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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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Top Program for Juvenile Offenders Brings Son Home
When a child is out of control and beating up his father, it's easy to understand why the family might want to have no part of him or her. That was the case in Manchester, England. An MST intervention kept the family intact and that boy on the road to life success. Read more
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Get Smart on Crime: Law Enforcement Officials Testify in Support of Evidence-Based Programs
Eleven hundred police chiefs, sheriffs and prosecutors have come out for using family interventions to reduce the number of youth offenders sent to state-run facilities. They spotlight MST as one of those programs. Read more
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How to Deter Juvenile Crime? Community-Based Programs like MST
A report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention looks at what deters delinquent juveniles from committing more crimes. While it doesn't address the success of community-based programs like MST in removing high-risk adolescents from the school-to-prison pipeline, the stats certainly back up the needs for these interventions. Read more
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An MST Response to a Domestic Violence Threat
Any MST therapist will tell you no two cases are exactly the same. However, gun-toting, angry fathers are not usually part of the scenario. Read how one therapist, trained to think quickly, got a family out of harm's way. Read more