Family Therapy Training Institute of Miami
Training therapists to help 
at-risk children and their families
through the model evidence based program
Brief Strategic Family Therapy®(BSFT®)
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1221 Brickell Avenue,
9th Floor, Miami, FL 33131
Toll Free: (888) 527 -3828

FAX: (786) 953-8404



Keeping BSFT strong in Southwest Michigan for years. Awesome!

Lacey Merchant, Fay Featherly, Angela Deal (BSFT Supervisor),

Michelle Ousler, Tony Palomba, Olga Hervis

Last Updated on:: 10 / 19 / 2016
Home Brief Strategic Family Therapy™ Essential Components of BSFT
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What are the Essential Components of BSFT?

Successful implementation of BSFT® requires:
  • Therapists certified in Brief Strategic Family Therapy who can intervene in families to improve maladaptive patterns of interactions
  • Therapists who can identify maladaptive interactions in families that are linked to the youths' behavior problems
  • Therapists 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.