Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a unique, goal-oriented, comprehensive treatment program designed to serve multi-problem youth in their community.  

Who is a fit for MST?

MST is effective in helping youth with chronic, violent delinquent behavior and youth with serious emotional problems, including:

  • Truancy and academic problems

  • Serious disrespect and disobedience

  • Aggressive behavior (fighting and property destruction)

  • Criminal behavior

  • Drug and alcohol problems

  • Running away

MST Services

Any combination of the following services could be provided to the youth and her/his family, as needed, within the MST program:

  • Family therapy

  • Marital therapy

  • Individual sessions with youth

  • Individual sessions with parents

  • Chemical dependency assessment and treatment

  • Consultation with schools

  • Coordinating activities with school systems, court, and/or other social service agencies

  • Arranging a psychiatric consultation

  • Evaluation of the youth’s peer network and arranging alternative activities

MST is the only family-focused and community-based treatment program that has been the focus of several major research studies, and demonstrated clinical- and cost-effectiveness for youth with complex emotional, social, and academic needs.  MST was developed at the Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, and uses only treatment strategies that are supported by research.

MST interventions focus on key aspects of these areas in each youth’s life.  All interventions are designed in full collaboration with family members and key figures in each of the child’s life -- parents or legal guardians, school teachers and principals, etc.


  • A complete functional assessment of youth in the context of their family, school, and community.

  • Seeks to understand the “fit” between the child’s problems and the factors which contribute to them.

  • Focuses on helping parents build supportive social networks

  • Empowers parents to address the needs of the youth more effectively

  • Emphasizes long-term change that families can maintain after the program

Service Currently Available at: 

610 Thimble Shoals Blvd | Ste 303 B
Newport News, VA 23606

Office Phone: (757) 240-5595

Fax: (757) 240-5596

4099 Foxwood Dr, Stes 200 & 203
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Office Phone: (757) 467-8184

Fax: (757) 467-2485