By Kashmir Goddard, MST Therapist (23rd May 2017)
Her relationship with her 14-year-old son had broken down. She argued with her own parents because they had different parenting styles, and she felt like she could no longer go to them for needed support. Most of all Mum was scared. It seemed as if it was too late to turn things around, no matter what she did. Mum was convinced that she had lost her son. She was convinced rules, consequences and rewards would only make things worse.
What was she to do? Enter MST
By Garry Blackburn, MST Supervisor (19th May 2017)
An MST Champion Does Whatever it Takes.
Sometimes, it takes a leap of faith. Sometimes, it takes several.
Two years ago, Wigan (a large, former mining town in the north of England) had lots of hard-working and innovative services, but not Multisystemic Therapy (MST). Wigan took a leap of faith and commissioned its first MST team to work with complex cases on the edge of care.
By Karen, MST Therapist (4th May 2017)
Sometimes the key to engaging a family is knowing where they come from...
Fifteen-year-old Aaron (not his real name) was referred to Multisystemic System (MST) due to physical and verbal aggression at home, starting fires and substance abuse. His mum was a single parent who had immigrated to the U.K. when civil war broke out in their home country. It was just the two of them. She had left behind two, now adult, children whom she had when she was only 12 and 13 years old. They were raised by others in her family. Mum had significant mental-health problems, including a diagnosis of schizophrenia and PTSD following trauma in her home country. Her Christian faith was very important to her.
The MST treatment did not start auspiciously.
By Lauren Skeels, MST Therapist (16th March 2017)
This mother had lost all hope, but then she met her MST therapist, Lauren Skeels (MST Therapist at the Northamptonshire South team).
When I first met Ms. Minton, she was in a very fragile place. She was in poor mental health and felt the professionals dealing with her case were judging her. It felt as if she was fighting a losing battle. Social services were threatening to remove all her six children. By the end of the MST treatment, she was confident dealing with professionals that recognised the difficulties her family was experiencing, and they were all working much more effectively. This is a letter she wrote thanking her supervisor, Dr. Phil Reynolds. *Names have been changed for confidentiality
By Sarah Whittle (24th February 2014)
Sarah blogs about MST Leicester and the discovery of King Richard III's remains in a car park next to the team's office.