|What are the Essential Components of BSFT?
Successful implementation of BSFT® requires:
- Counselors certified in Brief Strategic Family Therapy who can intervene in families to improve maladaptive patterns of interactions
- Facilitators who can identify maladaptive interactions in families that are linked to the youths' behavior problems
- Facilitators who can encourage family members to support and rely on each other, rather than on the facilitator her/himself
- Identification, recruitment and engagement of families at risk
- Regularly scheduled family sessions
- Flexibility in adapting the intervention to address cultural and family issues specific to each family
Qualifications for Practitioners:
The ideal candidate has a Master's degree in mental health, social work, or marriage and family therapy. However, individuals with a Master's degree in a related field, or a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of clinical experience may be qualified. At minimum, individuals must have ease in working with all members of the family, and have basic knowledge of how family systems operate.