Treatment Efficacy of Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) With and Without Consultation: The Role of Model Training in the Sustainability of Evidence-Based Family Treatments

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2016 Jul;43(4):579-91. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0644-y.


This study examined the efficacy of the Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) training model that seeks to support development of model expertise within the agency in the context of facilitating the sustainability of evidence-based family treatment within community mental health settings. A quasi-experimental design was used to examine treatment outcomes of I-FAST among agencies that received ongoing Consultation and agencies that received No Consultation upon completion of I-FAST training. χ (2) analyses and independent samples t test analyses showed that there were no significant differences between the two groups on clients who had achieved reliable change on Problem Severity and Functioning based on parents' assessments. Significance of this study is discussed in the context of the role of evidence-based family therapy (EBFT) training in facilitating its sustainability in community mental health settings.

Keywords: At-risk children and youth; EBP sustainability; EBP training; Evidence-based family treatment; I-FAST.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Mental Health Services*
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Family Therapy / education*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Treatment Outcome