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Issue 2: 2017


The mission of Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is to maintain the family unit while keeping children safe from physical abuse and neglect. It also focuses on reducing the mental health difficulties that often affect these families—children and adults. But we can’t start the treatment if we can’t engage the families. If they won’t open the door—literally.

There are many reasons parents may not be eager to meet with the MST-CAN therapist. With child protection services involved, many fear that the therapist is there to provide information that child protection services will use to remove their children from their home. The family may have had negative experiences with treatment providers in the past and are afraid that the MST-CAN therapist will take the same negative approach. Others may be suffering from mental health problems or abusing substances. They are apprehensive that should this come to light, they will be judged as unable to care for their children. In the midst of these struggles, MST-CAN therapists must be creative in engaging families while keeping everyone safe and encouraging them to make difficult changes in their lives. 

One of those creative stories is told in this short video, "MST-CAN Opens Closed Doors," which was filmed by an MST-CAN team in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The story begins with a therapist struggling to engage a family at the beginning of treatment. She had been to the home many times, leaving notes asking the parent to call her. One afternoon when the therapist was attempting to contact the parent again, she learned that the parent was very ill with the flu. The therapist went home and cooked her favorite recipe for soup and wrote a card expressing her concern for the parent. She left the soup on the doorstep. A few days later, the mother called and invited the therapist to meet with her. Thus began the family’s journey to a healthier, happier environment for everyone.




  • MST currently has 531 teams around the world (compared to 195 in Jan. 2004)

  • Did you know that MST served 6,546 in April 2017?

  • Join us in welcoming the following new teams to MST!

    • Community Solutions, Inc. (Higher Hope)- Georgia

    • Cayuga Centers (Cayuga2)- New York

    • Comprehensive Healthcare (Benton-Frankling MST-FIT)- Washington

    • Community Counseling Agency (EBR Parish Team 1) - Louisiana

    • Rise N Shine Counseling Agency (Rise N Shine Team 5 Amite, Rise N Shine Team 4 New Iberia) - Louisiana

    • Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC King County) - Washington

    • NAFI RI (NAFI RI MST PSB) - Rhode Island

    • Stichting Juvent Jeugd and Opvoedhulp Zeeland (MST Zeeland 2) - The Netherlands

    • De Viersprong (MST Tilburg) - The Netherlands

    • Vincent van Gogh Instituut (Limburg Zuid 2) - The Netherlands

    • Jeugdzorg Emmaus (MST Mechelen 2) - The Netherlands




During our last Network Partner call, Simone Fox, MST Consultant and Forensic and Clinical Psychologist at the National Implementation Service, presented on "The role of cultural factors in engagement and change in multisystemic therapy (MST)." You can download the presentation slides to learn more.




Each quarter, we recognize individuals, teams and MST friends who go above and beyond. Join us in congratulating our All-Star Winners and Whatever It Takes Winners for the first quarter of 2017. If you know someone who you feel deserves to be recognized, you can nominate him or her here




Global Implementation Conference - June 20-21, 2017 (Toronto, CAN) - Conference Website

MST Advanced Supervisor Workshop - September 14-15, 2017 (Charleston, SC)

European MST Conference - May 24-25, 2018 (Sweden)




  • 1205 Zajac, K., Randall, J., & Swenson, C. C. (2015). Multisystemic therapy for externalizing youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 24, 601-616.
  • 1207 Henggeler, S. W. (2015). Effective family-based treatments for adolescents with serious antisocial behavior. In J. Morizot & L. Kazemian (Eds.), The development of criminal and antisocial behavior: Theory, research, and practical applications (pp. 461-476). New York, NY: Springer.
  • 1211 Kamphuis, F. N., Brand-DeWilde, O. M., & van der Ruken, R. E. A. (2015). Multisystemic therapy for child abuse and neglect (MST-CAN): description of the treatment, psychiatric morbidity, and the psychiatrist’s role. Tudschrift voor Psychiatrie, 57, 561-568.
  • 1505 Fox, S., Bibi, F., Millar, H. and Holland, A. (2016). The role of cultural factors in engagement and change in Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Journal of Family Therapy (2016) 00: 00–00 doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12134.
  • 1508 Schoenwald, S. K. (2016). Clinical supervision in a quality assurance/quality improvement system: Multisystemic Therapy as an example. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 9, e21, 1-15.
  • 1509 Sheidow, A. J., McCart, M. R., & Davis, M. (2016). Multisystemic therapy for emerging adults with serious mental illness and justice involvement. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 356 – 367.
  • 1512 Ellis, D. A., King, P., & Naar-King, S. (2016). Mediators of treatment effects in a randomized clinical trial of Multisystemic therapy-health card in adolescents with poorly controlled asthma: Disease knowledge and device use skills. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41, 522–530.
  • 1550 Johnides, B. D., Borduin, C. M., Wagner, D. V., & Dopp, A. R. (2017). Effects of Multisystemic Therapy on Caregivers of Serious Juvenile Offenders: A 20-Year Follow-Up to a Randomized Clinical Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 85, No. 4, 323-334.
  • 1551 Dopp, A. R., Borduin, C. M., White, M. H., & Kuppens, S. (2017). Family-based treatments for serious juvenile offenders: A multilevel meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 335-354.

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