Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Adolescents) and Interventions for Abusive Behavior.

Target Population: Youth between 10 and 17.5 years of age (and their families) when the youth has engaged in sexually abusive behavior toward others; many of these youth will have been seen by the courts, although this is not an inclusionary requirement

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 17

Brief Description

Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) is a clinical adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) that has been specifically designed and developed to treat youth (and their families) for problematic sexual behavior. Building upon the research and dissemination foundation of standard MST, the MST-PSB model represents a practice uniquely developed to address the multiple determinants underlying problematic juvenile sexual behavior.

MST-PSB is delivered in the community, occurs with a high level of intensity and frequency, incorporates treatment interventions from MST, and places a high premium on approaching each client and family as unique entities. Treatment incorporates intensive family therapy, parent training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, skills building, school and other community system interventions, and clarification work. Ensuring client, victim, and community safety is a paramount mission of the model.

Each youth/family has uniquely and collaboratively designed individual treatment plans, and each treatment site is encouraged to conjointly develop locally defined outcomes that suit community needs.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) are:

  • Youth is currently living at home.
  • Youth is attending school (is not truant) or vocational training; youth may have a job if of a legally appropriate age not to attend school.
  • Youth has not been arrested for an offense since the beginning of MST-PSB treatment.
  • Youth has demonstrated an absence of any problem sexual behavior and no sexually related arrests or substantiated child abuse investigations.

Contact Information

Richard J. Munschy, PsyD
Agency/Affiliation: MST Associates
Phone: (860) 348-1938
Fax: (860) 225-4776

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2011