EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (EBP)
PACS uses evidence-based practice (EBP) as part of its treatment modalities and many of its clinicians are trained in more than one EBP. Increasingly the trend in public mental health is towards the use of these tested practices with measurable outcomes.
Here is a list of our current EBPs:
CARING FOR OUR FAMILIES (CFOF)
For children ages 0 to 18. This community defined evidence model helps families meet the basic needs of their children and reduces the risk of child neglect. The core components include concrete services, home-based family interventions, individual and family counseling, service coordination referrals targeted towards risk and protective factors, and multi-family supportive recreational activities. The CFOF team provides assessment, case management, medication support, parenting education and advocacy. It is a weekly program that lasts about six months.
CHILD PARENT PSYCHOTHERAPY (CPP)
For children ages 0 to 6. CPP uses a dyadic treatment approach that is designed to restore the child-parent relationship. It works to improve the child’s mental health and developmental progress that has been damaged by the experience of domestic violence. It is an early intervention for children who may be at risk for acting-out and experiencing symptoms of depression and trauma. It is a weekly program that lasts about 50 weeks.
INDIVIDUAL COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (Ind. CBT)
For TAY (18-25), adults and Older Adults. This is an early intervention for those who are or at-risk for symptoms related to early onset of anxiety, depression and the effects of trauma. There are wide range of treatment strategies including psycho-education, contingency management, cognitive modification, acceptance, etc. It is a weekly program that lasts up to a maximum of 52 sessions.
MANAGING AND ADAPTING PRACTICES (MAP)
For children ages 2 to 19. The MAP system is designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and outcomes of children’s mental health services by giving the mental health workers easy access to the most current scientific information and by providing user-friendly monitoring tools and clinical protocols. Using an online database, the system can suggest formal evidence-based programs that can provide detailed recommendations about discrete components of evidence-based treatments relevant to a specific child’s characteristics.
MAP has proved successful with children and adults who have significant emotional problems (e.g., symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, disruptive behavior or depression). The treatment is usually about one year in duration.
PARENT CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY (PCIT)
For children ages 2 to 5. This is a step by step, live coached session with parent/caregiver and child. Using a transmitter and receiver system, the “parent” is coached by a trained therapist as he/she interacts in play with the child. Parents learn skills to help manage behavioral problems and the work emphasizes changing negative parent-child patterns as they are identified in the moment. The weekly treatment with homework averages 16 to 24 sessions.
REFLECTIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (RPP)
For children ages 2 to 5 and 6 to 12. This is a workshop that engages parents/caregivers in experiential learning with instruction, discussions and exercises to involve participants in key topics such as responding to a child’s distress, how to discipline, ways to manage a child’s anger, recognizing temperament differences and how to engage in caring play with the child. One major goal is help the parents/caregivers build strong healthy bonds with their children. The program is weekly for ten weeks.
SEEKING SAFETY (SS)
For children age 13 or older and adults who have experienced trauma recently or in the past such as abuse, domestic violence, or loss of a loved one. This early intervention develops coping skills by focusing on ways the client can reach safety in the present through changes in their relationships, thinking, behavior and emotions.
TRAUMA FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TF-CBT)
For children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. Children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication. The treatment is designed to be short-term, typically lasting 12 to 16 weekly sessions.