2018 Conference
April 30 – May 2, 2018
The Westin Westminster
Denver, CO
In 6 Days

Multisystemic Therapy® (MST®) Pre-Conference

April 11

The Policy and Practice of Building an MST Program

MST is a leading family- and community-based treatment model addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders—their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. With more than 25 years of research, MST is currently being practiced in 34 states and 14 countries. The pre-conference is for anyone interested in learning more about the model, and hearing from communities and stakeholders about how and why it works for them.


Session 1 (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Learn how to overcome barriers to implementing MST at a meaningful scale. Take back lessons that you can use in your community. Speakers include:
  • Honorable Chief Judge Steven H. Teske, leader of juvenile justice reform in Georgia and author of Reform Juvenile Justice Now
  • Julie Revaz, MSW, manager of Connecticut’s Court Support Services Division, helped bring evidence-bases programs to the state
  • Dan Edwards, PhD, president of Evidence-Based Associates (EBA)—the organization that helps states (like Florida and Georgia) focus on the high-quality implementation of MST and other EBPs
  • Tim Goldsmith, PhD, chief clinical officer of Youth Villages, is closely involved in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy and other outcome-based strategies
Lunch (12 – 1 p.m.)

Session 2 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Learn how you can positively impact juvenile-justice reform by using MST in your community, county, state or country. Speakers include:
  • Nell Bernstein, award-winning author of Burning Down the House, a clarion call to shut down our nation’s brutal and counterproductive juvenile prisons, and bring our children home
  • Jeremy C. Kohomban, PhD, president and CEO Children’s Village, a leading institution using and developing programs that document positive outcomes
  • Ken Warner, former chief of the Children's Behavioral Health Bureau of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department that planned and implemented MST statewide
  • A parent who will share her family’s story of participating in MST