Multi-systemic Therapy With Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric)

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Program/Intervention Name

Multisystemic Therapy With Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric)


Child Mental Health - externalizing, Family Functioning, Social/emotional functioning, Child Mental Health - internalizing

Program/Intervention Description

What: Multisystemic Therapy With Psychiatric Supports (MST-Psychiatric) is designed to treat youth who are at risk for out-of-home placement (in some cases, psychiatric hospitalization) due to serious behavioral problems and co-occurring mental health symptoms such as thought disorder, bipolar affective disorder, depression, anxiety, and impulsivity. How: MST focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST clinicians go to where the child is and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They work intensively with parents and caregivers to put them in control. The therapist works with the caregivers to keep the adolescent focused on school and gaining job skills. The therapist and caregivers introduce the youth to sports and recreational activities as an alternative to hanging out.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

keep adolescents who have exhibited serious clinical problems (e.g., drug use, violence, severe criminal behavior) at home, in school, and out of trouble. Uncover and assess the functional origins of adolescent behavioral problems. It works to alter the youth's ecology in a manner that promotes prosocial conduct while decreasing problem and delinquent behavior.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services
LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Marshall Swenson, MSW, MBA


MST Services, Inc

Contact Email

Contact Phone

Phone: (843) 856-8226

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)