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.

FAMILY CONNECTIONS (FC)

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 home-based family interventions, individual and family counseling, service coordination referrals targeted towards risk and protective factors, and multi-family supportive recreational activities. The FC team provides assessment, case management, medication support, parenting education and advocacy.

CHILD PARENT PSYCHOTHERAPY (CPP)

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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 home-based family interventions, individual and family counseling, service coordination referrals targeted towards risk and protective factors, and multi-family supportive recreational activities. The FC team provides assessment, case management, medication support, parenting education and advocacy.

INDIVIDUAL COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (Ind. CBT)

For TAY (18-25), adults and Older Adults.  This is an intervention for those who are at-risk for symptoms related to anxiety, depression and the effects of trauma. Ind. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors while improving emotional regulation and the development of coping strategies.

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).

REFLECTIVE PARENTING PROGRAM (RPP)

For parents of 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.  The goal is help the parents/caregivers build strong healthy bonds with their children.

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NURTURING PARENTING PROGRAM (NPP)

For children ages 0 to 18. NPP is a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive parenting practices. The long term goals are to prevent negative parenting cycles by teaching positive parenting behaviors.

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 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.