Evidence-Based (Or Best / Promising) Practice Trainings, State Of Montana, Funded With Sustainability Funds (CMS)

Please contact the Children's Mental Health Bureau, 406-444-4545, for names of individuals who participated in the trainings; this does NOT mean the individual continued with all required activities for certification in the types of training provided. Confirmation of certification must be requested of the individual by interested parties.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training (TF-CBT): Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement. The treatment model is designed to be delivered by trained therapists who initially provide parallel individual sessions with children and their parents (or guardians), with conjoint parent-child sessions increasingly incorporated over the course of treatment.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT): Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a treatment program for young children with conduct disorders that place emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT was developed for children ages 2-7 years with externalizing behavior disorders. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish or strengthen a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while encouraging prosocial behavior and discouraging negative behavior. This treatment has two phases, each focusing on a different parent-child interaction: child-directed interaction (CDI) and parent-directed interaction (PDI).

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): Licensure Not Required

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence-based system that is used world-wide by people who are dealing with mental health challenges as well as medical conditions such as diabetes, weight gain and pain management, and life issues like addictions, smoking, and trauma. It can also be used as a framework to guide interpersonal relationships in peer support, recovery groups, agencies, and organizations. WRAP is being used in many different places including schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans’ facilities, and with children, transition age youth, seniors, and anyone who wants to attain the highest possible level of wellness. It was developed by a group of people who have a lived experience of mental health difficulties; people who were searching for ways to resolve issues that had been troubling them for a long time. WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your Wellness Tools, and then using those resources to develop Action Plans to use in specific situations which are determined by you. WRAP is adaptable to any situation. WRAP also includes a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive.

Theraplay: Licensed Mental Health Professionals

Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun. Theraplay interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships: Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge. Theraplay sessions create an active, emotional connection between the child and parent or caregiver, resulting in a changed view of the self as worthy and lovable and of relationships as positive and rewarding.
In treatment, the Theraplay therapist guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child’s behavior and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for, connected and worthy.
We call this “building relationships from the inside out.