One Bergen County Plaza,2nd Floor New Jersey, Hackensack 07601
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) is a goal-oriented, comprehensive treatment program designed to serve multi-problem youth in their community.MST is a home-based program that helps youths with chronic behaviors as truancy, serious disobedience, aggressive behavior, running away and substance abuse. MST has been the focus of several major research studies and has demonstrated clinical and cost-effectiveness for youths with complex emotional, social, and academic needs. Caseloads of the therapists are small (4-6 families per therapist) and treatment is intensive, often including multiple contacts with the family in the home every week. The average length of treatment is from 2-5 months. SERVICES Assesses the youth in the context of his family, school, and community Seeks to understand the youth’s problems and the contributing factors Focuses on helping parents build supportive social networks Empowers parents to address the needs of the youth Emphasizes long-term change that families can maintain after the program Helps to reduce recidivism WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY MST THERAPIST? Any combination of the following: Family therapy Individual sessions with parents Evaluation of the youth’s peer network and development of alternative activities Consultation with schools Coordination of programs with the court and other agencies Consultation in parenting issues Chemical dependency assessment and treatment planning Assistance available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Bergen County youths, from the ages of 12½ to 17½, who are referred by the Juvenile Family Court, Juvenile/ Family Crisis Intervention Unit, parents, schools or service agencies.