Multisystemic therapy (MST) is an evidence-based therapeutic program designed to help adolescents who display antisocial behaviors that place them at risk for out of home placement, as well as their families, learn positive coping skills and gain access to community resources.
Who We Serve
We serve adolescents ages 12 – 17.5 who live in Frederick or Washington Counties, and who have been referred to us by either the Department of Juvenile Services or the Department of Social Services. Caregivers are an integral part of the treatment process and should anticipate being highly involved throughout this program.
Adolescents and their families are referred to us after an adolescent has engaged in delinquent behaviors such as substance abuse, theft, assault, property destruction, and/or anti-social behavior. Some adolescents we care for have a mental health diagnosis in addition to having engaged in delinquent behavior.
In Multisystemic Therapy, our licensed therapists focus on providing adolescents and their caregivers with the skills and resources that they need to effectively address problematic behaviors. Multisystemic Therapy is a voluntary program and is free to participants.
Through Multisystemic Therapy, adolescents and members of the adolescent’s support network work with a therapist for approximately five to six months. Our therapists help participants to understand where issues have arisen, and how to effectively prevent and address issues moving forward. Therapists follow the national, evidence-based model for Multisystemic Therapy, and tailor it to each participant’s needs, ensuring that care is highly individualized.
Our primary goals are to keep families together and keep adolescents in the home.
What to Expect
After a family is referred to us by the Frederick or Washington County Department of Juvenile Services or Department of Social Services, one of our therapists will reach out to conduct an intake interview and to ensure that the family meets the criteria for participation.
Multisystemic Therapy generally lasts for four to six months. During this time, therapists will come meet with families in their homes, in schools, and in the community. Our therapists also offer flexible scheduling. Care is highly individualized so that we can most effectively address the problems families are experiencing, including the factors that led to problematic behaviors.
After the program has ended, we refer families to appropriate community resources including outpatient individual and family therapy, as well as respite care.
About the Team
Our team is comprised of licensed mental health professionals. Care and services are provided to individuals in Frederick and Washington Counties.
Multisystemic Therapy is a free, voluntary, grant-funded program available to adolescents ages 12 to 17.5 in Frederick and Washington Counties and their families. Participants must be referred by the Frederick or Washington County Department of Juvenile Services or Department of Social Services.
of youth remained in the home
of youth were either in school or working
of youth had no new arrests
fewer felony arrests
fewer violent felony arrests
fewer divorce of parents or paternity and child support suits