Workshops

European MST Conference Workshops:
 
Therapists Track:
Effectively Addressing Challenges to Building Strong Social Supports
Anne Cathrine Strütt/Brenda Szumski
Research shows social capital provides significant protection against the ups and downs of life; therefore, building strong social supports is essential in fostering long-term sustainability post-MST.  Teams often encounter challenges in engaging caregivers to address this significant area of need.  This workshop is for supervisors and therapists and will focus on identifying and overcoming some of those challenges at each level (family, therapist, and supervisor) drilling down to specific strategies that MST teams can use to effectively build strong social supports systems.
 
Empowering Caregivers to Be Active Agents of Change with Their Youth:
Overcoming Cognitive and Systemic Barriers
 Paul Jacobse/Jo Leunissen/Sandy Crotts/Marisa Licata
Struggling to help caregivers feel that they can be active agents of change for their MST youth? This workshop might be a great fit for you! This workshop will provide teams with assessment and intervention ideas for a common, but difficult problem for our families and teams—losing hope that they can be change agents for our youths. We will focus on supporting therapists in this area by tackling therapist drivers on the fit. We will strive to overcome barriers to MST intervention implementation when empowering caregivers to become active agents of change presents as a primary challenge. Therapists will have the opportunity to learn from one another and share ideas about effective strategies, while practicing and refining skills through experiential exercises. 

How to Manage Conflict in Session!
Hans Bakker/Martin Robinson
Therapist can feel lost when conflict erupts in a family sessions! Negative sequences go on and on and you just observe it kind of flabbergasted; not having a clue where to start stopping this escalation. This workshop is about helping you to block negative/destructive patterns of interactions and promote positive/constructive patterns of interactions while keeping engagement with all people present.
A must have for all therapists who often run into these challenging situations!
 
Increasing Clinical Skills Needed in MST
Therese Sandvik/Grethe Elin Larsen
This workshop will provide an opportunity for therapists and supervisors to learn about the core therapy skills needed to do MST.  The workshop will focus on clinical skills needed to develop and maintain engagement and difficulties balancing engagement and directive approaches in MST.  In addition, participants will engage in activities to increase their ability to recognize these skills in practice and to assess their own strengths/needs in using specific skills (e.g., empathy, reflective listening, positive reframing, open-ended questions, etc.). Participants will engage in experiential exercises designed to help therapists increase knowledge and skills to address areas of identified need.
 
Increasing Effective Supervision and Monitoring
Sue Dee/Vicky McCaig
“Low or Ineffective Supervision and Monitoring” will often show up as a powerful and proximal driver for many MST referral behaviours including substance misuse, truancy, theft, and runaway. This interactive workshop will incorporate small group activities to help therapists develop tools and refine skills to assist families in overcoming challenges to increasing supervision and monitoring.
 
Keeping Youth In Mainstream Schools: Multi-level strategies for systems change
Geena Jacobsson/Emma Ulfsdotter
The focus of today’s workshop is on young people who can benefit from being in a mainstream school setting but because of their behaviours are being pushed into an alternative setting or have already been placed in an alternative setting. We will be considering the drivers from all systems (school, family, individual, and other stakeholders) and the roles each system might play in helping the young person succeed in a mainstream school setting.
 
 
Supervisor’s Track:
Addressing Top Clinical Concerns in Supervision:
Using sequences to Improve Delivery
Bjørnar Bråthen/Erlend Eidsaa
This session will offer supervisors the opportunity to improve their ability to address their top clinical concerns during supervision.  Supervisors will share ideas and practice in-the-moment strategies to improve planning and delivery of feedback. This workshop will focus on a specific content area which can be addressed in a manner tailored to each participant's needs, so supervisors at all levels of experience are welcome. Work samples and some brief advance preparation will be requested.
 
How to Stop it Happening and Again and Again-
Helping Therapists Effectively Address Aggression and Risk of Harm
 Zoë Ashmore/Anne Edmondson
Violence is a common referral behaviour for young people in MST.   When there is an acute risk of harm the team engages quickly in highly detailed assessment and planning, following the “Do Loop.”  This workshop aims to help supervisors take work samples drawn from multiple sources to assess and build therapists' skills in this area. Experiential exercises will be used to increase learning opportunities, share strategies with other participants and enable supervisors to apply the workshop to their own developmental needs. There will also be an opportunity to look at how supervisors can increase collaboration and maintain alignment with stakeholders to reduce barriers in implementing interventions to reduce aggression and risk of harm.
 
 
Programme Managers & Supervisors:
 
How to Share Success Stories and Market MST
Laura Shortt/Lisa Reiter
This workshop session will focus on sharing past efforts and approaches to market MST.  The objective of these efforts has been to increase the impact of the MST model by sustaining existing programs and encouraging the adoption of new programmes. 
 
Participants will develop and share strategies for creating powerful presentations that are sure to engage any audience. This workshop will include guidance to support programs (at all levels) in using PIRS, stories/testimonials and hard data to educate and engage community stakeholders in the positive outcomes of MST. 
 
Improving and Growing the Teams You Want –
Overcoming Challenges with Stakeholder Relations”
Femke Kuijpers/ Mai Fransen
Collaborating with local stakeholders who are engaged in Evidenced Based Practices is essential for both new and experienced teams.  Low stakeholder engagement in EBPs is often a predictor of low referrals and poor outcomes. This workshop will focus on giving programme managers and supervisors the tools to help teams engage local stakeholders in EBPs and in MST.  We will examine the overall fit of low stakeholder engagement in MST and present strategies that have been found to be effective in improving engagement.   Participants will be asked prior to the workshop to send their “biggest stakeholders’ challenge in order to get the most out of our time together.
 
 
Programme Managers & Policy Makers:
 
Adaptations: Lessons learned on how to effectively implement
MST adaptations in European contexts
Joanne Penman/Naamith Heiblum
This workshop will first provide a brief overview of the components unique to each of the three MST adaptations that are currently being implemented across Europe: MST–PSB (Problem Sexual Behavior), MST-SA (Substance Abuse), and MST-CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect).  A panel of treatment providers from several MST adaptation teams will then discuss the primary considerations and adjustments that have been developed to successfully implement these adaptations within a European context.  Case examples will be provided and questions answered.
 
Ensuring a Strong Framework for Implementation
Tom Jefford/Cathy James/Lori Moore
The process of setting up and implementing MST, and other Evidenced-based practices, involves significant administrative challenges, including securing funding, managing stakeholder relationships, recruiting and retaining suitable staff, managing a steady stream of referrals, and proactively monitoring  and achieving model adherence.   Participants will share successful strategies used to achieve these aims, as well as, identify and problem-solve areas of concerns.  By the end of the workshop, participants will develop a strategic plan to improve the organisational environment to promote positive outcomes for the young people and families served. 
 
 
Researchers track:
 
Researchers Symposium
Dr. Peter Fonagy
Afternoon breakout session is planned to provide an opportunity for researchers to present and hear about the latest findings in MST.  Participants will enjoy a lively and stimulating afternoon of discussion whilst offering fellow researchers an opportunity to meet and find out more about each other’s work.
 
 
Business Support Officers track:
 
“BSO – Make the MST Team Go Round”
Natalie Wilmot/Ben Robins/Lori Moore
The Business Support Officer is often the “back-bone” of the MST Programme, working to ensure on a daily basis that everything gets done in a timely, efficient manner.  Without you, who would run all those reports, or collect those TAM-Rs?  Business Support Officers are invited to join us for this workshop to share and receive helpful tips to make your job easier, and maybe even a little more fun!