Arthur Becker-Weidman

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-baesd treatment

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

I found this article quite interesting and valuable:

Josh Lechter, assistant director of child care for the Community-Based Acute Treatment program at Walker, has written a paper featured in the most recent issue of Refocus, the Residential Child Care Project newsletter published by Cornell

His paper, Using TCI’s Family Care Provider Training To Break Down Language Barriers Between Residential Treatment and Life at Home, discusses the success of a new initiative at Walker to share therapeutic crisis intervention training and techniques with the families of Walker students.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention For Family Care Providers (TCIF) is a curriculum-based class adapted from the same crisis prevention and behavior management skills taught to The Walker School staff. Developed by the The Family Life Development Center at Cornell University, the 5-day course involves modeling and role playing to familiarize family members with strategies and techniques for deescalating problems and emotionally volatile situations with their children at home. According to the developers at Cornell, Walker is the first organization to offer TCIF training to the families of children with serious emotional and behavior issues.

Judging from the enthusiastic response of participating families, the availability of this specialized training for parents and caregivers will help to improve the likelihood of a child’s successful transition from residential treatment to home and community. In the paper, Lechter recounts the comments of several grateful parents, including one who said, “the course was a blessing. I now do not feel alone in helping my children with their mental health needs.”
See the following article for more details


May 20, 2009 - Posted by | Arthur Becker-Weidman, Child Abuse, Child Welfare, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Education, Empirically supported, Evidence-based, Parenting, Research, Treatment | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Thanks for this fine article. I looked at the website mentioned by Eric, and it is full of valuable information. I also subscribe to Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal and read Dr. Becker-Weidman’s article there about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. It was very very informative and valuable. The article describes clearly the evidence-base of this empirically supported and effective treatment.
    Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D., (2008) “Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-based treatment for children with complex trauma and disorders of attachment,” Child & Adolescent Social Work, 13, pp.329-337.

    Comment by David Sinclair, Psy.D. | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. Great

    Comment by davidgamd | May 26, 2009 | Reply

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