Teaching-Family Model (TFM)

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Program/Intervention Name

Teaching-Family Model (TFM)


Child Welfare Practice and Service Models, Staff Training and Development

Program/Intervention Description

The Model is a philosophy of care and treatment that prioritizes therapeutic relationships with Practitioners as the primary conduit of effective treatment. Family-style relationships are seen as essential to healthy development of social and interpersonal skills. Weaving advanced cognitive behavioral techniques, motivation systems and person-centered interventions into daily life moments between consumers and highly skilled Practitioners results in an unparalleled therapeutic environment. The Teaching Family Model is an organized, fully integrated approach to providing humane, trauma informed, consumer driven, effective individualized treatment and services to individuals, families and children. Through research and scrutinized clinical practice, an integrated set of procedures emerged that has been developed and advanced resulting in a Model of treatment that is cost efficient, replicable, highly effective and cost effective.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12, 13-17, >17

Program Goals/Outcomes

The Teaching-Family Model outlines five primary goals to help drive the agency to achieve the best outcomes possible. These five goals include: humane and effective treatment that is individualized. Treatment is responsive to consumer satisfaction (including practitioners), and it is delivered using a trauma informed approach. Goals, along with delivery systems and elements which delineate the Model, are defined by specific standards with detailed indicators enabling an agency to achieve implementation with fidelity and reliably.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 3: Emerging Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Peggy McElgunn, JD


Teaching-Family Association

Contact Email


Contact Phone

(804) 639-9213

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)