Multisystemic therapy (MST) is derived from the social–ecological theory (Henggeler et al., 1998), in which the risk and protective factors of the systems are identified by their contribution to at-risk behaviors (Schoenwald & Rowland, 2002). MST leaves a significant gap in the individual and family systems where an integration of MST and expressive arts can occur. This poster reviews the literature to provide justification of the integration, limitations, and practical examples of effective strategies.
The first objective of the poster will be to identify the gap within the individual and family system at which expressive arts integrates into the model. This integration follows the behavioral analysis, sequencing and fit circles to include expressive arts when working with at-risk adolescents and their families.
The second objective includes reviewing the literature that supports both Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and expressive arts; two mutually exclusive practices and how they potentially come together.
The final objective offers effective strategies and practical examples of techniques and interventions that can be used within the model. The poster will also identify and share experiences with those strategies.