Integrative Family and Systems Treatment
The Buckeye Ranch adheres to the Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) approach to family-centered treatment in our home and office-based programs. I-FAST is an approach organized around elements common in successful evidence-based models of treatment. I-FAST is a strengths-based approach with the goal of reducing out-of-home placements.
It is based on the following assumptions:
- Effective treatment of high-risk youth necessitates treatment of the family system
- Families are resilient and have strengths and resources that can be used in building solutions and achieving client change
- Effective treatment must include coordination and collaboration among the diverse organizations providing services to the youth and the family
- Effective treatment is built upon training and retaining excellent staff. A University-based evaluation comparing I-FAST treated families at the Buckeye Ranch with MST outcomes demonstrated equivalent or better success rates for I-FAST treatment.