Community Programs

Programs in this application include early intervention treatments, parenting programs and work within the community to support those in need.

Group Homes

Group home programs offer community or campus-based residential treatment for children, adolescents, or dependent adults. Treatment based on the Model is carried out by a well-trained treatment team. The team, typically a married couple called Teaching Parents/Family-Teachers along with other Model-trained Practitioners provide services in a family-style environments, using precise intervention strategies to create daily opportunities for social skills teaching which is generalized to the consumer’s natural environment.

Home-Based Treatment

Home-based programs offer intensive, short-term intervention for children and families within the context of their home, school and community. Home-based treatment is family-centered, builds on existing family strengths, developing a collegial partnership with parents. It is characterized by the belief that children and families belong together and features a strong commitment to preserving, maintaining and reunifying the family unit. Family Specialists use Model elements sensitively and respectfully as they partner with families to improve family functioning, meet family’s treatment goals.

Independent Living

Programs in this application include a variety of living environments designed to help clients being either aged out of the social services system or requiring support.

Institutional Mental Health Programs

Programs in this application include, but are not limited to, psychiatric in-patient settings, short term crisis/emergency placements and other clinical environments. Treatment in this environment is focused on intensive therapeutic interventions designed to effect behavioral change relevant to specific mental health disorders. Practitioners are trained in Model philosophy and practice as a partner to other clinical methodologies.

School-Based Programs

Programs offered in an educational setting specialize in interventions and behavioral support for children and adolescents who have been unsuccessful in traditional classroom environments. Services are centered on empowering educators to recognize and respond to at-risk students using proven Model techniques such as effective praise, preventive teaching and alternative skill reinforcement. The Model demonstrates research based efficacy in regular education classrooms, self-contained classrooms for special needs students and Mental Health Day Treatment programs.

Treatment Foster Care

Foster care programs serve children, adolescents and dependent adults in need of supportive, treatment-oriented family environments that promote healing. Programs are characterized by their commitment to marshal the resources, expertise and support necessary to maintain each individual’s placement and to assure continuing goal attainment. Treatment Parents are supported in a variety of ways including in-service training, support groups, respite care and 24-hour a day consultation services.


The Teaching-Family Model is largely a mentoring model. It can be implemented in just about any environment and effective on any population. Before program development begins, an agency will coordinate an assessment from an already Accredited Sponsor Agency. Following an analysis of your agency’s culture and programming, the Accredited Sponsor Agency will outline what may be necessary to implement the Teaching-Family Model. This allows each agency to develop at a pace that is comfortable and adaptation that is reasonable. Services are tailored completely to individual needs. The standards invite flexibility and creativity. For more information on development, click here.


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