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Research Informed and Best Practices


As part of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s effort to implement evidence-based and best practices throughout the continuum of services, this page provides information regarding cognitive-behavioral curriculums and community-based therapies and treatments that have been proven through research to reduce recidivism and/or criminogenic needs. This page is maintained by the Programming and Technical Assistance Unit, in conjunction with the Office of Research and Data Integrity.

Evidence Based Practices


Treatment and practices which have been independently evaluated and found to reduce the likelihood of recidivism or at least two criminogenic needs, with a juvenile offending population. These interventions have been evaluated to the highest degree, often using the “gold standard” of random assignment. The evaluation must have used sound methodology, including, but not limited to, random assignment or use of methodologically sound control groups, valid and reliable measures, low attrition, and appropriate analysis. Such studies shall provide evidence of statistically significant positive effects of adequate size and duration. In addition, there must be evidence that replication by different implementation teams at different sites is possible with similar positive outcomes. The effect of the intervention must have been statistically significant and must have lasted for an adequate time period (at least one year for recidivism).

 

Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT)

https://www.chestnut.org/store/products/33/motivational-enhancement-therapy-and-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-adolescent-cannabis-vol-1/product-details/

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

http://fftllc.com/

https://www.functionalfamilytherapy.com/

LifeSkills Training (LST)

www.lifeskillstraining.com

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

http://www.mdft.org/

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

http://www.mstservices.com/

Multisystemic Therapy – Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT)

https://www.mstservices.com/family-integrated-transitions

Multisystemic Therapy for Youth with Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB)

http://www.mstpsb.com/

Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS)

http://www.pathstraining.com/main/

Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT)

https://www.compassionatepragmatism.com/relapse-prevention-therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

https://tfcbt.org/

 


Promising Practices


Manualized curricula that have been evaluated and found to reduce the likelihood of recidivism or at least one criminogenic need with a juvenile offending population. These delinquency interventions have a significant amount of empirical support. The evaluation must have used sound methodology, including, but not limited to, random assignment or quasi-experimental design, use of control or comparison groups, valid and reliable measures, and appropriate analysis. Such studies shall provide evidence of statistically significant positive effects. In addition, there must be evidence that replication by different implementation teams at different sites is possible with similar positive outcomes.

 

Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)

https://www.chestnut.org/ebtx/treatments-and-research/treatments/a-cra/

Adolescents Coping with Depression (CWD-A)

http://www.kpchr.org/acwd/acwd.html

Aggression Replacement Training (ART®)

http://aggressionreplacementtraining.com/

Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®)

http://www.bsft.org/

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

http://www.cbitsprogram.org/

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

https://behavioraltech.org/

EQUIP

https://www.researchpress.com/books/528/equip-program

Fairy Tale Model – Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach

http://www.childtrauma.com/

Family Behavior Therapy – Adolescent-Focused

http://familybehaviorther.wixsite.com/familytherapy

Family-Focused Treatment for Adolescents (FFT-A)

http://www2.semel.ucla.edu/champ

Girls Circle

https://onecirclefoundation.org/girls-circle

Impact of Crime: Addressing the Harm to Victims and the Community

http://www.djj.state.fl.us/services/residential

Living in Balance

https://www.hazelden.org/web/public/livinginbalance.page

Mentalization-Based Treatment for Adolescents (MBT-A)

https://www.annafreud.org/training/training-and-conferences-overview/online-training-live-and-self-directed-courses/mentalization-based-treatment-for-adolescence-mbt-a/

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

https://www.ccimrt.com/

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

https://olweus.sites.clemson.edu/

Parenting with Love and Limits (PLL)

https://gopll.com/

Positive Action

https://www.positiveaction.net/

Project Toward No Drug Abuse (TND)

http://tnd.usc.edu/

Relationship Smarts PLUS

https://www.dibbleinstitute.org/our-programs/relationship-smarts-plus/

Seven Challenges

http://www.sevenchallenges.com/

Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation

http://stairnt.com/

Stop Now and Plan (SNAP)

https://childdevelop.ca/snap/

Strengthening Families Program

http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/

Strong African American Families (SAAF)

https://cfr.uga.edu/saaf-programs/saaf/

Structured Sensory Intervention for Traumatized Children, Adolescents & Parents (SITCAP-ART)

https://starr.org/2016/adapting-sitcap-art/

Thinking for a Change (T4C)

https://nicic.gov/t4c

Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education and Therapy

http://www.ptsdfreedom.org/

Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy for Adolescents (TARGET)

http://www.advancedtrauma.com/


Practices with Demonstrated Effectiveness


Practices based on general principles, strategies, and modalities reported in criminological, psychological, or other social science research as being effective with a juvenile population. These interventions have empirical support for the principles, theoretical framework, or components of the intervention. The specific interventions have usually not been evaluated using either random assignment or the use of control/comparison groups. For an intervention to be deemed a practice with demonstrated effectiveness, the empirical research must have shown that practices that contain similar components or similar principles have shown reductions of the program participants versus the comparison group(s) in at least one criminogenic need. These practices should be outlined in a format that ensures consistent delivery by the facilitator across multiple groups.

 

Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health: A CBT Manual

https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/ anger_management_manual_508_compliant.pdf

 

ARISE Anger Management Life Skills

http://www.at-riskyouth.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

http://www.bbbs.org/

Crossroads Juvenile Offender Curriculum

http://www.ncti.org/

Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

https://www.uc.edu/corrections/services/trainings/

Girls Moving On

http://orbispartners.com/programs/for-females/girls-moving-on/

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A)

https://iptinstitute.com/

Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Adolescent Skills Training (IPTAST)

https://iptinstitute.com/

Love Notes

https://www.dibbleinstitute.org/our-programs/love-notes/

Pathways

https://safersocietypress.org/store/pathways/

Reasoning and Rehabilitation

https://www.cognitivecentre.ca/

Seeking Safety

http://www.treatment-innovations.org/seeking-safety.html

Sexual Abuse Counseling and Prevention Program (SACPP)

https://www.kidsfirstaustralia.org.au/page/Sexual-Abuse-Counselling-and-Prevention-Program

Skillstreaming the Adolescent

http://www.skillstreaming.com/

The Council

https://onecirclefoundation.org/the-council

Truthought

http://www.truthought.com/

Youthbuild

https://www.youthbuild.org/


Other Resources

National Institute of Justice Crime Solutions

www.CrimeSolutions.gov

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

https://www.samhsa.gov/resource-search/ebp

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/youthviolence/default.htm

The Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)

www.wsipp.wa.gov

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

https://www.cebc4cw.org/search/by-program-name/

Social Programs that Work

https://evidencebasedprograms.org/

Results First Clearinghouse Database

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/data-visualizations/2015/results-first-clearinghouse-database

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