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Adapting Multisystemic Therapy to Serve Youth Presenting Psychiatric Emergencies: Two Case Studies

  • Melisa D. Rowland (a1), Scott W. Henggeler, Anita M. Gordon, Susan G. Pickrel, Phillippe B. Cunningham and James E. Edwards...


Multisystemic therapy (MST) is a highly individualised family- and home-based treatment that has successfully served as a clinically effective and cost-effective alternative to out-of-home placements (e.g., incarceration, psychiatric hospitalisation) for youth presenting serious clinical problems. MST clinical procedures are reviewed and two extensive case summaries are used to explicate the MST intervention process for treating serious antisocial behaviour and modifications in that process needed to safely and effectively serve youth presenting psychiatric emergencies.




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