Evidence-Based Practices

  • evidence based practices

Mental health treatment is a large investment, and not just a financial one. Clients, families, and clinicians can spend copious amounts of time and energy engaging in treatment and confronting a full range of powerful and painful emotions. They are willing to do so because they believe that desired outcomes will be met and the problems that initiated treatment will improve. When we utilize evidence-based programs, we are investing in methods supported by rigorous clinical studies and proven to be effective.

Evidence-Based Programs Must Take into Account:

  1. the best available research evidence bearing on whether and why a treatment works,
  2. clinical expertise (clinical judgment and experience) to rapidly identify each patient’s unique health state and diagnosis, their individual risks and benefits of potential interventions, and
  3. client preferences and values [1] [2]

This combination of rigorous research, clinical expertise, and client involvement provides a strong foundation for client success.

Our Agency’s Evidence-Based Programs
Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute is committed to providing evidence-based programs, practices, and policies whenever possible. These programs have been proven to help youth redirect their trajectory into a more positive, sustainable lifestyle by, for example, transforming negative family dynamics, reducing rearrests, improving school performance, keeping families together, and reducing the impact of negative peers and/or drug use/abuse.

Oversight, accountability, and fidelity are essential components to the evidence-based programs that Southwest Family Guidance Center & Institute provides, including:

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Breaking the cycle of criminal behavior by keeping kids at home, in school, and out of trouble.

Multisytemic Therapy For Youth With Problem Sexual Behavior (MST-PSB)
Breaking the cycle of problem sexual behaviors by treating youth & families in their home, school & community.

The Seven Challenges 


If you would like more information about these services or any of the other programs SWFGC offers, please call (505) 830-1871.


[1] Spring, Bonnie (5 June 2007). “Evidence-based practice in clinical psychology: What it is, why it matters; what you need to know”. Journal of Clinical Psychology (Wiley Periodicals, Inc.) 63 (7): 611–632. doi:10.1002/jclp.20373. PMID 17551934. Retrieved 17 May 2015.

[2] Jump up ^ Lilienfeld SO; Ritschel LA; Lynn SJ; Cautin RL; Latzman RD (November 2013). “Why many clinical psychologists are resistant to evidence-based practice: root causes and constructive remedies”. Clinical Psychology Review 33 (7): 883–900. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.09.008. PMID 23647856. Retrieved 18 May 2015.