Multisystemic Therapy and Neighborhood Partnerships: Reducing Adolescent Violence and Substance Abuse (Hardcover)
Based on the proven technology of Multisystemic Therapy (MST), this unique book provides an exemplary approach to empowering communities to reduce youth violence and substance abuse and promote school success. Effective strategies for working with at-risk youth are embedded in a comprehensive framework that enlists the talents and resources of clinicians, human service professionals, neighborhood residents, community organizations, and outside stakeholders. Using an extended case example to illustrate all aspects of implementing MST on a neighborhood-wide scale, the volume covers empirical and clinical foundations, program planning, and strategies for building collaboration with key community players.
Cynthia Cupit Swenson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center. She conducted National Institute of Mental Health-funded research that led to an adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy for child maltreatment, now being implemented in the U.S. and internationally.
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.
Ida S. Taylor is Director of Gethsemani Community Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. A leader in the Union Heights community for over 20 years, Mrs. Taylor is involved in multiple community and village service projects in North Charleston and Ghana. In 2006, she was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Medical University of South Carolina.
Oliver W. Addison has been a leader in Union Heights for over 40 years and served on the neighborhood council for over 20 years. An advocate for children, he served on the Charleston County School Board for 8 years and served two different terms as the Board’s chair. In 2006, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Medical University of South Carolina.
"Swenson and her colleagues have taken evidence-based interventions to a new level of sophistication and applied them in a culturally sensitive and empathetic way in a community setting. Detailed and practical, this book will be useful to students and professionals alike who are committed to providing quality services to underserved clients from diverse communities. The bar for all future intervention texts has just been raised by this important work."--Jon R. Conte, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Washington
"This book is extremely well written, in plain language. It contains a gold mine of descriptions concerning how to approach the challenging task of implementing a prevention intervention in a high-risk neighborhood in a sensitive and thoughtful fashion. I know of no other book that combines the application of a comprehensive, evidence-based intervention for high-risk youth with a thorough description of how to work from the grassroots in order to join effectively with local leaders. I highly recommend this book to any researcher, clinician, or policymaker interested in community-based prevention science."--Ray DeV. Peters, PhD, Better Beginnings, Better Futures Project, Queen's University, Canada
"The teachings of this book are useful to a wide range of practitioners and community leaders interested in enhancing the quality of life of people across settings....Readers learn how to support youth, families, and communities to achieve increased levels of safety and academic success, as well as decreased levels of substance abuse and dependence, using a systemic and ecological approach....A valuable resource book that speaks to multiple audiences by incorporating a wide range of voices and experiences."
— Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
"The authors have presented a complex body of work in an easy-to-read text that can be used by both researchers and practitioners who want to address problems such as substance use and community violence among adolescents within neighborhoods....The text is a valuable tool because it provides both process and evidence-supported outcomes for effective implementation of similar projects....Neighborhood partnerships across the country can be strengthened through the use of the implementation strategies outlined."
"The authors of this book have provided a good balance of theory and research along with the practical process element of MST. The book is informative, practical, and accessible to a wide audience of practitioners, students, and lay individuals who may be a part of the community in which the MST is undertaken."
— British Journal of Forensic Practice