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Evidence-Based Practices

At Youth Villages, we believe we can serve troubled youth and their families best through evidence-based practices, treatment models that have undergone rigorous scientific evaluation and have proven, effective results. Here are brief descriptions of some of those practices:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a treatment approach for youth with multiple referral issues. Its elements include: psychoeducation, relaxation, affective expression, cognitive coping, cognitive processing, behavioral therapy, and skills-building. Youth Villages practices CBT in all of our programs.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is a treatment model for youth with trauma and related symptoms. This therapy is used to reduce symptoms related to trauma in the child using primarily cognitive-behavioral interventions. Youth Villages practices TF-CBT in all residential programs. In some locations, TF-CBT is available for intensive-in-home services, foster care and YVLifeSet.

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)
A-CRA is a treatment model youth with alcohol and substance abuse issues. The treatment goal is to promote abstinence from substance use and encourage positive social activities. Youth Villages practices A-CRA at our residential campuses in Massachusetts and Tennessee. It is also available for youth in our intensive-in-home services, foster care and YVLifeSet in select locations.

Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
ART is group intervention for aggressive youth. It is practiced in select Youth Villages residential programs in Georgia and Tennessee.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an approach used in the milieu as well as group, individual and family therapy. Youth Villages practices DBT at our residential campus in Georgia. DBT skill groups are held on other residential campuses as indicated.

Seven Challenges
Seven Challenges is individual therapy for substance abuse. Youth Villages practices Seven Challenges exclusively at our residential campus in Georgia.

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
CPP is family therapy for parents with children younger than four years old. Youth Villages practices CPP as part of intensive in-home programs in some select areas.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
MST has been demonstrated to be successful in helping young people age 12 to 17 who display serious antisocial behaviors and are at-risk of placement out of the home due to their behaviors. Youth Villages practices MST in North Carolina and Washington, D.C.

Preparing Adolescents for Adulthood (PAYA)
PAYA is comprised of individual interventions designed to teach independent living by focusing on money management, personal care, education, job seeking skills, housing, transportation, and parenting. Used in all Youth Villages programs, PAYA plays an essential role in our YVLifeSet program.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is an approach used to work with someone who might not present as prepared to change his or her behavior. Youth Villages staff are trained to use motivational interviewing in their work with children and families.

About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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