Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. MST outcomes include reducing out-of-home placements and re-arrest rates, as well as increasing parenting skills, improving family relations, improving school or vocational participation and achievement, increasing participation in pro-social activities, and creating a support network of friends, relatives, and neighbors to assist in maintaining changes.
Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment
The Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment Model is a strength-focused home and community-based program designed to reduce risk that contributes to delinquent behavior and family dysfunction. Family Consultants work to enhance and improve youth and family functioning in the home and community and prevent the need for youth to be detained or placed in an out-of-home setting. Each family has an individualized service plan developed to include youth and family-driven goals that address the emotional, behavioral, social, educational and emotional needs of families. The services include a strong focus on family engagement, initial and ongoing assessment, individualized interventions, and case closure planning for long term outcomes. This service is designed to implement focused interventions and cognitive behavioral techniques to enhance youth skill development, such as social skills, problem-solving, and anger management skills. Family Consultants work with parents on evidence-based, behaviorally-oriented parenting practices to improve family functioning and stability in the home. Interventions also include development of informal and formal supports, linkage to community resources, and concrete services. The outcomes of these interventions are reduced truancy, substance abuse, curfew non-compliance, and other youth maladaptive behaviors.