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Summer 2013 Issue
When an academic researcher sought data showing the impact of multisystemic therapy on gang-involved youth, it became the groundwork for a long and lasting relationship with an MST provider.
Shortly after Paul Boxer, PhD, a psychology professor at Rutgers University who’s conducted extensive research on gang-involved youth, contacted MST Services looking for MST-related data, Scott Henggeler of MST Services put Boxer in touch with network partner Community Solutions, Inc. (CSI), an organization which was nearby and eager to help.
“We started working with him and introduced him to the MST model in 2009,” says Susan Pribyson, vice president of marketing for CSI, which serves youth in eight states and is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut.
Together, they collaborated to analyze referral and outcome data on 1,300 youth who’d received MST services from CSI. In 2011, Boxer published his findings in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. The article, “Negative Peer Involvement in Multisystemic Therapy for the Treatment of Youth Problem Behavior: Exploring Outcome and Process Variables in ‘Real-World’ Practice,” is the first comparative evaluation of services delivered to youth involved in gang activity.
“That important article became a foundation for us to branch out,” says Pribyson. “It paved the way for us to secure funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention and further analyze new and existing data.
“Because of this supportive partnership with Rutgers, we made a decision to pursue a more formal relationship with the School of Criminal Justice,” continues Pribyson. “Paul introduced us to Todd Clear, dean of the school, and it resulted in a formal contractual relationship.”
The partnership “marries the delivery of direct services with evidence-based research,” notes Boxer. The School of Criminal Justice will help analyze CSI's existing MST data, provide research support, help secure new grants and develop effective new ways to deliver services to children and adults in the justice system.
“We’re looking forward to proving our hypothesis that outcomes are greater and long-lasting for clients when there’s ongoing training and quality assurance,” says Pribyson. “It will inform our research about best practices in the evidence-based world for the people we serve, so we can provide better services and/or a better approach.”
Pribyson and CSI are excited about further research with other specialpopulations, too. “Gang-involved youth is a population that a lot of people shy away from —tough kids, tough families and a tough system. We’re looking forward to expanding our research applications with Paul and Rutger’s School of Criminal Justice.”
“Our combined interest in further research of MST led to a unique and mutually beneficial relationship, first informal and now formal,” says Pribyson.
“It’s a win-win collaboration for our clients.”
MST Team Member Spotlight: Melina Napoli – Evidence-Based Services, NY
Second Quarter 2013 – New MST Teams
We would also like to welcome the following new MST teams to the MST community.
News Briefs from Family Services Research Center at MUSC
During a July Network Partner call, Keller Strother presented a brief overview and update on MST Adaptations. Download the full presentation.
The following MST-related published article is available:
433 Sheidow, A. J., McCart, M. R., Zajac, K., & Davis, M. (2012). Prevalence and impact of substance use among emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35, 235-243.
All MST-related publications can be located at the Family Services Research Center's website.
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