CIFFTA

Culturally Informed and Flexible Family-Based Treatment for Adolescents

Culturally Informed and Flexible Family-Based Treatment for Adolescents (CIFFTA) is an outpatient treatment designed to modify adolescent conduct problems, depression, school failure, family conflict, delinquency/violent behavior, drug use and/or risky sexual behavior. In addition to reducing risk factors, CIFFTA identifies and strengthens protective/resiliency factors.
CIFFTA combines family treatment, individual treatment, and psycho-educational modules in a highly strategic and effective manner.

CIFFTA resulted from a realization that treatments for kids and families were still not as good as they should be, in part because treatments were not systematically and explicitly addressing some of the most important experiences that families were confronting, such as discrimination, acculturation and immigration stress.

Empowering adolescents with self-harm behavior to heal and thrive.

An adolescent who is self-harming is not alone. Despite the stigma that often keeps this behavior hidden, we know that the number of self-harming adolescents is staggering.

WHY? Adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 go through enormous changes as part of the adolescent stage of development. These changes include:

- Biological changes in the body,
- Identity development (ethnicity/acculturation, race, gender), 
- Peer, intimate and sexual relationships, 
- Family relationships including with parents.  

In a time of such rapid change, some youth who feel marginalized, isolated, and/or are exposed to traumatic events can suffer with depression and self-harm behavior of many types.  

Our team of therapists has been funded to provide counseling to adolescents and to learn about the effectiveness of these treatments. Adolescents eligible for the study can receive up to 4 months of counseling for free and will be asked to answer questions to help us understand how counseling can help.   

If you are 11-18 years of age and have engaged any type of self-harm behavior (cutting, pinching, hitting self, disordered eating, and/or substance use) or know a youth who has engaged in any of these behaviors, you can call us (305 857-5839) to talk and see if our program can help you.

Adolescent behavior problems, psychiatric symptoms such as depression, illegal behavior, and drug use can disrupt an adolescent’s normal development and initiate a trajectory toward poor health and well-being. Early identification and intervention can be powerful and cost-effective. Family conflicts can contribute to the development of the adolescent’s problem or simply be a result of a family living with a troubled adolescent. Either way, the healing processes of the family have likely been interrupted. Family therapy can be very effective because family ruptures can be repaired and a well-functioning family can provide life-long support and guidance. Hispanic and African American youth and families often confront unique stressors that are immigration and discrimination related. Treatment frameworks must thoughtfully include this content in the therapy as well as focus on strengths and protective factors. Well-meaning therapists/counselors are not always effective. Services should be evidence-based. Our Culturally Informed Flexible and Family Based Treatment for Adolescents was developed through research and has shown its efficacy in research studies with hundreds of minority families.
October 29, 2014

CIFFTA Treatment accepted into NREPP

We are pleased to announce that the Culturally Informed Flexible and Family Based Treatment for Adolescents (CIFFTA) has been accepted into SAMHSA’s National Registry for Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  We are hopeful that it will make a difference in the lives of underserved youth and families.
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Family Testimonials

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Parent:

"I mean he really changed. It was, I mean...you have no idea. We were going through therapy since he was six, seven?"

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Parent:

"But with this program, now I can talk to him. I can’t shut him up. Every day he comes home, he’s telling me more and more."

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Why Therapists like CIFFTA

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Therapist

"The tailoring report makes it easy to identify the family’s unique stressors, life experiences, and vulnerabilities so that the therapist doesn’t miss it."

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Therapist

"Tailoring the treatment to the family makes them feel that you are taking their experiences and preferences into account from the beginning of treatment."

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