Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (i-FAST): A Strengths-based Common Factors Approach

ISBN : 9780199368969

J. Scott Fraser; David Grove; Mo Yee Lee; Gilbert J. Greene; Andy Solovey
264 Pages
217 x 279 mm
Pub date
May 2014
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Funders of mental health services to youth and families have increasingly required providers to use treatments deemed to be "evidence-based." There are several evidence-based family treatment (EBFT) approaches found to be effective with the same types of presenting problems and populations. All of these EBFTs claim to be based on similar theoretical approaches and have specified treatment protocols that providers must follow to be faithful to the model. These EBFTS are expensive for agencies to establish and maintain. Many agencies that initially adopted one of these EBFTs later de-adopted it because they could not sustain it when billing Medicaid is the only way to pay for such services. Meta-analyses of treatment outcome studies have found that various theoretical approaches to therapy are effective but no one approach is more effective than any other. What accounts for client improvement is not the specific treatment approach but rather the factors they all have in common. To provide an effective, affordable, and flexible approach to family treatment the authors of this book developed and have conducted researched on an approach they call Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST). I-FAST is a meta-model organized around the common factors to family treatment. Such a model does not require practitioners to learn a completely new way to provide treatment but rather it builds on and incorporates the clinical strengths and skills they already possess. This book is a manual for how to faithfully and flexibly provide I-FAST. A manual for a meta-model to treatment based on the common factors has never been provided. This book provides clear guidelines illustrated by cases examples for not only how to provide I-FAST but also how to teach and supervise it as well as how to integrate I-FAST with the rest of an agency's services and programs.


Part One: I-FAST Foundations
Chapter 1: Integrated Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A Meta Model
Chapter 2: I-FAST: Integrative Families and Systems Treatment
Part Two: I-FAST Phases, Skills and Techniques
Chapter 3: Engaging
Chapter 4: Tracking Interactions
Chapter 5: Goal Development and Consensus
Chapter 6: Frames, Framing, and Reframing
Chapter 7: Initiating Change
Chapter 8: Building Resilience and Terminating/Stepping Down
Chapter 9: Some Final Thoughts on Practice
Part Three: I-FAST Supervision, Agency Considerations, and Sustainability
Chapter 10: Teaching and Supervising I-FAST
Chapter 11: Fitting I-FAST and Agency Together: Creating Sustainability
Chapter 12: Research on Integrative Families and Systems Treatment

About the author: 

J. Scott Fraser, Ph.D., Professor, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State UniversityDavid Grove, MSW, LISW-S, Co-Director of Family Therapy Institute of ColumbusMo Yee Lee, Ph.D., Professor, College of Social Work, The Ohio State UniversityGilbert J. Greene, Ph.D., LISW-S, IMFT, Professor, College of Social Work, The Ohio State UniversityAndrew Solovey, MSW, LISW-S, Private Practice, Solutions counseling

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