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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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MSTs Positive Outcomes Depend on Building Therapeutic Relationships
MST's Positive Outcomes Depend on Building Therapeutic Relationships
Sometimes a light goes off in a person’s head, and there is a Eureka! moment. Such was the case for an MST therapist who suddenly got it that there is more to the program’s engagement and alignment than Coke and a smile. Read more.
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MST Empowers Mom With the Four D's
A mom with a child in danger of being removed from the family home was given four “D’s” by her MST therapist—directive, duration, discipline and disengage. Read how following the D’s brought her son up to A’s and B’s in school. Read more
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MST as a Successful Treatment for Teen Drug Abuse
 Sixteen and on probation for truancy, drug use, leaving home without permission. Little wonder the state of Connecticut referred her to MST, which has a proven record of success straightening out drug-abusing and delinquent kids. Read how the treatment worked with this girl. Read more
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Youth Justice Awareness Month: How Multisystemic Therapy Can Help
October was Juvenile Justice Awareness Month. Make yourself aware of some of the racial and gender disparities in the system. President Obama is calling for community-based alternatives to confinement—exactly what MST is. Read more