Multisystemic Therapy – Prevention
MST-PRV provides services to families with youth ages 10–17 referred from the child welfare system who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Families referred to MST-PRV may be experiencing youth behavioral challenges and caregiver challenges parenting the youth.
Program dosage varies based on youth and family needs. A treatment team of two to four therapists is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to provide services. Initial assessments take place over several days. Therapists and Family Resource Caseworkers provide services over a period of 3–5 months. Therapists each have caseloads of four to six families.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
MST-PRV can be delivered in the home, school, or community.
Education, Certifications and Training
Therapists who are part of licensed MST teams and organizations deliver MST-PRV in collaboration with Family Resource Caseworkers. MST therapists typically have master’s degrees in social work, psychology, counseling, or marriage and family therapy. Most supervisors have a master’s or doctoral degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or marriage and family therapy.
MST therapists, supervisors, and other staff must first complete a 5-day training provided by Ph.D. and master’s level mental-health specialists. The training includes teaching, role-playing, and other exercises designed to develop skills used in the treatment process and to provide opportunities to practice using MST assessment strategies. The training also aims to familiarize therapists with the theory underlying the MST model, the causes of serious behavior problems that MST can address, the strategies MST teams use to build collaborative relationships with stakeholder agencies in the community, and the therapists’ role in continuous quality improvement. Therapists that deliver MST also participate in on-the-job learning, including weekly structured supervision and feedback from an on-site MST supervisor. At least once per month, the MST supervisor also reviews a recording or conducts a field visit to assess the Family Resource Caseworkers’ skills, provide feedback, and identify any needs to target in a development plan.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
The MST-Prevention Manual is implemented in conjunction with the Multisystemic Therapy for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents Manual.
Brunk, M., & Henggeler, S. (2020). MST-Prevention Manual – Enhancing Multisystemic Therapy® to address needs of child welfare prevention services. MST Services.
Henggeler, S. W., Schoenwald, S. K., Borduin, C. M., & Rowland, M. D. (2009). Multisystemic therapy for antisocial behavior in children and adolescents (2nd Ed.). The Guilford Press.
MST-PRV materials are available in English.
Other supporting materials
For More Information
Phone: (843) 856-8226
Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.
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