Multi-Systemic Therapy

Elizabeth Maguire

Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) was created for children and adolescents struggling with chronic, delinquent behavior as well as youth with severe emotional issues.  Developed at the Medical University of South Carolina, the 4-6 month MST program at Child Guidance supportively and proactively addresses troublesome behaviors and helps your child move in a positive direction.  MST is evidence-based with over 20 years of research proving its effectiveness.  The following diagram describes the MST process:MST Process

MST provides a complete functional assessment of your child in his/her family, school and community settings. We seek to understand the fit between your child’s struggles and the factors that contribute to them. We also focus on helping parents or caregivers like you build supportive networks and empower you to address the needs of your child and effectively change his/her behavior. As a result, over 85% of youth who complete the MST program remain in school or working*, and 87% of parents feel significantly more confident in their parenting skills after completion of MST**.

*Results from the MST Institute, September, 2010**
**Results from CHILD GUIDANCE between 1/2010-12/2011

Typically referrals from MST come from the juvenile court, district court, or CYS.  Contact your child’s probation officer for a referral.
For more information about services in Delaware County, please call 484-454-8720
For more information about services in Montgomery County, please call 484-454-8700 Ext. 1440