Seven in 10 nurses say young people's mental healthcare is inadequate

By Denis Campbell, The Guardian - 4th October 2016

A poll of specialist workers finds that 20% believe services are seriously lacking, with potentially dangerous consequences

Seven out of 10 specialist nurses caring for the growing number of young people struggling with mental health problems believe that NHS services are insufficient.

MST at Children & Young People Now's Early Help Conference

28th September 2016
Early Help: Building Resilience and Evidence-based Practice
Against a backdrop of reduced financial resource and rising social need, what is the key to providing effective early help for children, young people and families in 2016 and beyond?
This is an essential national conference providing fresh thinking and the latest innovative practice from across the country.

How to Manage an ‘Unmanageable’ Child

By Eryn Mann, MST Therapist - 27th September 2016

For many years, Lara felt that she had no voice in her own home. Even though she was the mum, Lara was overwhelmed by her son Harry’s aggressive outbursts, using drugs and alcohol, and not going to school. Lara often felt she couldn't manage her 'unmanageable' child and had no choice but to call the police on Harry. This left her feeling ashamed, embarrassed and she couldn’t see her way out.

MST teams in Birmingham & Dublin now trained!

20th September 2016

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the new MST teams from Dublin and Birmingham who successfully completed last week's 5 day orientation training in Leicester.

Here is a photo of the group who all contributed to a great course!

Thanks also go out to the trainers Zoe Ashmore, Simone Fox and Lori Moore.

National Implementation Service Seminars – Evidence into real world practice in Children’s Services, Creativity and Innovation in challenging times

15th September 2016
Dear Colleague,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the forthcoming NIS Seminars: 'Evidence Into Real World Practice in Children's Services: Creativity and Innovation in Challenging Times'.
Leeds on 4th November & Birmingham on 9th November 2016.

First MST for Child Abuse & Neglect (CAN) Expert hired outside of MST Services

August 2016

Dr Martin Robinson - a consultant for MST-UK at the National Implementation Service - is the first MST-CAN Expert to be hired outside of MST Services . In August, he successfully helped to train a new MST-CAN team in Rotterdam as MST-CAN expands around the world.

Martin currently works with Leicester and Nottingham CAN teams and is looking forward to working with new CAN teams in Leeds and Newcastle in the coming months.

Implementing the Mental Health Forward View

July 2016

The independent Mental Health Taskforce published its Five Year Forward View in February 2016 which set out the current state of mental health service provision in England and made recommendations in all service areas.

NHS England accepted all the recommendations in the report for which it held responsibility and it was agreed with the Government that to support this transformation, mental health services will benefit from additional investment of £1bn per year by 2020/21.

Dedicated West Essex MST Supervisor receives award

Congratulations to Tom Burke, who was honoured for his specialist work in supporting families in West Essex.

Tom, who works for Action for Children, has helped reduce the number of children taken into care in Harlow's region through their Multi-systematic Therapy programme.

Mr Burke was presented with the award in a ceremony in the Essex County Council offices.

Government to trial 'Staying Close' scheme for children leaving residential care

4th July 2016

The government is to pilot a scheme to enable young people leaving residential care to live near to, and retain links with, their children's homes.

Called Staying Close, the scheme stops short of offering those in residential care the same right to stay in care until they are 21 as those in foster care receive under Staying Put arrangements.

Find out more about ways of funding an MST team

16th June 2016

Please visit Funding Central for a range of information about grants, contracts and loans

Success of Evidence-Based Programmes Depends on Fidelity

Posted by Julie Revaz, 17th May 2016

If you want a successful EBP, don’t improvise

Congratulations. You have made the choice to implement an evidence-based programme (EBP) in your community. It’s a wise and fiscally responsible choice since only EBPs deliver proven and predictable outcomes.

Celebrating success of MST in Manchester

St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
Action for Children held a half day conference showcasing the success of MST in Manchester.  For more details please visit the Action for Chidlren website:

UK Judge Praises Multisystemic Therapy

Posted by Zoe Ashmore, MST Expert and Lloyd McDonald, MST Supervisor on May 3, 2016

Evidence-based intervention keeps girl at home

Everyone was afraid that the young person would have to be taken into care. Chloe was not attending school. She was using drugs and staying out all night. Recently, she had ended up in the hospital after a night of drinking and drugs. Her caregiver was at her wit's end. But as luck would have it, she and Chloe were about to be referred to a brand-new program in their community—Multisystemic Therapy (MST).

Multisystemic Therapy Adaptation Helps Families Overcome Most Difficult Obstacles

By Joanne Penman, MST Services (5th April 2016)

MST-CAN and MST-BSF are helping families with exceptionally complex and difficult problems

A Mother Expresses Her Gratitude for Multisystemic Therapy

By Dr. Philip Reynolds, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and MST Supervisor, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Ms. Anderson wrote a letter to express her appreciation. Here is an excerpt from that letter:

Referring to MST: An Easy Choice for a UK Social Worker

By Tracey D., Social Worker (5th February 2016)

A difficult case with few good options

He and his family were on my caseload. He was on my mind. He had previously been a “looked-after child” [in foster care] and was now at risk for becoming one again. The boy was displaying several behavioural problems—increasingly becoming involved in gangs and drugs. He had been stabbed, and his whole family was concerned about his safety and well-being. His stepfather was isolating him from other family members, and the parents were constantly arguing.

Kicking the habit: How MST is helping young people give up drugs

By Eileen Fursland 16th February 2016

To read the full article please visit: Children & Young People Now

International Innovation Article

28th January 2016
Drs Cynthia Cupit Swenson and Cindy Schaeffer are developing evidence-based methods for delivering support to families who have experienced child abuse, neglect or substance abuse. In the article - Family-based solutions for child abuse and neglect - they discuss their motivations and work to date

What is MST Like: A Child's Perspective

Kieran Lord, MST Supervisor Leeds City Council, UK and Sarah Gilbert, MST Therapist, Trafford MST Team

A child talks about his experience with Multisystemic Therapy

Capturing the voice of the young person is often difficult in MST, but it is a critical part of the story that begs to be told. Community stakeholders and families alike often ask, “What about the young person? How does this program impact his or her life?” During a recent event, the Trafford MST team in the UK found a unique way to bring the voice of the young person to life.

Every school will have a mental health champion

3rd December 2015

The Times (Rosemary Bennett) reports that schools will have a mental health champion appointed to them to identify and treat children suffering from anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. Over 250 schools have agreed to the trial with a teacher, nurse or teaching assistant to be selected to act as the “point of contact.” That person will work with their local NHS children’s mental health service and aim to get the correct treatment for a child.