Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an Evidenced-Based program that has been specifically designed to support change within vulnerable families who have come to the attention of child protection services.

MST-CAN is a home-based intervention that is delivered at times that are convenient to the family. It is an intensive program, typically 3-4 sessions per week over a period of 6 - 9 months. The team also provide on call support after hours and weekends.   All members of the family are involved in the treatment. Common treatment strategies include safety planning, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies for managing anger and addressing the impact of trauma, Reinforcement-Based Therapy for adult substance misuse, family therapy focused on communication and problem solving.

The goal of MST-CAN is to keep families together, assure the safety of children, prevent abuse and neglect, reduce mental health difficulties experienced by adults and children, and increase families social supports.

Wandiyali is the Lead Agency in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area providing services to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous families.  The team consists of a Clinical Supervisor, 3 Clinicians, a Crisis Caseworker and a part-time Psychiatrist.

To be eligible for MST-CAN, families must have a child aged between 6 – 17 years and had recent contact with the child protection system for issues of physical abuse and/or neglect. 

Contact Person
Kirsty Stretton
(02) 4957 5900
116 Lake Road
Elermore Vale NSW 2287