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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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5.23.16 1
Out-of-Home Placement was the Only Option Until Multisystemic Therapy
With the help of MST, a Pennsylvania family learned how to say enough is enough to their 14-year-old son and find a way to effectively reinforce good behavior.  Read more
5.23.16 2
Success of Evidence-Based Programs Depends on Fidelity
To get the best results with an evidence-based program such as MST, you have to stay on its proven course. Making changes to the model is a risky mistake. Read more
5.23.16 3
MST Helps Single Mother Find Her Strengths 
As a newly single mother, "Bonnie" had no confidence in her ability to parent two out of control teens until MST helped reveal her strengths. 
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5.10.16 1
New Kansas Law Bodes Well for Juvenile Offenders
To lower juvenile placements and get at-risk kids treatment, a new Kansas bill is promoting rehabilitation of youthful offenders. Instead of prison, adolescents will be placed in programs that have evidence of treatment success - like Multisystemic Therapy (MST).  Read more