Research and Publications

Through a randomized effectiveness trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, MST-CAN was compared to enhanced outpatient therapy. The known benefits of MST-CAN include:


  • Reductions in internalizing problems such as anxiety, dissociation, and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms
  • Fewer out-of-home placements
  • Fewer changes in placements for those who had to be placed


  • Greater reductions in psychological distress
  • Greater increases in natural social supports
  • Greater treatment satisfaction


  • More likely to use non-violent discipline
  • Greater reductions in:
    • Neglectful parenting
    • Minor and severe assault of the child
    • Psychological aggression