic Therapy (MST), which works with high-risk juvenile offenders to keep them at home, in school and out of trouble, announced the 2014 Annual Whatever It Takes (WIT) winners at the MST International Conference held in Charleston, SC earlier this week.  WIT_Awards_2014

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