Touchstone’s Blueprints Model Programs for Youth and Families are three distinct evidence-based family therapy approaches: Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), and Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB). Functional Family Therapy and Multisystemic Therapy work to address at-risk youth behaviors such as substance use, truancy, legal involvement, and family conflict. Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behaviors is designed to take a family approach to treating youth who have engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviors toward others.
All three programs have met the high standards of research outcomes set by “Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development”. These programs are designed to reduce risk factors for future acting-out behaviors and increase families’ effective relationships, coping skills, communication skills, empowerment, and safety.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidenced-based family therapy program designed for youth from ages 11 through 17 that have behavioral and conduct problems. FFT engages the family to change through multiple interventions which include a relational and strength based focus. The cognitive and behavioral component is integrated into systemic skill training in family communications, parenting and conflict management skills. Our Service delivery takes place in the home or community. Some of our FFT therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.
Our Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program is an intensive evidence-based family therapy program that has been proven effective in treating youth with serious acting out behaviors from ages 11 through 17. MST helps empower parents with skills and resources needed to independently address the challenging behaviors of the youth. MST views individuals as part of a complex network that includes the family and community. MST strives to promote behavior change in the youth’s natural environment using the strengths of each system. Our service delivery takes place in the home or community. Some of our MST therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.
Multisystemic Therapy for Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB) is clinically adapted from the MST model to address youth from ages 10 through 17 who have problematic sexual behaviors. MST-PSB relies heavily on family therapy as a mechanism of change for the youth and family and draws on models of parent training, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and social skills building. Ensuring that client, victim, and community safety is the paramount mission of the model. Service delivery takes place in the home or community. Some of our MST-PSB therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.