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Educational Service Unit 13

Psychological and Behavioral Health


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Ecological In-Home Family Treatment

The Ecological In-Home Family Treatment (EIHFT) Model is a strength-based in-home and community-based intervention program developed by Boys Town to reduce youth and family risk factor contributing to delinquent behaviors while increasing youth and family protective factors. The EIHFT is being utilized for school aged youth with extensive family-related risk factors. The service is designed to work with both youth and families to enhance and improve their functioning in the home and community.

Service are designed to:

  •     Address behavioral problem of youth
  •     Improve family functioning and stability; and
  •     Increase youth and community safety.

Family Consultants work in partnership with the family, youth, juvenile probation officers, court, schools, mental health professionals, and others as identified by the family to enhance and improve the youth and family's functioning in the home and community and, to the extent possible, prevent the need for the youth to be detained or referred to an out-of-home setting and to safely maintain at home and in the community.  This service is designed to promote long term family stability and health developmental functioning of youth served.

Basically, we will partner with you, your family, and others you and your child identify to identify your strength, needs, stressors, and challenges you face.  We will assist you in making your strengths stronger, strengthening and growing your current support system, and learning the skills to help your family and reduce the problem behaviors in your child.  We will utilize information we receive from referring agency, assessments we will conduct during our first few meetings, and from you to develop in partnership a service plan that will serve as a guide as we work together.