Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Implementing an MST Program

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Implementing an MST Program

Article excerpt

The juvenile justice system in this country is intended to be rehabilitative, yet this is often not the case. Simply because youth are incarcerated and in residential treatment does not mean they are getting what they need.

Studies have shown that putting dissocial kids together only makes them worse. In order to target and mitigate these kids' antisocial behaviors, they need to be in prosocial environments. They should not be isolated in antisocial environments.

The MST approach attempts to foster prosocial environments by monitoring the kids closely, helping the family system around the kids to better manage disruptive behaviors, and helping kids remain out of corrections until they grow out of their antisocial behavior, which, according to Dr. David Satcher in "Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General," is frequently temporary.

But successfully implementing MST is a challenge. For one, it's hard to keep staff. Experienced staff leverage their training to get better paying jobs. …

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