'Making a Murderer:' A Netflix Documentary, Part II

Posted by Jamie Bunch-Sanfilippo

Brendan Dassey's long road of appeals is not over yet

The Netflix original series “Making a Murderer” captured the attention of America with the story of Brendan Dassey, a 17-year-old who was convicted in 2007 of first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault. The guilty verdict came in large part because of Dassey’s confession, which he recanted. He was sentenced by a Wisconsin jury to mandatory life in prison with a possibility of parole in 2048.

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National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted by Lori Moore

January is dedicated to bringing awareness to human trafficking and slavery

You’re a 14-year-old girl living in an impoverished country. You have always dreamed of getting an education. Suddenly, an opportunity of a lifetime comes your way to learn and study in America. This is just what you have hoped might happen. Your close relative has gone to America and has been very successful. She and her husband are medical professionals and show pictures of living in a beautiful home. They tell your parents if you come to live with them, you will be given all kinds of educational and economic opportunities. In return, all you have to do is help them care for their two young children. Sounds perfect, right?

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Our Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Lori Cohen

2017 begins with new aspirations and goals

It’s that time of year when we think about all we’ve accomplished in 2016 as an organization and as individuals. And as the tradition has it, we look ahead, always optimistic that next year we will do more, dream bigger and deliver better results.

So as we at MST Services consider 2017, we have compiled a list of our top 10 New Year’s Resolutions.

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End the Year with a Month Full of Kindness

Posted by Diane Kooser

Give a little, get a lot. Count down to 2017, with a daily act of kindness 

What does Mrs. Claus do when Santa is busy making toys for all good girls and boys? She runs a club to support women who are undergoing cancer treatment.

The Mrs. Claus Club started in Bentleyville, Pa., with the realization that the holidays can be a particularly difficult time for women with lives already filled with stress and anxiety from their diagnosis. Club members provide food baskets and other holiday cheer.

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How to Succeed as an MST Therapist

Posted by Kelly McQuaide

With over a decade of experience, longtime MST therapist shares what he has learned

Looking back, I remember my very first day in Multisystemic Therapy (MST). To be exact, it was Feb. 5, 2001. As I sat in the MST 5-Day Orientation, feeling a bit overwhelmed, I found myself wondering "What is this MST all about?" and "What I have gotten myself into?" Spring forward 15-plus years, and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. 

As I think about the families I have worked with, the teammates that I have had the privilege to work alongside, the support I received from my supervisors and experts, I realize there are valuable lessons that I have learned that keep me going every day. 

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A Reflection on the 2016 Network Partner Conference

Posted by Suzanne Kerns

A first-time attendee and new Network Partner Director shares her experience

The MST Network Partner Conference (NPC) is an annual event that brings together more than 100 people from across the United States and the world. This year, 20 network partners were represented, with people coming from 14 states and 8 countries. 

As a brand new Network Partner Director at the Center for Effective Interventions at the University of Denver, this was my first NPC. Not quite the United Nations, but it was wonderful to see peers and learn from their experience. After only three months on the job, the opportunity to attend this conference at this time was greatly appreciated and needed.

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MST Community Comes Together During Trying Time

Posted by Kelly Campbell et al

Natural disasters are no match for MST-ers

Last week, as Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti and moved up the southeastern coast of the US, I found it difficult to pull myself away from the news coverage. Families were left displaced, some were separated, most were shell-shocked. I couldn’t help but cross my fingers and hold my breath. I was immediately taken back to my own experience in the recent Louisiana floods. 

LA_flood.jpgLeft: The home of MST supervisor, Myisha Johnson. Right: A flooded gas station

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Want to Be an MST Therapist? Read This

Posted by Amy King

You got your degree... Now what?

After graduating from university, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. The only thing I was 100-percent certain about was that I wanted to work with children and families and make a real difference. After a few short-term jobs, a friend, who was a juvenile-probation officer, told me about a new program called Multisystemic Therapy (MST) that really seemed to be helping out kids, and they were hiring. The description seemed to match just what I was looking for, so I applied that day to be an MST therapist and never looked back. 

be_an_mst_therapist.jpgAmy King, left, and Sandy Crotts, right, at MST's 20 year anniversary 

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Pennsylvania MST Therapist Wins Award

Posted by Lori Moore

What does it take to be an award-winning MST therapist?

It takes a special type of person to be an MST therapist. Requirements? Supreme empathy. Intuitiveness. The sleuthing power of Sherlock Holmes to uncover the mysteries of why a youth is acting out. Diplomatic skills to get an entire family—and even the extended community—on board with the program.

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MST Services Reaches 20-Year Milestone

Posted by Keller Strother

President and CEO, Keller Strother, reflects on the past two decades

In 20 years, we’ve accomplished a lot—200,000 families worldwide have been helped by MST. That’s an incredible feat  We have spread MST to 34 states and 15 countries.  Are we proud of what we have accomplished?  Yes, without question. Is there a lot more to do?  You bet.

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The MST Services team in Chicago in June 2016

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