Welcome to In the Loop. Read about what to expect at the Network Partner Conference, stay up-to-date on MST research and more.


charleston-593562_960_720-1.jpgThe MST Network Partner Conference, scheduled to be held on October 19 to 21, 2016, in Charleston, S.C., will focus on increasing the number of youth served by MST through programs that already exist but are underutilized, say conference organizers.

"For several years, MST Services has remained focused on growing its impact and increasing the number of youth with serious clinical needs who have access to evidence-based programs like Multisystemic Therapy® (MST). While the goal has been to ensure MST is available in more communities, MST Services determined it also has unused capacity in some of its existing programs. In response, the organization has “drilled down” to the local level to outline what it would take, team-by-team, to increase caseloads and make use of existing MST capacity," says Laura Shortt, MST Services Vice President, MNP. “We have connected with multiple MST experts and teams from around the globe to identify common barriers in serving youth. We want to provide programs with the best resources to ensure MST therapists can treat as many families as possible in their communities”.

Designed for Network Partner directors, program developers and MST experts, the Network Partner Conference invites attendees to focus on this challenge and develop strategies to support teams at the local level to address this existing but untapped need. 

Shortt says, "...the organization found areas critical to increasing utilization, including active referral management by team supervisors and strong stakeholder relationships across the program, with multiple levels in the community ecology." 

This year’s conference will include workshops designed to give Network Partners the skills and practice needed to help their MST teams actively manage referral processes. Attendees will learn how to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships. They’ll receive the necessary tools and resources to promote Network Partners’ MST programs, and gain insight on ways to leverage strong, existing stakeholder relationships so others can promote MST on their behalf and on that of their providers.

"This year’s conference promises a wonderful opportunity for Network Partners to meet and share successes and struggles," says Shortt. “Our goal is that conference attendees leave feeling energized to support MST teams. Conference presenters are working hard to develop workshops that provide resources teams can immediately adopt. Attendees will have a chance to practice, discuss, and identify potential impact of resources presented. Our goal is that every conference attendee leaves with something unique to offer to the MST teams around the world.” 




  • MST currently has 537 teams around the world (compared to 195 in Jan. 2004)

  • Did you know that MST served 7,145 families in June 2016?
  • Join us in welcoming the following new teams to MST!

    • River Oak Center for Children (River Oak Team 3) - California

    • Leicester City Council (Leicester MST-CAN) - United Kingdom

    • Van Buren Community Mental Health (Van Buren Blended) - Michigan

    • Pluryn (Pluryn Anhem) - Netherlands

    • Community Health Resources (MST-BSF Norwich) - Connecticut

    • Wheeler Clinic (MST-BSF Manchester) - Connecticut

    • Birmingham Youth Offending Services (Birmingham2 South) - United Kingdom



teenage-girls-238963_960_720.jpgDuring our last Network Partner call, Dr. Scott Henggeler presented on "Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments for Adolescents With Disruptive Behavior" - a study completed by Mike McCart, Ph.D. and Ashli Sheidow, Ph.D. at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. You can download the presentation slides to learn more.




Each quarter we recognize individuals, teams and MST friends who go above and beyond. Join us in congratulating our All-Star Winners and Whatever It Takes Winners for the second quarter of 2016.



Network Partner Conference

Oct. 19-21, 2016

Wild Dunes Resort

Isle of Palms, SC

MST International Conference

March 6-7, 2017

Charleston, SC

Global Implementation Conference (GIC)

June 20-21, 2017

Toronto, Canada

Conference Website

European MST Conference

May 24-25, 2018




  • 1200 Borduin, C. M. &O Dopp, A. R. (2015). Economic impact of multisystemic therapy with juvenile sexual offenders. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 687-696.

  • 1204 Welsh, B. C., & Greenwood, P. W. (2015). Making it happen: State progress in implementing evidence-based programs for delinquent youth. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 13, 243-257

  • 1206 Henggeler, S. W. (2015). Preventing youth violence through therapeutic interventions for high-risk youth. In P. D. Donnelly & C. L. Ward (Eds.), Oxford textbook of violence prevention: Epidemiology, evidence, and policy (pp. 161-167). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • 1209 Leve, L. D. Chamberlain, P., & Kim, H. K. (2015). Risks, outcomes, and evidence-based interventions for girls in the US juvenile justice system. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 18, 252-279.

  • 1500 McCart, M. R. & Sheidow, A. J. (2016). Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments for Adolescents With Disruptive Behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2016.114699

  • 1501 Schoenwald, S. K. (2016). The Multisystemic Therapy Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement System. In W. O’Donohue & A. Maragakis (Eds.), Quality Improvement in Behavioral Health (pp. 169-192). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

To request an MST-related publication, send an e-mail with the publication number in the subject line to network.partner@mstservices.com.




  • Free MST jobs website, MSTjobs.com
    You can post positions as well as review resumes of applicants who are looking for MST-related opportunities.

  • Medicaid call
    The next Medicaid call will be held on Sept. 28, 2016, at 1 p.m. (ET). To join this call, email melanie.duncan@mstservices.com.




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