Evidence-Based Practices

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of psychiatric crisis and hospitalization and involvement in the criminal justice system. ACT is a multidisciplinary team approach with assertive outreach in the community. The consistent, caring, person-centered relationships have a positive effect upon outcomes and quality of life.

Behavioral Activation

Behavioral activation is a practice which assists individuals to gradually decrease their avoidance and isolation and increase their engagement in activities that have been shown to improve mood.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching individuals skills to modify thinking and behavior. CBT is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that has been effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD that have developed after experiencing a variety of traumatic events. Treatment begins with psycho-education regarding PTSD, thoughts, and emotions.

Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance movement therapy is the relational and therapeutic use of dance and movement to further the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and cultural functioning of a person. Dance movement therapy is based on the empirically supported unity of body and mind. It recognizes that change and growth in one supports change and growth in the other.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy in which the main goals are to teach individuals how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. The focus of the therapy is on mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation.

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

The Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy. It combines systems thinking with the view that mind is made up of relatively discrete sub personalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities. Internal Family Systems uses family systems theory to understand how these collections of sub personalities are organized.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

Mindfulness Based CBT

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.

Play Therapy – various modalities

Play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help individuals explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play.

Problem Solving Therapy (PST)

Problem-solving therapy refers to a psychological treatment that helps to teach individuals to effectively manage the negative effects of stressful events that can occur in life.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® joins somatic therapy and psychotherapy into a comprehensive method for healing this disconnection between body and mind. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® draws from somatic therapies, neuroscience, attachment theory, and cognitive approaches, as well as from the Hakomi Method.

Social Narratives

Social narratives describe social situations by highlighting relevant cues and offering examples of appropriate responding. Social narratives are individualized according to individual needs and typically are quite short, perhaps including pictures or other visual aids.

Social Skills Training

Social skills training include group or individual instruction designed to teach individuals ways to appropriately interact with peers and adults. Social skill training includes instruction on basic concepts, role-playing or practice, and feedback to help individuals acquire and practice communication, play, or social skills to promote positive interactions.

Trauma Focus- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a treatment for individuals impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.

Video Modeling

Video modeling is a visual model of the targeted behavior or skill, provided via video recording and display equipment to assist learning in or engaging in a desired behavior or skill.

Visual Supports

Visual supports are any visual display that supports the individual engaging in a desired behavior or skills independent of prompts. Examples of visual supports include pictures, written words, objects within the environment, arrangement of the environment or visual boundaries, schedules, maps, labels, organization systems, and timelines.