Evidence Based

Centerstone believes strongly in applying evidence-based practices when working with children, youth, and families This simply means that the systems we incorporate have been proven through research to be the most effective means of treatment.

In our program, we use several different evidence-based approaches.


1. Teaching Family Model of Therapeutic Foster Care

Below are the Six Pillars of this model:

  • Relationship Development
  • Teaching Appropriate Alternative Behaviors
  • Motivation Systems
  • Self-Government and Self-Determination
  • Methods of Working with other Professionals
  • Socially Validated Skill Sets for Youth 


2. Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT is designed for youth who have experienced a significantly traumatic event. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help people experiencing clinical posttraumatic stress return to a healthy state of functioning after a traumatic event. This therapy is used for the parents or caregivers, children, and adolescents in a way that decreases the negative behavior patterns and emotional responses that occur as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or other trauma. 


3. Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

This method uses five steps that are taught via psycho-education and role play:

  • Identification of triggers for anger both externally and internally.
  • Identify body’s cues for anger, i.e. increase in heart rate, sweaty palms, red faced, etc.
  • Reminders – reminding oneself of potential consequences.
  • Anger Reducers – Identify and utilize anger reducers, i.e. deep breathing, counting backwards from 30 by 3s, time-out, etc.
  • Recognize that you successfully avoided a potentially negative situation, and do self-affirmations.



4. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)  was originally developed  to treat people with borderline personality disorder and chronically suicidal individuals; it is now used in a variety of psychological treatments including treatment for traumatic brain injuries, eating disorders, and mood disorders. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury.


5. Play Therapy

Children communicate their thoughts and feelings through play more naturally than they do through verbal communication. As the child plays, the therapist begins to recognize themes and patterns or ways of using the materials that are important to the child. Over time, the clinician helps the child begin to make meaning out of the play. This is important because the play reflects issues which are important to the child and typically relevant to their difficulties. Play therapy is particularly effective with children who cannot, or do not want to, talk about their problems.