Multisystemic Therapy in NYC During COVID-19

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Today we are sharing the story of a Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor, Melissa McGreal, in New York City during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform, MST Success Stories, Troubled Youth, Mental Health, COVID-19

Multisystemic Therapy: It Truly Works

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Today we are sharing the story of a mother who was skeptical of Multisystemic Therapy (MST), but is now thankful for the tools she has received because of the program. 

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform, MST Success Stories, Troubled Youth

Multisystemic Therapy Gave Me My Son Back

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Today we are sharing the story of a mother who felt as though she was losing her sonuntil Multisystemic Therapy (MST) came into the picture. 

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Topics: Juvenile Justice Reform, MST Success Stories, Troubled Youth

Alcohol Abuse Among Teens

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Teen Alcohol AbuseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is still the most commonly used and abused drug of choice for youth under the age of 21. In fact, the CDC estimates that 11 percent of alcohol consumed in the United States each year is consumed by youths between 12 and 20 years of age, and 90 percent of that occurs in the form of binge drinking. Despite being viewed as not carrying a great risk by roughly 50 percent of teenagers, the ramifications of underage drinking can lead to lifelong mental and physical issues. From sexual assaults to car accidents, stories of the negative impact drinking can have on youth are frequent in the news and pose a serious public health concern across the country.

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Topics: Substance Abuse, Troubled Youth

Homeless Youth Often Face Arrest

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Twenty-year-old Amber Graves was just five when her parents abandoned her and her one-year-old brother in the Bronx, New York. Graves and her brother spent years bouncing between homelessness and foster homes, with Graves also at times incarcerated for crimes she committed to help them get by. “My main priority wasn’t a dollhouse,” says Graves of the experience. “It wasn’t the race cars. No type of kid toys. It was making sure that me and my brother was safe and getting us out of this predicament.”

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Topics: Troubled Youth

Childhood Trauma and Its Lasting Impact

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Childhood trauma can cause youth to develop coping mechanisms and behavior that stops social-emotional development and can dramatically impair their academic success. Gang activity, drug use, delinquent behavior, and aggressive attitudes become survival tools to get teens and youth through their traumas.

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Topics: Troubled Youth

Let's Stop the Violence in Youth Detention Centers

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A 2014 article based in Cleveland, Ohio gives harrowing stories about the violence in their youth detention centers – staff to juveniles and juveniles to others. Is this article typical of juvenile detention centers across the nation?

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Topics: Troubled Youth

Pressures of Gang Affiliation on Youth

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On the last day of March, 2017, Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood saw seven people murdered in just twelve hours. Six of those occurred at the hands of gangs.

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Topics: Troubled Youth

How Communities Impact Juvenile Crime

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Although juvenile arrest rates nationwide are on the decline, that fact can be deceiving: in many communities, violent offenses are on the rise.

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Topics: Troubled Youth

Where Can I Send My Troubled Child?

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Where can I send my troubled child? Why parents should be asking a different question to help their teens and adolescents

"Where can I send my troubled child?"


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Topics: Troubled Youth