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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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What to Do With an Out-Of-Control Pregnant Teen 
The mother of an at-risk girl believed in strong self-reliance and was having none of the MST therapist’s suggestions and attempts at helping. Until the breakthrough came because the therapist listened carefully, observed and figured out what was most important to the mom. Read more
 
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Taking a Softer Approach to School Discipline
Punitive measures when it comes to school discipline may not be the most effective tactic. Learn what happened when a high school in Washington state instituted trauma-informed practices. Read more
 
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Mom Thanks Her MST Therapist
A mother working two jobs couldn’t see how she could find time for still-another program that was supposed to help her delinquent son. Read the email she sent after going through MST, which proved not to be still-another program. 
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Police in Schools: Benefit or Liability? 
There has been a proliferation of police officers in our nation’s schools. The question is do they cause more harm than good? Read more