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MST-Psych is an evidence-based program that empowers young people (aged 9-16) and their families to function responsibly over the long term. Therapists work in the home, school and community and are on call 24/7 to provide caregivers with the tools they need to transform the lives of troubled young people. The average length of treatment is between 4 and 6 months and therapists and provider agencies are held accountable for achieving change and positive outcomes.

The goal of MST-Psych is to improve behavioural problems, mental health symptoms, suicidal behaviours and family relations while increasing the amount of time young people spend going to school and living in home-based placements.

Therapists work with caregivers to:

  • Keep young people and their family safe together
  • Help restore/build stronger relationships
  • Develop strategies to set rules in the home
  • Promote positive friendships
  • Support young people with school or vocational training
  • Develop stronger support networks
  • Increase responsible behaviour and decrease irresponsible behaviour


  • Via Child Protection
  • Young people aged 9-16 at risk of out-of-home placement
  • Service delivery focused on Metropolitan Melbourne and Greater Geelong