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