An Evidence-based & Trauma-informed Best Practice Treatment Approach 


The Teaching-Family Model


The Teaching-Family Model (TFM) is a philosophy and practice of care and treatment that prioritizes therapeutic relationships with caregivers as the primary conduit of effective treatment in supportive family-style settings. 

Family-style relationships are seen as essential to healthy development of social, relational, and interpersonal skills. The TFM is a strength-based, comprehensive, and trauma-informed model of care that builds positive change while remaining focused on the holistic development of the person served. 

The Model is rooted in cognitive behavioral theory and can be used with children, youth, and adults with a range of diagnoses and symptoms, as well as with those who have experienced significant trauma, maltreatment and loss. 

Evidence-based & Trauma-informed 

The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence-based approach which is fully integrated at both the individual and the organizational level. It provides effective individualized and trauma-informed treatment services to children, youth, adults, and families. 

Through peer-reviewed research and clinical practice, the Teaching-Family Model is recognized to be cost-effective, replicable, and highly effective for all participants. 


50 years of

  • Caring for Underserved, At-Risk, Challenging Populations 

  • Research & Implementation Science 

  • Ensuring Persons Served have Voices and Choices

  • Moving Theory into Practice

  • Empowering Millions of Individuals and Families 

The Teaching Family Model has put wheels on trauma-informed care for our residential program. I knew a lot about treating traumatized youth and adults and our staff were well trained, but the Model gave us practical tools for consistent implementation. The consistency and structure, from every staff involved, has created a sense of “felt safety” from our residents. They know what to expect. The tools are clear. They are forming new neural pathways with the practice of healthy relationship skills. They are building self-efficacy. They are learning to trust trustworthy adults. I am eager to implement the Model in all of our programs as we strive to make a lasting impact on kids and families that will impact generations.
— Janice Stinson, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trust-Based Relational Practitioner, Patrick Henry Family Services, Director of Boys & Girls Homes

Implementation of the Teaching-Family Model improves:

  • Quality of Care

  • Outcomes

  • Consumer and Client Satisfaction

  • Risk Management

  • Consistency

  • Staff Competency

  • Staff Stability

  • Staff Satisfaction

  • Fidelity

  • Person-Centered Services

  • Responsiveness

  • Organizational Management

The integrated systems of the Teaching-Family Model have become the connective tissue for our organization. They are the breath that sustains our organizational life and keeps us healthy and strong.
— Kevin D. Angell, MA Chief Program Officer, Community-Based Services & Foster Care Children’s Hope Alliance

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