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Nonviolent resistance to support professional practices with foster families, families and schools

Target group: Professionals who work with foster families, although the approach is also applicable for professionals who work with families in general, schools and the broader society.

Objectives: The nonviolent resistance (NVR) approach has been adapted to help foster parents, parents, and teachers cope with violent, self-destructive and other forms of disruptive behaviour in children and adolescents. (more…)

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Target group: Youth between the ages of 11-19


  1. Treatment Engagement and Completion – Treatment dropout remains a challenge for many adolescent treatment programs. MDFT engages young people and their families and motivates them to enter and complete treatment.
  2. Family Functioning – MDFT enhances family functioning by avoiding fault finding and accessing the natural healing power of families in individual and family sessions at home, in the clinic, community, and at school.
  3. Substance Abuse – MDFT uses several methods, including adolescent-focused individual sessions and drug testing, to focus on the youth’s drug use and dependence. Teen drug abuse treatment is more effective when it is built on strong evidence, is family-oriented, developmentally appropriate, and delivered by qualified healthcare professionals.
  4. School Performance – Parents and youths are coached about how to re-establish contact with school personnel and have productive meetings at school that focus on de-escalating conflict, action plans, next steps, and getting to positive outcomes in behaviour and academic work. MDFT therapists develop an ongoing relationship with schools to troubleshoot problems and readjust interventions as needed.
  5. Criminal and Delinquent Behaviour – MDFT promotes prosocial alternatives to delinquent behaviour and works with members of the juvenile justice system to advocate for the teen and coordinate interventions.
  6. Family Stability – MDFT works to keep adolescents in the home and out of placements by strengthening parent-child relationships and developing new ways of resolving family problems.
  7. Mental Health Symptoms – MDFT reduces stress, depression, and anxiety by teaching adolescents new skills and helping them see life in a new perspective with a fresh set of eyes.[1]