Begun Center researcher wins annual award from MST Services

Renne Dragomir has been awarded the 2011 “Whatever It Takes” award from MST Services, an organization focused on implementing Multisystemic Therapy (MST) to improve the lives of troubled youth and the lives of their families. Dragomir is a research associate in the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education.

Multisystemic therapy is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on chronic and violent juvenile offenders, as well as their homes, families, schools, teachers, neighborhoods and friends. Dragomir, who was the only winner in the category of “MST Expert,” was one of seven nominees to be considered for the annual award, which is given to someone in the MST community who has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service. It is presented to individuals, families, programs or organizations that have demonstrated creative thinking and dedication to do “whatever it takes” to accomplish positive outcomes for youth and their families undergoing MST.

“While we see that every day in her work, it is wonderful that it is recognized by others,” said Patrick Kanary, director for the Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center. “We are incredibly proud and feel fortunate to have her on our team.”

A committee of senior staff members at MST independently ranked the nominees and selected the winners. Nominations came from MST sites and staff members from across the globe.