Youth Services : Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®)
In 1999, Community Solutions Inc. became the first licensed provider in New England to provide Multisystemic Therapy (MST), an intensive family and community-based treatment model that addresses multiple aspects of serious antisocial behavior in adolescents. The multisystemic approach addresses the many factors that are known to contribute to delinquency across key settings, or systems, within which youth live, work and play.
MST has proven to be effective in reducing antisocial behavior among diverse populations of serious and chronic juvenile offenders. The typical duration of treatment is approximately four months, which includes approximately 60 hours of therapist-family contact with therapists being accessible to the youth and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MST therapists only work with five to six families at a time and work closely with the family to promote the parent's capacity to monitor and provide effective discipline. MST can be used to prevent residential placement or as aftercare when youth are leaving a residential facility.
In addition to the consultation and training provided to therapists by the MST national institute, Community Solutions Inc. runs its own multi-state meetings for therapists engaged in the MST treatment model. Community Solutions Inc. developed its own multi-phase screening, hiring and training protocols for home-based therapists, which have resulted in a very high therapist retention rate and excellent satisfaction ratings among therapists.
In recognition of Community Solutions Inc.'s success with implementing MST, we have been asked to formally work with a number of other providers to help decrease their turnover rate; has been invited to present sessions on screening, hiring and retaining therapists; and CSI protocols have been incorporated into the official training offered to MST supervisors. CSI's implementation of MST has demonstrated consistent positive outcomes for youth and families.
MST Training Brochure
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DOWNLOAD: Negative Peer Involvement in Multisystemic Therapy for the Treatment of Youth Problem Behavior: Exploring Outcome and Process Variables in 'Real- World' Practice by Paul Boxer
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