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Summer 2013 Issue

Provider/Researcher Collaboration Leads to Partnership

csi logo newWhen 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

1.   napoliBriefly describe your current affiliation with MST and how you originally became involved with the organization.
I am currently an MST-SA expert with Evidence Based Services Inc., an MST Network Partner.  My workload currently consists of New York- based MST-SA teams.  I originally became involved with Evidence Based Services in 2011, after being an MST-SA supervisor for four years with SCO Family of Services, a provider agency in New York City.

2.    Describe your most memorable moment/ career highlight thus far while working with MST.
My most memorable moment/career highlight thus far while working with MST was when I was providing coverage to MST standard teams in Chile.  It was both an exciting and challenging experience to conduct consultation in Spanish, and learn about some of the cultural factors that impact the implementation of MST in Chile.

3.    What are your passions or interests outside of working with multisystemic therapy?
Outside of working with Multisystemic Therapy, I enjoy hiking, skiing, and traveling.

 Second Quarter 2013 - Whatever It Takes Award Winners

Nominee Name Organization State
Tracy Harley Cockburn School UK
Maureen Kishna Center for Innovative Practices OH
Melina Napoli EBS NY
Vivian Aguire CEI TX
Betsy Clipper MST Services MN
Gregorio Melendez MST Finland
Dan Iachini MST Services PA
Imran Bashir King Ecgberts School UK
Brigitte Squire Cambridgeshire MST Services UK
Andres Soto Therapeutic Health Services WA
Magnus Ekenstedt Stockholm Järva Team Sweden
Grace Irvine River Oak Center For Children CA
Anne Dailey MST Services NY
Toni Franklin MST Services SC

Second Quarter 2013 – New MST Teams
We would also like to welcome the following new MST teams to the MST community.

Organization Team Name Location MST Type
Chile Ministry of Interior Los Angeles 1 Chile MST
Chile Ministry of Interior Puerto Montt 1 Chile MST
Chile Ministry of Interior Temuco 1 Chile MST
MST Edinburgh Edinburgh Team 2 UK MST
MST Edinburgh Edinburgh Team 1 UK MST
Action for Children Colchester UK MST
Stichting Prisma Prisma 2 NL MST
TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc. Team Las Cruces US - NM MST
Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc. AMHC MST Blended Team US - ME MST

News Briefs from Family Services Research Center at MUSC
"An Update on MST Adaptations"

During a July Network Partner call, Keller Strother presented a brief overview and update on MST Adaptations. Download the full presentation.

New Publications
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.

438 Schaeffer, C., McCart, M. R., Henggeler, S. W., & Cunningham, P. B. (2010). Multisystemic therapy for conduct problems in youth. In R. Murrihy, T. Kidman, & T. Ollendick (Eds.), Handbook of clinical assessment and treatment of conduct problems in youth (pp. 273-292). New York: Springer Publishing.

443 McCart, M. R., Sawyer, G. K., & Smith, D. W. (2009). Evidence-Based psychological interventions for victims of crime. Copyright National Center for Victims of Crime, 2000 M Street, NW, Washington: DC. Commissioned paper under grant 1 R13 MH074329-01A1, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.

444 McCart, M. R., Fitzgerald, M., Acierno, R., Resnick, H. S., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2009). Evaluation and acute intervention with victims of violence. In. P. M. Kleespies (Ed.), Behavioral emergencies: An evidence-based resource for evaluating and managing risk of suicide, violence, and victimization (pp. 167-188). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

445 Fitzgerald, M., McCart, M. R., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2009). Psychological-behavioral treatment with victims of interpersonal violence. In. P. M. Kleespies (Ed.), Behavioral emergencies: An evidence-based resource for evaluating and managing risk of suicide, violence, and victimization (pp. 377-402). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

446 McCart, M. R., & Henggeler, S. W. (2008). Evidence-based interventions for adolescent substance use. In P. Korsmeyer & H. R. Kranzler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior, 3rd edition (pp. 209-213). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale Cengage.

453 Ryan, S. R., Brennan, P. A., Cunningham, P. B., Foster, S. L., Brock, R. L. & Whitmore, E. (2013). Biosocial processes predicting multisystemic therapy treatment response. Biological Psychology, 92, 373-379.

454 Sheidow, A. J., & Houston, J. L. (2013). Multisystemic therapy for adolescent substance use. In P. M. Miller (Ed.), Interventions for addiction: Comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders (pp. 77-86). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.

All MST-related publications can be located at the Family Services Research Center's website.

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