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Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an adaptation of MST that was developed to treat families who have come to the attention of Children’s Services due to physical abuse and/or neglect and who have one or more children aged 6 to 17 years who are subject to a child protection plan.
Key aims of MST-CAN
MST-CAN works with families to keep children at home with increased safety. The focus is providing treatment to the whole family with special attention given to parents to overcome some of the challenges they face to parenting. It is very common for parents in MST-CAN programmes to have experienced a traumatic event and treatment is provided to help overcome the impact of trauma.
In MST-CAN programmes a great deal of safety planning is included in addition to treatment for anger management difficulties, parental or youth substance abuse, and family problem solving and communication problems.
The MST-CAN team delivers treatment in the family’s home at flexible times, with a 24/7 on call service to help the family manage crises after hours. Treatment is intensive and lasts for six to nine months.
MST CAN is also recommended in NICE guidance for therapeutic interventions after abuse and neglect and the Early Intervention Foundation's Guidebook
MST-CAN in the UK
If you would like more information about the MST-CAN model, click here to request an information sheet or visit the MST-CAN website www.mstcan.com
For information about the cost effectiveness of MST-CAN, please read this article: Economic Impact of Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect
If you are interested in working in an MST CAN team, please visit the Current Vacancies page