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Brandon Centre MST family explains how treatment changed their lives

A kind family shared their experience of Multisystemic Therapy for an audio blog, which won a competition at the the MST International Conference in May 2015. Have a listen to a Mum's first hand experience of our life changing service. 

MST Supervisor nominated for Whatever-It-Takes Award

We are proud to announce that our MST Supervisor, Moira Lamond, was recently nominated for an Whatever-It-Takes award. Her nomination is in recognition of someone who puts in extra effort and contributes greatly to a group’s success, in this case supporting her team of therapists to achieve lasting change for the families and communities we serve. Well done Moira!

MST on Film

Please enjoy a short video on MST. Here we explain why our service is different and how it meets the needs of young people and families, at home and in the community. 


Economic Evaluation of MST based Brandon Centre trial

An online peer reviewed research article that evaluated whether Multisystemic therapy is more cost-effective than statutory interventions that are currently available for young offenders in England has just been published. The paper is based on research using data from the Brandon Centre trial. This research was led by Maria Cary and her supervisor Sarah Byford from Centre for the Economics of Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry. Although the study has a number of limitations the results reported support the finding that MST+Youth Offending Team (YOT) services has scope for cost-savings when compared to YOT alone.

Brandon Centre MST trial findings are published

A paper reporting the quantitative findings from the Centre's MST trial was published in the New Research section of the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (volume 50, number 12, Dec 2011, Pgs 1200-1235). In the same issue there was a favourable editorial on the research (pages 1208-1209). The trial tested the effectiveness of MST compared to usual youth offending team services.


New MST Initiative in Waltham Forest

The Brandon Centre successfully tendered for a new MST therapist to work in Waltham Forest on a programme helping families of young people involved in gangs. The new MST therapist will join the Centre's MST- Substance abuse (SA) team.

MST for Problem Sexual Behaviour Trial

The Multisystemic Therapy for young people with problem sexual behaviour (MST-PSB) pilot became a randomised control trial from the beginning of January 2012. University College London is responsible for the evaluation over a period of three years. MST-PSB (Multisystemic therapy-problem sexual behaviour) is an adaptation of standard MST which has been successfully tested in the USA in tackling severe youth problem sexual behaviour. For more details see the Multisystemic therapy section of the website.


New Partnership with Action for Children

The Brandon Centre and Action for Children have formed a partnership aimed at supporting Action for Children in developing MST as a service offered to families requiring intensive support. Action for Children is the largest children's charity in England.

New MST Team

The Brandon Centre joined Haringey and Waltham Forest to apply for funding from the Department of Education to develop an evidence-based programme for children and young people on the edge of care or custody. The successful bid means that the Centre has recruited a third MST team. This is a four-year programme and will lead eventually to MST becoming a mainstream service within these local authorities.


Multisystemic therapy substance abuse

A grant from the Pilgrim Trust is supporting a small pilot of Multisystemic Therapy for young people misusing substances (MST-SA). MST-SA is an adaptation of MST Standard and involves the use of frequent drug testing and incentives to achieve the treatment goal of the young person not using drugs. The pilot is being run in partnership with FWD, Camden's substance misuse service for young people.


New family therapy service

The Brandon Centre has started a family therapy service for 12 to 17 year-olds with a substance misuse problem supported by a grant for three years from the J Paul Getty Foundation. The intervention is based on strategic family therapy. It lasts between 12 and 25 sessions and is delivered in the family home. For further information telephone Geoffrey Baruch on 020 7267 4792.


BBC online features Centre's MST trial

The experiences of a mother who received MST are discussed in Keeping my son out of trouble on the BBC's website.


Department of Health and National Mental Health Development Unit report initial MST trial findings

Department of Health

Guardian reports Brandon Centre initial MST trial findings

July 2010 - The Guardian reports on the publication of the Brandon Centre's MST study in its article Ministers back pilot therapy programme for young offenders.