Services Effectiveness Research Program (SERP)

Duke University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


“Together Facing the Challenge” Training Brochure


Improving Implementation of Evidence-Based Treatment Foster Care through Coaching and Consultation”


Presented August 30, 2013 at the 27th Annual Conference of the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association

This presentation explores a coaching and consultation approach to improve skills of treatment parents and their supervisors.  The Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC) model focuses specifically on the in-home intervention elements and on the role of coaching within supervision to help treatment parents work effectively.  A brief overview is presented on research conducted on Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), including findings from our completed NIMH-funded randomized trial of TFC in North Carolina.  Lessons learned are reviewed, which examine the role of the worker in changing parenting practices in the home.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare

Helps to identify and disseminate information regarding evidence-based practices relevant to child welfare. Evidence-based practices are those that have empirical research supporting their efficacy.  Together Facing the Challenge has recently been rated at Level 2: “Supported by Research Evidence” on their Scientific Rating Scale.