Setting the Stage for Change: In-Home Family Based Treatment

By C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D.

This edition of the book is available for purchase on (click here). The revised and updated version will be available in the fall of 2018. Purchasing will be available from this page.

C. Wayne Jones, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. He is the founder and director of the Center for Family Based Training. Dr. Jones has been designing curricula and providing training to Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health Service programs since it was first launched more than 20 years ago.


“In-home therapy with children, adolescents, and their families offers both unequal opportunities and daunting challenges. Dr. Jones has succeeded in distilling his years of experience as a therapist and teacher into a coherent and richly detailed roadmap to help therapists organize and respond effectively to the otherwise overwhelming reality of families in crisis. The guidelines offered in this book for setting up a workable context to create effective change are grounded in a solid integrative conceptualization and clearly translated into concrete interventions — all while avoiding the pitfall of straight-jacketing therapists into mechanical ‘paint by numbers’ recipes. Therapists, supervisors, and trainers involved in any type of family based work will welcome this treatment manual that provides them with a solidly articulated frame of reference within which to exercise their clinical judgment.”

—Jorge Colapinto, LMFT,
Minuchin Center for the Family

“This is a wonderful, well thought-out treatment manual for family based therapists, supervisors, and program directors. As I was reading it, I found myself thinking what a valuable compilation of key touchstones and tools this is for anyone working with high-risk children and their families in the home and community… The book operationalizes the core tenet of the Family Based Mental Health Services initiative, which suggests that with skillful support, families are capable of being the solution to their children’s problems… Dr. Jones has taken dynamic and systemic concepts and married them to an array of extraordinarily pragmatic and well-tested interventions that can and should be applied again and again. This book presents treatment providers with a method for becoming craftsmen — combining the knowledge, skill, intuition, and passion needed to see through temporary chaos and find strengths to help children and families discover a pathway to recovery.”

— Connell O’Brien, MSW, Policy Specialist,
Pennsylvania Community Providers Association (PCPA)

“This much-needed treatment manual is by far the most valuable resource for practitioners and supervisors I have seen during my 15 years of working in Pennsylvania’s Family Based Mental Health Services Program… Dr. Jones has provided us with a clearly defined clinical model to guide us in helping children who have complex and severe emotional problems, and their multi-stressed families. The book is engaging, well-organized, and full of useful case examples. Anyone who has had the pleasure of attending Dr. Jones’s trainings will immediately recognize in these pages his ability to synthesize a vast amount of information simply and practically… I believe this manual holds considerable promise in shaping the future of Family Based Services by setting standards that enhance the quality and consistency with which treatment is provided.”

— Jerryl Miller, MA, Level of Care Director,
Family Based Services, Philhaven