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Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a family and home-based treatment striving to change how young people function at home, school and within the neighbourhood, promoting positive behaviour and decreasing anti-social behaviour.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a research-based and internationally proven treatment model that was developed through 30 years of applied research.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) aims to reduce youth offending and re-offending, as well as other types of anti-social behaviour, such as drug abuse. In doing so, it aims to decrease rates of placement in custody and out-of-home foster care placement.

How are services delivered?

  • MST typically uses a home-based intensive model of service delivery, in which therapists have small caseloads (four to six families)
  • The average length of treatment is up to 60 hours of contact provided during a four month period
  • MST therapists focus on collaborating with and empowering parents by using identified strengths to develop natural support systems and remove barriers to improve their capacity to function as effective parents.

Who are we supporting with MST?

Supported by funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety, OzChild is delivering MST to support young people who are subject to court-ordered Youth Justice supervision.

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