Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A Strengths-Based Common Factors Approach

Paperback | April 24, 2014

byJ. Scott Fraser, David Grove, Mo Yee Lee

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Funders of mental health services to youth and families have increasingly required providers to use treatments deemed to be "evidence-based." There are several evidence-based family treatment (EBFT) approaches found to be effective with the same types of presenting problems and populations.All of these EBFTs claim to be based on similar theoretical approaches and have specified treatment protocols that providers must follow to be faithful to the model. These EBFTS are expensive for agencies to establish and maintain. Many agencies that initially adopted one of these EBFTs laterde-adopted it because they could not sustain it when billing Medicaid is the only way to pay for such services. Meta-analyses of treatment outcome studies have found that various theoretical approaches to therapy are effective but no one approach is more effective than any other. What accounts forclient improvement is not the specific treatment approach but rather the factors they all have in common.To provide an effective, affordable, and flexible approach to family treatment the authors of this book developed and have conducted researched on an approach they call Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST). I-FAST is a meta-model organized around the common factors to family treatment.Such a model does not require practitioners to learn a completely new way to provide treatment but rather it builds on and incorporates the clinical strengths and skills they already possess. This book is a manual for how to faithfully and flexibly provide I-FAST. A manual for a meta-model totreatment based on the common factors has never been provided. This book provides clear guidelines illustrated by cases examples for not only how to provide I-FAST but also how to teach and supervise it as well as how to integrate I-FAST with the rest of an agency's services and programs.

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Funders of mental health services to youth and families have increasingly required providers to use treatments deemed to be "evidence-based." There are several evidence-based family treatment (EBFT) approaches found to be effective with the same types of presenting problems and populations.All of these EBFTs claim to be based on simila...

J. Scott Fraser, Ph.D., is Professor at the School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University. David Grove, MSW, LISW-S, is Co-Director of Family Therapy Institute of Columbus. Mo Yee Lee, Ph.D., is Professor at the College of Social Work, The Ohio State University. Gilbert J. Greene, Ph.D., LISW-S, IMFT, is Professor at the C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part One: I-FAST Foundations1. Integrated Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A Meta Model2. I-FAST: Integrative Families and Systems TreatmentPart Two: I-FAST Phases, Skills and Techniques3. Engaging4. Tracking Interactions5. Goal Development and Consensus6. Frames, Framing, and Reframing7. Initiating Change8. Building Resilience and Terminating/Stepping Down9. Some Final Thoughts on PracticePart Three: I-FAST Supervision, Agency Considerations, and Sustainability10. Teaching and Supervising I-FAST11. Fitting I-FAST and Agency Together: Creating Sustainability12. Research on Integrative Families and Systems TreatmentReferences