Holistic. Supportive. Effective. That's MDFT.

The challenges in treating youth problems are well-documented. But scientific breakthroughs within the evidence-based practice movement have created a new understanding and new treatments for these difficulties. Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) offers effective treatment solutions.

Studies indicate that available therapies for adolescents are missing the mark. Research strongly supports the need for available treatments to be developmentally-based, comprehensive, and to attend not only to individual youth and parent needs, but to family relationships as well.

Demonstrably comprehensive, Multidimensional Family Therapy is a multi-level approach. Therapists work with the individual adolescent, the parents, the entire family, and community influences in a coordinated way. Interventions are integrated within and across these four target areas.

MDFT research supports its efficacy, and the widespread adoption of MDFT demonstrates its feasibility. MDFT changes lives. It gives parents hope and tangible help, enables adolescents to create positive lifestyle alternatives, and inspires therapists from diverse clinical settings – substance abuse, juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare – all the while costing less than half of residential treatment.

Experts agree that adolescent treatment cannot simply be adult treatment modified for kids. The program should be developmentally appropriate for adolescents, designed sepcifically to address their needs. Programs should also actively engage the youth's family... the dominant force in the adolescent's life. 

From Drug Strategies (2003). Treating teens: A guide to adolescent drug programs. Washington, DC: Drug Strategies.


What are the advantages of training in MDFT?

What are the advantages of the MDFT clinical approach?