Evidence-Based Practices

At National Counseling Group, we believe in using the most effective practices to help our clients.  

What are evidence-based practices?

Evidence-based practices (EBPs) are techniques that have been put through rigorous testing to ensure the therapy is effective.   By using a variety of EBPs, our therapists can tailor treatment strategies for each client. 

Click on the EPBs below for more information about each therapy and how we use it.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Family Functional Therapy (FFT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

What is MST?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is a unique, goal-oriented and comprehensive treatment program designed to serve 11- to 17-year-old, multi-problem youth in their community at risk of escalating to a higher level of care due to disruptive behaviors and/or substance use.  MST focuses on “empowering” caregivers (parents/guardians) to solve problems while emphasizing long-term change that families can maintain after the program.

Who benefits most from MST?

MST is designed for children ages 11 to 17 who display or are reported to engage in negative behaviors. Our program can help with:

  • Substance (drug/alcohol) use

  • Truancy and academic problems

  • Criminal behavior

  • Serious disrespect and disobedience

  • Aggressive behavior (fighting, property destruction, etc.)

  • Runaways

Family Functional Therapy (FFT)

What is FFT?

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a highly successful, traumainformed, and evidence-based family therapy model for at-risk youth, ages 11 to 18.  FFT helps youth reduce disruptive and/or substance using behaviors, establish more

pro-social and functional behaviors, and stay in school.

Who benefits most from FFT?

FFT is designed for at-risk youth, ages 11-18, who have been referred for behavioral, emotional, and/or substance using problems.  FFT has shown lasting improvements in:

  • Behavior and mental health

  • Family conflict and functionality

  • Out-of-home placements

  • Substance use

  • School drop-out rates

  • Sibling disruptive behaviors

  • Criminal recidivism

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