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Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse & Neglect (MST-CAN) offers an evidence-based treatment model of intensive therapeutic care that works on the understanding that it is best for your child to remain at home with your family if it is safe to do so.

We work with families whose children are aged between 6 and 17 years. We work with the Department of Communities & Justice (DCJ) to address any Risk of Significant Harm concerns that have been identified for the family.

Our team is made up of trained therapists who deliver supports to the whole family in the family home. We meet with families at least 3 times a week in their home for a duration of 6 – 9 months. We work with families to identify their goals and support them to achieve these. We focus on delivering trauma informed therapeutic treatment for the family unit as well as individual members within the family. We build on family strengths, help you develop your parenting skill and build capacity for problem solving, identify sustainable informal supports through extended family or community members, address the misuse of drugs and alcohol and any anger management concerns.

Whilst families are working with us, support is available 24/7 through our on-call service.

For more information:
P: 1800 324 924


Our MST-CAN program strives to keep families together by providing therapeutic supports as well as practical skills to all family members.

We work with families whose children are aged between 6 and 17 years.

We offer holistic supports for children, young people and families in their home and in their community.

Frequently asked questions

Can I refer a family to MST-CAN?

Referrals to MST-CAN are made via DCJ.  We are unable to accept direct referrals into the program from families or community members.

What geographical areas do you cover?

We provide supports to families that live on the Central Coast.

How long does the program last?

We provide support from 6 – 9 months depending on the needs of individual families.

How often does a family need to meet with you?

Families will need to meet with us 3 times per week in the initial stages and then in the step down process, the visits will be less frequent.

Are you able to provide brokerage for everyday items?

Limited brokerage will be accessed on a needs basis.

Are you able to transport us to and from school/appointments/shopping?

Transport is not our core work. We will assist you to utilise existing transporting options.