Connecticut is a leader nationally in developing its system of research supported treatments for children, adolescents and families to address a wide range of concerns and to help keep youth in their homes and in the community.
Connecticut is also gaining increasing recognition for its creative strategy to improve the service delivery system by preparing the workforce for evidence-based practice. Not only is there ample model-specific training for therapists employed in evidence-based and promising practice programs, but since 2009 there has been a growing pool of masters level clinicians with pre-service foundational training in evidence-based practice and in the different in-home family treatment programs that are being offered throughout the state. These clinicians received training through a course in their masters programs of social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling or psychology on the array of empirically supported in-home family treatment models and their shared core competencies. These professionals enter the workforce with a Certificate of Completion, and readiness to do the kind of work that Connecticut has invested in to promote better outcomes for youth. A better-trained workforce means better outcomes for those served.
To impact graduate curriculum in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling and psychology across Connecticut and in neighboring states, in order to:
Supported by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, with thanks for their ongoing support of the Current Trends initiative, as well as the universities, faculty members, providers and parents who have made the course successful.