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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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How to Deal With an Angry Teen? 
Allen had a scary coping mechanism when his parents and teachers tried to get him to do something he didn't want to do. He yelled, hurled things and threw such angry tantrums that people backed off. Until, that is, an MST therapist arrived on the scene. Read more
 
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Giving Voice to Youth Incarceration
A project in Virginia has recorded the voices of incarcerated youths telling their heartbreaking stories of what it is like to be away from families and locked up. Call (804)-234-3698 and dial any extension between 1 and 11 to hear them. Read more
 
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Lessons Learned at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference
There were few evidence-based vendors among the 28 at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference. With so many different programs out there, it is little wonder EBPs like MST only reach 10 percent of young people and families who could benefit from them. 
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A Call to Reform the Juvenile Justice System in Virginia 
A Virginia report calls for juvenile justice reforms including using MST. Read more