AIP’s Multisystemic Therapy Program (MST) is a home-based model that brings the AIP clinician into the family’s home several times each week for several months. MST prefers that client meetings be held in the home, where the extended family can be fully engaged in treatment.
MST is an intensive intervention that reduces chronic misbehavior in youth (ages 10 and up) with significant behavioral challenges. A large body of scientific evidence validates the effectiveness of this approach.
The AIP Multisystemic Therapy Program serves families in communities where the risk factors are highest. We currently operate under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, working with referred youth who are under the care of DCF, to reduce out-of-home placements. In addition to Boston, AIP’s MST Program also serves the cities of Revere, Winthrop, Everett, and Chelsea, Massachusetts, three towns adjacent to Boston. This very intensive and validated form of family therapy service is provided at no cost to families.
Our clinical work in the community and in families’ homes is an important complement to our large presence in schools, as it extends our ability to meet children and families in their natural settings so that we can help them to build on their strengths.