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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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Multisystemic Therapy Puts End to Young Man's Criminal Behavior
A tech-savvy 14-year old, who was referred to MST, had a thriving business. Unfortunately, his merchandise was illegally obtained. It took some novel thinking by his therapist and mom to shut him down.  Read more
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Mother Praises Her MST "Dream Team"
It took an MST team of therapists, supervisor and expert to help a family with an incorrigible 14-year-old get the girl back on track. A "Dream Team" in the eyes of the mother. Read more
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How to Bring an Evidence-Based Practice to a Community 
For 18 years, Catholic Charities has been providing MST to Western New York. Maria Picone, Catholic Charities' Family and Community Services Department director, recalls the journey of adopting an evidence-based practice that fit with her organization and community. 
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With MST, Boy Goes From Setting Fires to Fighting Fires 
Here was a kid charged with arson and put on probation. With the help of MST, the fire setter became a firefighter and hero. Read more