Evidence Based Models

Evidence based models are programmes which have high quality research demonstrating that the intervention is effective for the intended client group. They are characterised by a clearly articulated theory, comprehensive staff training manuals, model adherence measures and on-going quality assurance systems.

Our Evidence based programmes are listed below: 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a short-term individual intervention that aims to support children and young people with a range of behavioural and/or emotional difficulties. It is based on the idea that our thoughts affect our emotions and behaviours, with the aim to assist children and young people to self-regulate. We work with children ages  6-18 years old and they are typically seen weekly for up to 16 weeks.

Triple P (The Positive Parenting Programme)

Level 4 Triple P is an education-based parenting intervention designed to reduce behavioural and emotional difficulties in children and young people. It does this by working to increase parental competence and self-regulation, reduce parents’ use of coercive and punitive methods of discipline, improve communication and reduce parental stress. The intervention is typically delivered in-home on a weekly basis, for approximately 10 sessions.

For more information visit www.triplep.net

Incredible Years

  • Parents and children learn strategies with and from other parents in a group

For more information visit www.incredibleyears.com

Teaching Family Model

  • Residential home parents and frontline staff are trained to work with young people using behaviour modification at a cognitive level.
  • It is an individualised programme, based on improving the young person’s skills in areas such as daily living, building healthy relationships and problem solving.
  • It is designed to equip young people with the skills they need to be successful at school and in the community, to reach their potential and be able to live in a less restrictive environment.
  • The aim is to return the young person to his or her family/whanau or suitable carers at the end of the programme and to support the transition.

Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST)

  • MST is an intensive family and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behaviour in young offenders. 
  • Treatment duration is 3-5 months and takes place within the home in which the young person is currently living. 
  • The MST approach views individuals as being nested within a complex network of interconnected systems that encompass individual, family/whanau, and peer, school and neighbourhood factors. Intervention may be necessary in any one or a combination of these systems. 
  • MST strives to promote behaviour change in the youth’s natural environment, using existing strengths within each system (e.g., family, peers, school, neighbourhood, informal support network) to facilitate change. 
  • The ultimate goal of MST is to provide parents with the skills and resources needed to independently address the difficulties that arise in raising teenagers and to empower youth to cope with family, peer, school and neighbourhood problems. 
  • MST also aims to reduce the frequency, severity and intensity of referral behaviours, namely violence, criminal offending and alcohol and drug abuse, and to reduce the need for out-of-home placements. 

For more information please visit www.mstservices.com or refer to the book Multisystemic Treatment of Antisocial Behaviour in Children and Adolescents by Scott Henggeler, Sonja Schoenwald, Charles Bourduin, Melisa Rowland and Phillippe Cunningham (1998).

Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)

  • TFCO is a wrap-around evidence-based and strengths-based programme of 6 to 12 months duration.
  • Aimed at adolescents aged 12-16 years old with antisocial behaviour difficulties whose needs cannot be adequately met by regular services.
  • A cost-effective alternative to foster care, group or residential treatment or incarceration for youth who have problems with chronic disruptive behaviour.
  • Operates a point and level system incorporating a high degree of reinforcement to help shape behaviour.
  • A family/whanau model with the emphasis on successful reintegration.

Functional Family Therapy

  • Operates within the family home for 2-5 months.
  • Supports the family system to function effectively.
  • Focus is on family strengths.
  • Empowers families to resolve issues on their own.
  • Key goal is to ensure the young person stays within the family home.