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Multisystemic Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a proven method of supporting families/whānau to manage their children’s challenging behaviour and is tailored to suit each family’s needs. The programme supports parents to develop new ways to respond to and resolve problems, such as aggression, running away, offending and substance abuse.

MST can help the family support their child back into school, into community groups and other positive activities. The programme can also help build relationships between the family and the school and others involved in their children’s lives.

What does the MST programme involve?

An average programme will comprise 2 to 3 sessions each week over 3 to 5 months. During this time we work mainly with parents or caregivers. We help families to manage on their own, without the need for agency involvement and our team can be contacted 24 hours, seven days a week.

The family will create their own goals based on their own needs and we will help them to achieve them. Parents will also be supported to put boundaries and limits into practice for their children. As part of the programme, the family will think about ways to make their home a happier place and be challenged to try new ideas and different ways of doing things. 

Who is MST for?

Youth Horizons provides MST free in the Auckland region to families of young people aged 11 – 17. All referrals to the service must be made through Oranga Tamariki.

Find out more

For more information phone 09 573 0954 or email us.