Multidimensional Family Therapy

An intensive home based program servicing families in their communities

MDFT is effective in helping  youth ages 9-18 who struggle with substance abuse, are at risk for substance abuse or who have other delinquent conduct, including disrespect, disobedience, aggressive behavior, or  school problems.

Youth and their parents receive therapeutic  sessions in the home, clinic and other community locations if necessary.

What makes MDFT work?

MDFT focuses on all of the areas and relationships that shape a young person’s life:

  • Family
  • Neighborhood and community networks
  • Peers
  • School performance

By concentrating on these areas of concern, families are given the guidance to eliminate drug use and strengthen relationships. 

Family members and the therapist, design a program collaboratively to meet specific goals and needs of the client. This format creates a productive therapeutic relationship and creates real opportunities for change.
What can I expect from my MDFT therapist?

The MDFT program provides a combination of the following services to youth and families based on their unique strengths and needs:

  • Family therapy
  • Individual sessions with youth
  • Individual sessions with parents
  • Interventions with other family members
  • Chemical dependency assessment and
  • Treatment
  • Weekly drug test screenings
  • Integrated case management services
  • Psycho-educational programs
  • Evaluation of the youth’s peer network
  • Consultation with schools
  • Coordinating activities with school systems, courts, and/or other social service agencies
  • Job skills and vocational training
  • Individualized case management

 

Therapists are fully trained in the MDFT model and work in teams to ensure families have access to supports whenever needed.

  • Working together as a family gave us the opportunity to make changes that made all of our lives better.

What does MDFT do?

Help families improve their relationships and assists the youth and their families make healthier choices.

Understand the youth’s difficulties and the factors which contribute to them

Increase parental commitment and empower parents to address the needs of the youth more effectively through improved parental skills, and the parent’s and youth’s ability and motivation to understand one another

Establish interdependence among family members

Promote a healthy self-image in parents and youth

Create positive peer relations and improved school involvement to achieve long-term change that they can maintain after the program

Reduce the possibility of an out of home placement

The Facts

MDFT is effective in helping youth ages 9-18 who struggle with substance abuse, are at risk for substance abuse or who have other delinquent conduct, including disrespect, disobedience, aggressive behavior, or school problems. MDFT focuses on all of the areas and relationships that shape a young person’s life.

Family members and the therapist, design a program collaboratively to meet specific goals and needs of the client. This format creates a productive therapeutic relationship and creates real opportunities for change.Therapists are fully trained in the MDFT model and work in teams to ensure families have access to supports whenever needed.