Treatment That Works for Teens and their Families.

MDFT is an effective family-centered treatment for youth. Over three decades of National Institutes of Health funded research – randomized clinical trials, therapy process studies, economic analyses, and community–based implementation studies – testifies to the strong scientific basis for the approach.


Independently Evaluated as Effective and Do-able.

Reviews regularly conclude that MDFT exemplifies top-tier science. The MDFT clinical model is regarded as sophisticated but do-able. Clinicians evaluate the MDFT training methods as practical, concrete, and effective in teaching the model's core techniques.


Fits into Real World Settings.

Today, through community, government, and foundation partnerships, MDFT is offered in public and private mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and juvenile justice clinical settings in the United States and Europe.

MDFT contracted with South Carolina Department of Mental Health to train up to 120 therapists who serve youth and families at the State’s Community Mental Health Centers.


"We have seen a turnaround in these families that is
near miraculous."
Judge Jeri Cohen, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade

"The Cavalry is Coming"
Judge Orlando Prescott
Miami, FL