Article: Preventing dropout with systems therapy a...

Innovations in Practice: Preliminary evidence for effective family engagement in treatment for child traumatic stress-trauma systems therapy approach to preventing dropout.

To investigate to which extent an intervention embedded within a systems-oriented treatment model [trauma systems therapy (TST)] engages and retains traumatized children and their families in treatment, TST was compared to care as usual (CAU). After 3-month 90% of the patients receiving TST were still enrolled in treatment compared to 10% in CAU condition. Authors suggest that the retention rate of the families in the TST group is due to the specific treatment engagement strategies used by the clinicians in TST. These findings suggest that effective engagement strategies should be used to retain traumatized children and their families in treatment.

Saxe, G. N., Heidi Ellis, B., Fogler, J., & Navalta, C. P. (2012). Innovations in Practice: Preliminary evidence for effective family engagement in treatment for child traumatic stress-trauma systems therapy approach to preventing dropout. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17(1), 58–61. doi:10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00626.x