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Winter 2013 Issue
With 25 Multisystemic Therapy sites across England, three in Scotland and three in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom has expanded rapidly over the last few years.
In 2001, when a group in London and another in Cambridge secured local funding to start the first MST teams, leaders within the country’s government kept a keen eye on their progress. In 2007, buoyed by the local trailblazers’ success, the national Department for Education and Department of Health funded 10 additional teams.
“The financial climate has been very difficult here, as in the U.S., but it’s meant focused interest on achieving better value for the money, so it’s actually helped us rather than being a problem,” says Cathy James, program lead in the Department of Health in London and a key force behind the U.K. launch of the MST site programs.
Part of the funding agreement for the 10 teams included mandatory participation in a national research trial that would eventually include 700 families. “We wanted to test the evidence here in the U.K., because although the evidence is great in the U.S., we differ in infrastructure and other areas,” says James. More than 12 additional teams have come onboard since 2007.
Due to be published in 2014, the results of the nationwide trial will coincide with the U.K.’s hosting of the second MST European Conference in London. "The timing is perfect," says James. “We’ve seen what the teams are achieving, so we’re looking forward to presenting the results at the conference.” A smaller, single-site study, published in 2011, and the first MST trial in the country, provided valuable, positive outcomes, “particularly in the changes young people made and are continuing to make over time,” says James. “The larger study builds on that,
Parallel to that, the U.K. group began exploring what it would take to become a network partner, and last year entered into a partnership agreement. “We’ve now recruited three MST consultants to do the training and consultation for the majority of our teams,” says James.
“Being a network partner builds on our capacity; in theory, we speak the same language as Americans, but in terms of training, etc., there are differences in our systems and in our languages,” she notes. “Being a network partner gives stronger credibility to our program by proving it works well within our system. The support from across government in the U.K., especially from colleague Helen Jones at the Department for Education, from MST Services and other network partners in developing the partnership has been impressive," she says.
“We worked hard to accomplish the research trial and achieve network partnership status,” says James. Next stop: “Hosting the conference in 2014 is an important step in the European collaboration of taking MST forward.”
MST Team Member Spotlight: Toni Franklin – MST Services’ Operations Clerk
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Fourth Quarter 2012 – 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
In a recent Network Partner call, Dr. Deborah A. Ellis presented on a 2012 article titled, "Multisystemic therapy compared to telephone support for youth with poorly controlled diabetes: Findings from a randomized controlled trial" from Annals of Behavioral Medicine. To view Ellis' recent presentation, click here.
The following MST-related published articles are available:
416 Ogden, T., Bjornebekk, G., Kjobli, J., Patras, J., Christiansen, T., Taraldsen, K., & Tollefsen, N. (2012). Measurement of implementation components ten years after a nationwide introduction of empirically supported programs – a pilot study. Implementation Science, 7:49.
417 Olsson, T. M. (2009). Intervening in youth problem behavior in Sweden: a pragmatic cost analysis of MST from a randomized trial with conduct disordered youth. International Journal of Social Welfare, 19, 194-205.
418 Olsson, T. M. (2010). MST with conduct disordered youth in Sweden: Costs and benefits after 2 years. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(6), 561-571.
419 Boxer, P. (2011). Negative peer involvement in multisystemic therapy for the treatment of youth problem behavior: Exploring outcome and process variables in “real-world” practice. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 40(6), 848-854.
420 Boonstra, C., Jonkman, C., Soeteman, D., & van Busschbach, J. (2009). Multi-systemic therapy for seriously antisocial and delinquent juveniles: two-year follow-up study. Systemic Therapy, 21, 94-104.
421 Cunningham, P. B., Foster, S. L. & Warner, S. E. (2010). Culturally relevant family-based treatment for adolescent delinquency and substance abuse: Understanding within-session processes. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 66(8) 830-846.
All MST-related publications can be located at the Family Services Research Center's website.
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