Multisystemic Therapy for Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Second Edition

Scott W. Henggeler, Sonja K. Schoenwald, Charles M. Borduin, Melisa D. Rowland, and Phillippe B. Cunningham

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Multisystemic therapy (MST) has grown dramatically since the initial publication of this comprehensive manual. Today, over 400 MST programs operate in more than 30 states and 10 countries, supported by a strong empirical evidence base. This book explains the principles of MST and provides clear guidelines for clinical assessment and intervention with delinquent youth and their families. Practitioners are guided to implement proven strategies for engaging clients and helping them to address the root causes of antisocial behavior, improve family functioning and peer relationships, enhance school performance, and build meaningful social supports.

New to This Edition

“Henggeler and his colleagues have broken new ground with this clear, detailed road map for implementing multisystemic therapy. Building on a quarter-century of research, practice, and successful replication, they have distilled the core principles and interventions of this alternative to the failed policy of indiscriminate incarceration for troubled young people. This is a major contribution in a field sorely in need of evidence-based interventions.”

—Patrick McCarthy, PhD, Senior Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, Maryland


“This impressive second edition builds upon new research and clinical experience to expand and enrich a classic guide. I enthusiastically recommend this book to all of my colleagues in the mental health field. It is an excellent text for family therapy courses and for courses on child and adolescent treatment in psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy training programs. It will be required reading for all of my students who are counselors and therapists in training.”

—Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


“Henggeler et al. offer clear examples and excellent detail about the theoretical underpinnings and practical application of the MST treatment model. The reader is given a thorough understanding of the complex causes of antisocial behavior and how these translate into the development of individualized family assessments and treatment plans. This second edition is a great resource for practitioners, students, and researchers who want to learn how data-based theories can be used to drive clinical conceptualizations and practices that achieve transformative outcomes for youth and families.”

—Patricia Chamberlain, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Research to Practice, Oregon Social Learning Center

Table of Contents

1. The Multisystemic Therapy Theory of Change: Conceptual and Empirical Bases

2. Clinical Foundations, with Elena Hontoria Tuerk

3. Family Interventions

4. Peer Interventions

5. Promoting Educational and Vocational Success, with Cindy M. Schaeffer

6. When and How to Conduct Individually Oriented Interventions

7. Building Social Supports for Families

8. Treating Substance Abuse

9. MST Outcomes

10. Quality Assurance and Improvement: Fundamental to MST Programs Worldwide


About the Authors

Scott W. Henggeler, PhD, is retired Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was founding Director of the Family Services Research Center (FSRC) from 1992 to 2012. The mission of the FSRC is to develop, validate, and study the dissemination of clinically- and cost-effective mental health and substance abuse services for children with serious clinical problems and their families. Under Dr. Henggeler's leadership, the FSRC received the Annie E. Casey Families Count Award, GAINS Center National Achievement Award, and the Points of Light Foundation President’s Award in recognition of excellence in community service directed at solving community problems. Dr. Henggeler has received several research and education awards from national organizations, including being named one of "the twelve people who saved rehabilitation" by the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Henggeler has published 10 books and more than 280 journal articles and book chapters. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and has been on the editorial boards of more than 10 journals.

Sonja K. Schoenwald, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She served as Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center from 1994 to 2004. Dr. Schoenwald pioneered the development, refinement, and empirical testing of the training and quality assurance protocols used to transport multisystemic therapy to usual care settings. Her research focuses on the transportability, implementation, and dissemination of effective community-based treatments for youth and families. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has coauthored three books and several treatment manuals and monographs.

Charles M. Borduin, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Director of the Missouri Delinquency Project. He has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and books on the development and validation of effective mental health services for youth with complex clinical problems, and has served as a national and international consultant to government and private agencies on the reform of children’s mental health services.

Melisa D. Rowland, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interests focus on developing, implementing, and evaluating clinically effective family-based interventions for youth presenting with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Dr. Rowland is the coinvestigator in charge of clinical and project implementation on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study designed to evaluate the relative effectiveness of three training protocols with increasing intensity in supporting the implementation of contingency management by practitioners treating adolescent substance abusers in the South Carolina mental health and substance abuse sectors. She is also the coinvestigator in charge of clinical implementation for an Annie E. Casey Foundation-funded project designed to develop an evidence-based continuum of services for youth with antisocial behaviors at risk of out-of-home placement in New York City.

Phillippe B. Cunningham, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Family Services Research Center of the Medical University of South Carolina. He has had a long-standing commitment to addressing the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents, especially those who are disadvantaged and underserved. Dr. Cunningham is a recipient of the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology. In 2006, he participated in the First Lady’s Conference on Helping America’s Youth.

Audience

Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors working with at-risk children and adolescents; researchers and students in these areas.

Course Use

Serves as a text in graduate-level courses such as Juvenile Delinquency, Interventions with Youth, Community Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology, and Direct Practice with Children and Adolescents.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 1998
ISBN: 9781572301061
New to this edition: