Authors: Mark Porter and Leartluk Nuntavisit, WA
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES; SERVICE DELIVERY & IMPLEMENTATION, youth, child and adolescent mental health, western australia
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Child and adolescent conduct disorders include aggression, rule-violation and anti-social behaviours; and predict substance misuse, various mental health problems, unemployment, relationship difficulties, criminality and incarceration. These disorders are common and costly, but families are often poor, marginalised, and difficult to engage in clinic-based mental health services. Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive home and community-based, 24/7 intervention, for families having young persons (12-16 years) with severe behavioural problems. Two small MST teams, mostly comprised of young clinical psychologists, have successfully operated in Perth’s outer suburbs since 2005. This program includes a longitudinal research study with results indicating that positive changes in parenting style, family functioning and child behaviours are commonly achieved and maintained. These findings help inform mental health service design for families with young persons at high risk of chronic involvement with mental health, justice and social services.