What is Multisystemic Therapy?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. Learn more about MST.


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South Dakota Blog
South Dakota Recognizes Flaws in Juvenile Justice System: Sees EBPs as the Answer
If you are an official in a state that ranks 46th in population, yet has the second-highest juvenile commitment rate in the United States, you know you have a problem. Such was the situation in South Dakota. Here's what officials are doing to rectify it. Read more

Chronicle Live
Newcastle children 'on the edge of care' could be helped with new therapy system
With the British government slashing budgets for healthcare and public-health services, one charity official is calling for the use of MST in Newcastle. He argues the treatment program has proved successful elsewhere in England and could save "the tax payer money long term as less investment is needed in health and the care system further down the line." Read more

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What's the Difference Between Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and Functional family Therapy (FFT)?
Should we offer both at our agency? Here's a perspective from SHIELDS for Families, a Los Angeles agency that has both. Read more

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A Mother's Heartfelt Thanks to MST and What she Learned Along the Way
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the good things in our lives. For one mother, it's a time to give thanks to MST. Read her open letter on our MST blog