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Evidence-Based Practices

Proven practices we employ

WYS offers several Evidence-Based practices, which are scientifically proven to help children, youth, and families build resilience. Our programs are outlined below.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT helps improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and interaction patterns. Children who exhibit challenging and disruptive behaviors benefit the most from this practice. It is effective because parents and caregivers receive real-time coaching from a clinician who gives feedback during the session. This allows them to immediately transform the way they interact with their children creating a better, more trusting relationship. Since 2008, WYS has offered PCIT for children ages 2 to 7 years and operates eight PCIT-equipped rooms throughout Orange County. PCIT is provided in all of our outpatient clinics.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a well-established, family therapy intervention method used to address violent, criminal, behavioral, school and conduct problems among youth between 11 and 18 years of age. Treatment usually spans 8 to 12 one-hour sessions for mild cases and up to 30 hours for more difficult situations. WYS has used FFT for the past 6 years as the treatment of choice for teens who are acting out. FFT is provided in all of our outpatient clinics.

Incredible Years® (IY)

Incredible Years® (IY) is a group program for parents and caregivers to reduce challenging behaviors in children and increase their social-emotional learning and self-control skills. Parents and caregivers with children 6 to 12 years of age attend a series of group meetings for 11 weeks. WYS has offered IY groups since 2010 and holds clinics two to three times annually.

Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma for Children (ITCT-C) and Adolescents (ITCT-A)

Integrative Treatment for Complex Trauma for Children (ITCT-C) and Adolescents (ITCT-A) is a treatment method for youth and young adults between 8 and 20 years of age who have experienced ongoing abuse and neglect, especially at the hands of their caretakers. It’s focused on re-establishing a sense of safety within one’s body and environment to help clients gain self-regulation skills, form healthy attachments and combat developmental challenges. Introduced in 2011, WYS delivers ITCT programs in individual, group and family formats.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is a treatment for youth ages 4 to 18 who have experienced trauma. They learn skill components geared toward decreasing anxiety, self-blame and automatic responses while increasing relaxation, self-regulation and self-control in response to difficult or triggering situations. We’ve deployed TFCBT in individual, group and family formats since 2012.

Maudsley Method for Eating Disorders (MM)

Maudsley Method for Eating Disorders (MM) is a structured, phase-based method of re-engaging families to aid clients with serious eating disorders. Our goal is to help teens and young adults with anorexia and bulimia regain weight by eating appropriate foods and amounts while managing their anxiety and behavior. Our trained, professional staff coordinates care with all providers, including physicians, to assist the client to regain physical and emotional health. WYS began using this method in 2013.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of interacting with clients to motivate them to change destructive behaviors. This method reinforces “change talk,” or an individual’s own reasons for seeking change. Such statements, direct or indirect, show clients are resolving their sense of ambivalence toward harmful behavior in favor of changes. MI is especially effective with clients who are resistant or doubtful of their likely success in treatment because of substance abuse problems or other long-standing barriers. We use MI with clients 13 years of age and older and their families. Since 2014, WYS has trained the majority of our clinical staff to use MI successfully.

“Unstuck and on Target”

“Unstuck and on Target” is an evidence-based practice for youth with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We are currently training WYS clinicians how to use this method. Beginning in 2015, WYS will deliver this group treatment to youth between the ages of 10 and 18 who have a PDD diagnosis currently or those with an ASD diagnosis in the future as this pattern of delayed development is redefined.