For a one-page overview of the ESFT clinical model, click here. The goals of the FBMHS program include: 1) reducing the referred child’s symptoms and safety concerns, 2) reducing the risk of psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement, and 3) improving the child’s capacity to handle the normal demands of home, school, and the peer community. A unique feature of the FBMHS program is that families are viewed as capable of being the solution to children’s problems. Families are more than just an element of the crisis that so often envelops these children and their families. The training offered through the Center for Family Based Training builds the clinical skills critical for helping therapists to intervene effectively in the family, addressing parenting practices, intra-familial relationships, and family-community relationships.
The Center for Family Based Training currently hosts four regional training sites in Pennsylvania where therapists from contracted programs meet for ongoing training, either on-site or virtually. We provide a dual curriculum at these sites – one directed at supervisors (30 hours per year) and one directed at front-line therapists (85 hours per year). Supervision training is comprised of small group supervision-of-supervision, individual consultation, and access to online webinars that provide conceptual foundations. About 75% of therapists’ training involves case presentations, where videotaped treatment sessions are reviewed and discussed by faculty in collaboration with their FBMHS colleagues. We believe that this work is best learned through supported practice and feedback involving real clinical situations encountered on a daily basis. Therapists’ training also includes a conceptual component delivered through live workshops and on-demand online courses.