In this issue of In the Loop, we celebrate MST's 20 year anniversary along with the success of our pre-conference at Blueprints. Read on.
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MST HITS HOME RUN AT BLUEPRINTS CONFERENCE
In early April, MST held a one-day pre-conference at the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Conference in Denver, Colorado. The room of more than 100 people heard from a wide range of presenters who shared their experience bringing MST to their states, including the challenges and the successes.
Many in attendance agreed that one of the high points of the day was hearing from a mother about her family’s journey with MST. It’s a courageous story that we were able to capture on video and share with you.
While we often read success stories, rarely do we get the chance to watch such powerful testimony from a mom whose family was changed so dramatically through MST. For instance, her 14-year-old daughter went from having an alleged third-degree aggravated robbery charge to a 98 percent school attendance rate and a 3.4 grade point average.
No matter how destructive a young person’s behavior, the right intervention can help change the course of his or her life and deliver a huge return to society.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting other conference videos to the MST Services website including Chief Judge Steven Teske’s story of how Georgia reduced placement rates, and the opinion of award-winning author, Nell Bernstein, on why we need to close juvenile prisons. Be sure to check back often for new content about the successes of MST.
MST REACHES 20-YEAR MILESTONE
In 20 years, we’ve accomplished a lot—200,000 families worldwide have been helped by MST. That’s an incredible feat! We have spread MST to 34 states and 15 countries. Are we proud of what we have accomplished? Yes, without question. Is there a lot more to do? You bet!
We are striving to change the status quo. The United States is barbaric in how we treat our children in need.
There are, however, some glimmers of hope that change is in the wind. Recently, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that sentencing a juvenile to life without parole is unconstitutional. A set of unlikely allies—including the billionaire Koch brothers and Newt Gingrich on the conservative side; President Obama and the McArthur Foundation on the liberal side—are calling for criminal justice reform. Some states are considering increasing the age when a juvenile is considered an adult.
These are steps in the right direction—but they are nevertheless baby steps.
So, happy birthday, MST Services and congratulations on all the good work that’s been done. Now, let’s keep working to make MST, and similar programs, the norm rather the exception in helping troubled teens.
1080 Stout, B. D., & Holleran, D. (2013). The impact of evidence-based practices on requests for out-of-home placements in the context of system reform. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 311-321.
1081 Letourneau, E. J., Henggeler, S. W., McCart, M. R., Borduin, C. M., Schewe, P. A., & Armstrong, K. S. (2013). Two-year follow-up of a randomized effectiveness trial evaluating MST for juveniles who sexually offend. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 978-985
1086 Bor, W., Stallman, H., Collerson, E., Boyle, C., Swenson, C. C., McDermott, B., & Lee, E. (2013). Therapy implications of child abuse in multi-risk families. Australasian Psychiatry, 21, 389-392.
1109 Hendriks, M. E. D., Lange, A. M. C., Boonstoppel-Boender, M., & van der Rijken, R. E. A. (2014). Functional family therapy and multisystemic therapy: a comparison of target populations. Orthopedagogiek: Onderzock en Praktijk, 53, 355-366.
1118 Swenson, C. C., & Schaeffer, C. M. (2014) MST-CAN: An ecological treatment for families experiencing physical abuse and neglect. In S. Timmer and A. Urquiza (Eds.), Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of maltreated children: Considering core components and treatment effectiveness (pp. 237-257). Dordrecht, Germany: Springer Science+Business Media.
1210 Sawyer, A. M., Borduin, C. M., & Dopp, A. R. (2015). Long-term effects of prevention and treatment on youth antisocial behavior: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 42, 130-144.
1600 Pane, H. T., White, R. S., Nadorff, M. R., Grills-Taquechel, A., & Stanley, M. A. (2013). Multisystemic therapy for child non-externalizing psychological and health problems: A preliminary review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16,81-99.
On Facebook, you may have missed our #BetheGood campaign and pictures of MSTers around the world.
On Twitter, updates from around the country on juvenile justice reform efforts, racial disparity in the juvenile justice system and the school to prison pipeline, like this retweet of the Legal Defense Fund’s statement on disparity in the education system.
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