Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®)

Scientific Rating:
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) as listed below:

Sites that wish to offer the Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) Model are initially required to demonstrate readiness for integrating the program into their organization. To that end, a Site Readiness process is implemented prior to training. Agency supervisors, directors, and community stakeholders are involved in the pretraining Organizational Readiness process to provide formal support for implementation of BSFT. The objective is to acquaint this support staff with the essentials of how the model operates, inform them of the model's need for the agency to institute viability and sustainability drivers and help the agency to put those in place.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) as listed below:

Technical and clinical assistance is provided as needed throughout the implementation process and through the required Fidelity Monitoring program that follows Competency. The agency also develops its own Model Management and support capabilities by training Certified BSFT Supervisors and Trainers. Finally, Booster Sessions are offered when needed or requested by the agency. These are specifically designed for the particular agency's needs.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) as listed below:

The program representatives (contact information listed below) administer Standardized Fidelity Rating Instruments for both Competency and Adherence at various intervals of the BSFT® implementation. There is a formal required adherence/fidelity program provided to the BSFT®-competent Therapists via periodic adherence supervision sessions. Self-report checklists, trained observations, and video/audio recordings are included in the fidelity rating process.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) as listed below:

Extensive copyrighted PowerPoint presentation, copies of publications in scientific journals, handouts, and BSFT clinical recording forms that cover all aspects of the BSFT® model and its implementation requirements and which are provided to the agency staff as part of both the Organizational and clinical training workshops and are specific to their various roles as administrators and support staff or clinicians. These cover all aspects of both viability and sustainability drivers essential to implementation success.

The BSFT websites have important information on this subject:

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has been conducted on how to implement Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) as listed below:

Robbins, M. S., Feaster, D. J., Horigian, V. E., Puccinelli, M. J., Henderson, C., & Szapocznik, J. (2011). Therapist adherence in Brief Strategic Family Therapy for adolescent drug abusers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 43–53.