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Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) program



The Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) program is an intensive family-based intervention for severe behavioural disorders in young persons aged 10-16 years. The program lasts 4 - 6 months and treats behavioural disorders such as conduct disorder, which if left untreated can lead to out of home placement, school expulsion, or entering the juvenile justice system.

The main focus of MST is on behaviour change within the family through:

The MST program is composed of two small teams, each with four clinicians, including an Aboriginal mental health professional.

The MST program is the first mental health MST service in Australia, and was established with a research component to measure the intervention's effectiveness within an Australian population context, including an Australian Aboriginal population.

Abstract adapted from the Western Australian Department of Health


Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) program
Western Australian Department of Health
189 Royal Street
East Perth WA 6004
Ph: (08) 9431 3781


Last updated: 13 March 2018
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