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Issue 4 : 2016


MST recently received the Model-Plus Program designation from Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, an organization that provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens. The Model-Plus Program designation is given to programs with the highest standard of effectiveness and readiness for scale.

Blueprints created the Model-Plus designation last year as a way to help further distinguish its top model programs. Each program that receives the Blueprints seal is identified based on an initial review of program evaluation evidence by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) and a final review and recommendation from a distinguished advisory board, consisting of seven experts in the field of positive youth development.

More than 1,400 programs have been reviewed, but less than 5 percent have been designated as Model or Promising Programs. MST is one of only two models to receive the highest-level, Model-Plus Program designation.

In order to receive the Model-Plus Program designation, high-quality independent replications must be available. If present, the independent replications are reviewed to determine the quality of the replication studies. Although most of the Blueprints programs have independent replications, there were only two programs that met Blueprint’s high standards: MST and LifeSkills Training.

It is an honor to receive this designation which serves as further proof that MST is setting the standard for quality evidence-based programs throughout the community and beyond. Thank you to our team for making this possible!

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  • MST currently has 544 teams around the world (compared to 195 in Jan. 2004)

  • Did you know that MST served 6,784 families in August 2016?
  • Join us in welcoming the following new teams to MST!

    • Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute (Valencia County Team 2) - New Mexico

    • Psychotherapeutic Services Inc. (PBH) - Delaware

    • Life Without Barriers Western Australia (LWB MST) - Australia

    • Unlimited Alternatives to Change, LLC (UAC Bossier 1) - Louisiana

    • KS Consultants (Lehigh/Northampton 2) - Pennsylvania

    • Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute (SW Family Sante Fe Team 2) - New Mexico

    • Amethyst Consulting and Treatment Solutions (ACTS 3-PSB) - North Carolina

    • Life Changing Solutions LLC (Lafayette Team 3) - Louisiana 

    • Alexander Youth Network (Fayetteville MST-PSB) - North Carolina

    • Chile Ministry of Interior (Copiapo, Renca, Macul, Tarapaca 01 and Tarapaca 02) - Chile

    • Integrated Family Services LLC (IFS Team 3) - Louisiana

    • Grace Harbour (Troup and Chatham) - Georgia

    • FJP De Viersprong (MST-CAN Rotterdam) - Netherlands

    • CHRIS 180-Gwinnett Incentive (CHRIS 180-Gwinnett) - Georgia

    • Extern NI (Bail Supervision Scheme) - Ireland 



Intheloop4.jpgDuring our last Network Partner call, Dr. Scott Henggeler presented on "Community-based interventions for juvenile offenders" and "Multisystemic therapy: Clinical overview, outcomes, and implementation research." You can download the presentation slides to learn more.




Each quarter we recognize individuals, teams and MST friends who go above and beyond. Join us in congratulating our All-Star Winners and Whatever It Takes Winners for the third quarter of 2016.



MST International Conference

March 6-7, 2017

Charleston, SC


Global Implementation Conference (GIC)

June 20-21, 2017

Toronto, Canada

Conference Website


European MST Conference

May 24-25, 2018






  • 470 Henggeler, S. W. (2016). Community-based interventions for juvenile offenders. In K. Heilbrun, D. Dematteo, & N. Goldstein (Eds.), APA handbook of
    psychology and juvenile justice (pp. 575-595). Washington, DC: APA Press.

  • 1502 Henggeler, S. W., & Schaeffer, C. M. (2016). Multisystemic therapy: Clinical overview, outcomes, and implementation research. Family Process, 55,

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Here is what you missed recently if you are not following us on social media: 

  • A blog from MST expert Laurie Spivey was picked up and re-published by the Campaign for Youth Justice.

  • A thought-provoking piece by Phillippe Cunningham about the influence of antisocial peers.

  • Our newest white paper on the impact of investing in social impact bonds to fund evidence-based programs.

  • On Facebook, you may have missed the start of our #KindnessIsGolden campaign as well as our very FIRST Facebook Live video featuring Diane Kooser, Aimee Myers, Sue Dee and Richard Aucoin.

  • On Twitter, updates from around the country on juvenile justice reform efforts, and great articles about the need for further reform. Recently, a tweet compared MST to the popular HBO show from the 2000s, The Wire.

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