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Multi-Systemic Therapy & Multi-Systemic Therapy – Problem Sexual Behavior

Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Multi-Systemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB) are highly structured and supervised programs designed to use collaborative family and community based activities to improve behavioral challenges in adolescents. In working through interconnected systems including; home and family, school, courts, peers, and community, we are able to identify root causes of their problematic behavior. MST and MST-PSB utilize preventative and action oriented skill-building activities to provide adolescents with alternative methods to cope with peer expectations and social stressors.

Multi-Systemic Therapy is designed to maintain the child’s home routine and familiar environments. This model provides parents with the tools and skills to address difficulties in raising their children while the children are able focus on meeting task-oriented goals. Together, the entire family works alongside a team of therapists and counselors to design an customized developmental program. MST and MST-PSB are designed to build natural positive support systems, age appropriate behaviors, and to develop meaningful peer relationships.

How was MST developed?

Multi-Systemic Therapy was developed at the Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Alexander Youth Network has a fully licensed team of MST and MST-Problem Sexual Behavior specialists and is supported by MST services in Charleston, SC. A clinical adaptation of standard MST, MST-PSB is evidence-based and incorporates treatment interventions that are strongly supported and informed by research responsible for problematic juvenile sexual behavior.

All therapists receive continuous on-site supervision by an experiences masters-level mental health professional. MST staff have successfully completed 30-hours of MST-specific training along with CPR certification and weekly supervision consultations.

Alexander Youth Network provides MST and MST- PSB services to adolescent’s ages 12 to 18 along with their families and community networks. Staff is available 365 days a year 24/7 for additional support. Both MST and MST-PSB programs offer services on average from 3 to 5 months for child, family, and community networks.

How does Multi-Systemic Therapy work?

The team of Multi-Systemic Therapy specialists at Alexander Youth Network provides children and families with skill building and resources to reduce the likelihood of problematic behaviors and criminal activity. Each team consists of three therapists and a supervisor to work together with adolescent and the community several hours a week. The MST sessions may include family, peers, martial therapy, or other community networks to achieve personalized goals.

Interventions promote responsible behavior and focus on the present and are action-oriented to targeting specific problems. Interventions are designed with long-term success in mind by empowering families to address the family needs as a whole.

Continuous Goal Setting:

  • Provides stability for adolescent and family
  • Mimics community and school expectations
  • Reduces criminal activity and other antisocial behaviors
  • Prevents drug use and truancy
  • Decreases negative influence on siblings and other family members
  • Successful completion of the program reduces admission to residential or other behavioral program

What is the impact of Multi-Systemic Therapy*?

More than 200,000 families have been positively impacted by MST:

  • 75% Fewer Violent Felony Arrests (22 years)
  • 54% Fewer Out-Of-Home Placements
  • 86% Of Youth Live at Home (over 16 months)
  • $23.59 Return for dollar spent on MST

What’s more, there are better outcomes for the entire family for youth who receive MST services:

  • 40% Reduction in Overall Sibling Arrest Rates
  • 55% Reduction in Sibling Felony Arrest Rates
  • 94% Fewer Caregiver Felonies

*Statistics from MST Services

Learn more about MST and MST-PSB services?

Contact the Access Department to make a referral to Alexander Youth Network at Intake@aynkids.org or by calling 855.362.8470.

Multi-Systemic Therapy is Available in These Counties:

  • Brunswick
  • Burke
  • Cabarrus
  • Catawba
  • Cleveland
  • Cumberland
  • Iredell
  • Johnston
  • Lincoln
  • New Hanover
  • Pender
  • Stanly
  • Union