Brief Strategic Family Therapy® is one of 16 evidence-based practices currently being reviewed by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse as a mental health, substance abuse, and in-home parent skills-based intervention that could potentially be IV-E funded under the Family First Act.
Date: February 4, 2020
Time: 1–3 p.m. EST
Brief Strategic Family Therapy® is designed with two goals in mind:
- Prevent, reduce, and/or treat youth behavior problems
- Improve family functioning, including effective parental leadership and involvement with the youth (improve youth’s behavior by improving family relationships)
The BSFT® Program targets children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 who are displaying or are at risk for developing behavior problems, including substance abuse, conduct problems and delinquency. The BSFT® Program has been implemented as a prevention, early intervention and intervention strategy for delinquent and substance-abusing adolescents.
The BSFT® Program is typically delivered in 12 to 16 family sessions, depending on the severity of the communication and management problems within the family. Sessions are conducted at locations that are convenient to the family, including the family’s home in some cases. The BSFT® Program has been implemented with Hispanic, African-American and white families.