A Story of Hope
A youth was pending release from juvenile detention for the second time in a year after continually using drugs, running away from home, and skipping school. Juvenile probation, children and youth, and her parents all expressed concern and doubt about her ability to succeed within the community upon release. But once released and recommended for MST, our therapist quickly began to instill new hope with the youth’s family.
The therapist began by contacting the family daily, sometimes multiple times a day between face-to-face sessions, to provide support and reinforce the family’s efforts. They assisted the family in developing and maintaining appropriate supervision, expectations, rewards, and consequences for the youth to attend school, pass drug tests, and spend time with positive, parent-approved peers. They provided further support by sharing these interventions with probation and getting their perspective and input.
After twelve full weeks of this intensive process, the youth and her family had made remarkable, sustainable changes. She had obtained part-time employment, regularly participated in programs at a local YMCA, and had gotten through at least seven consecutive weeks without engaging in truancy, running away from home, or abusing substances. She and her parents expressed not only their thankfulness for the MST program but also their renewed hope and anticipation for her future success.