Emerge Aotearoa's Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) service is a community-based programme that can help whānau with a young person's challenging behaviour.
improve caregiver or parenting methods
improve family/whānau relationships
decrease a young person's alcohol or other substance use
improve a young person's education, job or training opportunities
involve youth in positive activities
address offending behaviour and reduce the risk of youth entering the justice system.
We will do an assessment to gain an understanding of why the challenging behaviours are happening and develop a plan with the young person and their whānau to address them. Our focus is always on long-term change.
We adopt a strengths-based approach to build confidence in whānau to manage behaviour more effectively and our team also work to make sure whānau have good support within their communities. We will also consult with schools, courses, alternative education providers and workplaces.
Any other agencies involved with the young person or whānau are included in the process so that everyone is working towards the same goals.
We accept self-referrals for Multi-Systemic Therapy in the Central region. Please contact us to make a referral or for more information. Referrals in the South Island are made by Child and Family Mental Health services.