Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care Program (PR-TFC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth who are 12-18 years old with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. These youth are in need of out-of-home placement and could not be adequately served in lower levels of care.

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 18

Brief Description

The PR-TFC program is a program designed to provide intensive, effective, and short-term treatment to youth with emotional and behavior problems in a home environment with the foster parent as the primary agent of change. The model uses treatment foster parents who are given advanced clinical and technical training and support in order to best serve the youth placed in their home. Within the family setting, the treatment approach used by the program is behavioral, based upon measurable treatment goals which are monitored frequently. Treatment is guided by a treatment plan implemented by the treatment parents and consists of a set of specific goals which are tailored to each individual youth’s needs and problems. Three basic tenets underlie the PR-TFC model: 1) youth’s troubled behavior can change, 2) foster parents can learn to change youth’s behavior, and 3) treatment is teaching skills for effective living.

Program Goals:

The goals of Pressley Ridge Treatment Foster Care Program (PR-TFC) are to:

  • Assist the youth to obtain permanency primarily by returning the youth to his/her family of origin.
  • Assist the youth in developing effective skills for living (communication, conflict resolution, coping skills, peer relationships, etc.).
  • Assist the youth in managing his/her life in the present and future (preparing for independent living, managing daily stressors, etc.).
  • Assist the youth in making positive changes towards his/her targeted goals.

Contact Information

Amy Strickler, PhD
Title: Interim Director
Agency/Affiliation: Pressley Ridge
Phone: (412) 266-4681

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: June 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2013