Our Intensive Family Services also are known as Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an integrated, comprehensive, family-centered treatment for teens and young adults. MDFT simultaneously addresses substance use, delinquency, antisocial and aggressive behaviors, mental health disorders, and school problems. It improves parental and family functioning and prevents out-of-home placement. MDFT has been researched in over ten studies. Since 2001, MDFT has been implemented in over 150 programs in North American and Europe.
MDFT has demonstrated strong and consistent outcomes in 9 randomized controlled trials, the most rigorous test of intervention effectiveness. These studies have been conducted with diverse populations and settings in the United States and Europe by the model developer as well as independent researchers. The level of proven effectiveness for MDFT is unsurpassed.
The principle treatment objectives of Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) are to eliminate substance abuse, crime, and delinquency, and to improve mental health, school, and family functioning. MDFT improves the adolescent’s coping, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, and enhances family functioning, a critical ingredient in positive youth development.
Proven effectiveness – MDFT has over 30 years of supporting research in U.S.-based and international studies presenting significant and consistent clinical outcomes across 10 separate studies.
Rewarding for clinicians – MDFT receives high satisfaction ratings from clinicians and agencies. 85% of MDFT clinicians report that MDFT training gave them skills to be more effective therapists.
Fits well into existing clinical settings – MDFT can be tailored to any program. It has been integrated into substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare sectors of care, and in outpatient, in-home, partial hospitalization, residential, drug court and detention/incarceration settings.
Learnable and sustainable – Since 2001, MDFT has been implemented in over 150 programs, 90% of which sustained for at least two years.
Lowers service costs – MDFT costs significantly less than standard outpatient treatment delivered across the U.S. and is a third of the cost of residential treatment. It also saves costs by preventing out-of- home placements and the costs to the juvenile justice system of re-arrests/incarcerations.
Lowers training and implementation cost – Initial training and ongoing implementation and fidelity services provided by MDFT International, Inc. is significantly lower than comparable programs.
Fosters agency autonomy – MDFT International, Inc. trains trainers in order to lower program costs, increase sustainability, and foster agency autonomy
Puts families first – MDFT International, Inc.-the organization that promotes, trains, and certifies clinicians in MDFT treatment-is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Providing the best possible treatment for youth and families is our only priority.
Improve self-awareness and enhance self-worth and confidence
Develop meaningful short-term and long-term life goals
Improve emotional regulation, coping, and problem-solving skills
Improve communication skills
Promote success in school/work
Promote pro-social peer relationships and activities
Reduce substance use, delinquency, and problem behaviors
Reduce and stabilize mental health symptoms
Strengthen parental teamwork
Improve parenting skills and practices
Enhance parents' individual functioning
Improve family communication and problem-solving skills
Strengthen emotional attachment and connection among family members
Improve everyday functioning and organization of the family unit
Improve family members' relationships with social systems such as school, court, legal system, workplace, and neighborhood
Build families' capacity to access and utilize needed resources
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