Team Workshops:

1. Addressing Common Barriers to Effective CBT Intervention Implementation With Adults

Trainer: Philip Reynolds

This workshop is going to be focusing on addressing the drivers to CBT interventions that have not yet been successful, despite alignment with the caregiver to address their mental health functioning as a target of treatment. Participants will leave knowing how to identify common mental health symptoms and develop effective CBT interventions consistent with MST.

2. Addressing Tough Barriers to Decreasing Family Conflict

Trainer: Mai Fransen

Do you or your therapists get stuck in treatment when addressing tough drivers to family conflict, including caregiver fear of aggression?  This workshop is designed to help therapists and supervisors expand their clinical repertoire by offering advanced strategies to assess and intervene effectively with high family conflict in order to achieve treatment outcomes.  We will leverage and build on your existing skills and experiences to develop practical strategies that you can apply with families.

3. Keep Youth in School! 

Trainers:  Therese Sandvik and Ingvild Stjernen Tisløv

Many youths who have been referred to MST have a history of long-term truancy, chronic school refusal, suspension, expulsion and academic failure. This workshop will help therapists with tools that can help the youth and all key participants around the youth to work together to keep the youth in school. We will share strategies to support the youth, parents and school and to improve strained relationships between the school and caregiver. We know that positive school functioning contributes to reduced antisocial behavior and youth who drop out of school typically face many negative long-term economic and social consequences. Welcome to the workshop!

4. Fly to the moon: how to help ID-families make small steps to reach big goals

Trainers: Jo Leunissen & Femke Kuijpers

Are you sometimes struggling in MST when the youth or parent(s) seem to have an intellectual disability? Do you feel that you need to speak a different language? Are you even wondering if MST is the right program for these families? Or simply how to get better or easier results? Then you should come to this workshop! We will review common characteristics for people with an intellectual disability. We will discuss how to use the MST Analytic Process, the 9 Principles, and additional resources to tailor conceptualization and intervention development. How to ensure that plans are effective and developmentally appropriate. You will get the chance to share examples and practice designing interventions for these families.
And last but not least: you will work directly with the Dutch experts who are developing the “MST-ID Specialisation” in the Netherlands – so they have lots of knowledge and experience to share!

5. Intervening in the Ecology when Young People are Involved with Mostly Negative Peers/Criminal Adults

Trainers: Simone Fox & Anders Ohman

Do you work with young people where there are concerns around them being involved in a primary negative peer group, associated with gangs or criminally exploited? These drivers can make it difficult to create change in the peer ecology. This workshop will focus on applying all stages of the MST Analytic Process to better prepare therapists to address these concerns. There will be consideration around working in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the police, youth justice and social care as well as the role of social media. Participants will share examples and have an opportunity to practice designing interventions to target the peer ecology.

6. Creating and managing Effective MST Sessions 

Trainer: Lori Moore

Have you ever finished an MST family session and wondered, “what just happened”?  In this workshop we will identify common struggles to creating and keeping a good agenda in session.  We will discuss how the weekly case summary goals and interventions create the foundation for therapist and families in treatment.  Then share strategies for creating a therapeutic environment needed to manage individual and family sessions, as well as how to incorporate multiple individuals from the ecology into treatment sessions.  Therapists will have an opportunity to practice setting up role play exercises with family members, interrupting negative sequences in the moment, and keeping all involved present focused.

7. Do Good, Be Well

Trainer:  Geena Jacobsson

Do you get energized by the creativity and flexibility of MST and the feeling of satisfaction when you help a family make positive changes in their life?  Do you also struggle sometimes with the impact that the wide range of work hours and our “Whatever it Takes” mentality has on your personal life? This workshop will focus on the unique challenge of working in MST while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.  We’ll be sharing, learning and practicing specific strategies, techniques and ideas that can help us continue to Do Good AND Be Well.

8. Working Effectively with MST Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1

Trainer:  Jennifer Vinces-Cua

This workshop is designed to help therapists and supervisors support MST families with a youth that has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/ Autistic Disorder (AD) Level 1. Diagnostic criteria and common characteristics will be reviewed. The MST Analytic Process, the 9 Principles, and additional resources will be linked to the family treatment tailoring process for case conceptualization and intervention development. Intervention plans will incorporate Principle 6 to ensure effectiveness and developmentally appropriateness. A case example will provide participants the opportunity to practice assessing and designing interventions for a young person with ASD level 1.

Supervisor Workshops:

9. Understanding Adolescent Brain Development to Support Your Therapists to Target Barriers to Changing Parenting Practices

Trainers: Els Donvil and Mhairi Fleming

Want to become a mind reader?! In this workshop, supervisors will increase their own knowledge of adolescent brain development by looking at some recent neuroscientific research. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to support therapists to target barriers to changing parenting practices and will leave with strategies to build your teams knowledge base regarding adolescent brain development. Plus, be able to assess and adjust interventions to be more developmentally appropriate based on the expanded knowledge base.

10. Clinician Development Plans that Make a Difference

Trainer: Maartje Kateman

Are you looking for ways to make the most of your individual time with therapists and their development?  The focus of this workshop will be on helping supervisors develop strategies and skills to facilitate clinicians’ effective treatment with families. Supervisors will receive guidance and share strategies for achieving the challenging task of successfully applying the Analytical Process and 9 Principles to clinician development and creating practical and effective development plans. The workshop will include exercises focused on a sample clinician as well as on clinicians with whom the supervisor currently works. Experiential exercises will focus on strategies for incorporating regular use of field visits, tape reviews, modeling and role plays into the clinician development process.

11. Success in Supervision! Creating and Delivering Good Prep

Trainers:  Bjørnar Bråthen and Erlend Eidsaa

In this workshop, we will share strategies and tools to help you prepare for group supervision and deliver it effectively. Participants will share experiences, and there will be opportunities to practice in small groups with supervisors from MST teams across Europe.

Supervisor and (Program) Manager Workshops:

12. Recruit and Retain for Ultimate Gains!

Trainer: Garry Blackburn

Recruitment, retention and good clinical outcomes are not silo tasks, but are in fact all part of the same machine! This workshop for supervisors and (programme) managers /programme leads will focus on selecting the most suitable candidates, developing them and retaining them for a sustainable team and achieving better outcomes.

This workshop will include opportunities for large group discussions and brainstorming in addition to small group problem-solving to address recruitment and retention challenges you’ve encountered.

13. Building Champions: (advanced) strategies for stakeholder management and marketing

Trainers: Lidewy Ammerlaan & Ben Robins

Stakeholder management in MST has never been more important: to get referrals, to get the best possible outcomes, to get budget contracts. However, it is not an easy task. So many different stakeholders around, so much at stake and time is only limited! Do you want to learn how to spend less time on stakeholder management AND have better results? How to build strong working relationships that last? In this workshop we will provide you with advanced tools for stakeholder management and we will practise how to use them. We will discuss strategies on how to select and connect to different types of stakeholders and how to use your marketing tools to keep them close and get results. This workshop is all about tips and tricks and is aimed at supervisors, (program) managers and program support staff.

14. Why can’t MST Do It This Way……?

Trainers: Emma Ulfsdotter Ljunggren and Anne Cathrine Bartvik

In this workshop, we will discuss common barriers and strategies to responding effectively to requests to shift MST practices to meet a specific stakeholder or community need, as well as to situations in which a provider makes those shifts in practice independently. The requests might range from small case by case questions asked by the stakeholders to more fundamental changes wanted. Strategies and resources that have been utilized in these situations will be shared, and we will practice ways to reach mutually agreed upon and MST-consistent solutions.

15. The growing evidence: New directions and questions

Trainers: Several trainers

During this workshop you will hear flash talks about some of the most exciting European research projects relating to MST. You will have the opportunity to ask questions or learn more about and from the researchers involved.

Studies that may be presented include research on caregivers’ and young peoples’ experiences with MST; research on working with diverse populations such as young people with ASD or ID, families from a minority ethnic background and adoptive families; research on adolescents at risk of criminal exploitation; research on families with child abuse or neglect; research on the Irish bail supervision scheme; research on a combined trajectory of a shortened out-of-home placement and MST (ThuisBest); and research on risk factors of early closure of teams. The exact content of the workshop has yet to be confirmed.

MST-CAN only Workshops:

16. Upgrading your Motivational Interviewing skills: Developing the skills to focus on the process of change before we get to what the change will look like (MST-CAN)

Trainer: Martin Robinson

Motivational interviewing is a core technique heavily utilised within RBT. This workshop is aimed at those who want to delve deeper into the skills of clarifying clients strengths and aspirations, evoking their motivation for change, and promote autonomy of decision making. In this workshop you will practice the skills that support change in clients and assess your strengths and barriers in delivering these interventions.

17. Parenting Skills Too? Making it possible amidst an array of pressing needs (MST-CAN)

Trainers: Anne Edmondson

Have parenting skills sometimes taken a back seat to other caregiver needs?  Do you want to refresh your strategies to assess parental affective and instrumental skills?  In this workshop, we’ll also focus on eliminating barriers to implementing new parenting skills and on incorporating behavioural teaching methods into your work with families.


Register for the European MST Conference 2020

Contact: conference@mst-nederland.nl