Evidence-Based Mental Health Therapies
Links to mental health resources and information on evidence-based therapies that are reported or demonstrated to be effective.
The practices included below have been identified by their developers or an outside group as "evidence-based." Child Welfare Information Gateway and the Children's Bureau do not endorse individual practices or programs or make any claims about the effectiveness of the approaches described. This information is provided as a resource.
National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
Best Practices for Mental Health in Child Welfare: Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Guidelines PDF - 113 KB)
Romanelli, Landsverk, Levitt, Leslie, Hurley, & Bellonci (2009)
Outlines pharmacotherapy practices and guidelines for treating children and youth with mental illnesses and addresses informed consent, side effects and benefits, targeted symptoms, and treatment.
Blueprints for Violence Prevention
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Programs include functional family therapy, multisystemic therapy, and multidimensional treatment foster care as well as school-based services that serve to improve the mental health and well-being of children and families.
Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment, Volume II: Partnering with Youth and Families in Mental Health Treatment for Child Abuse (PDF - 1555 KB)
Chadwick Center for Children and Families, Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center (2009)
Examines best practice guidelines for partnering with youth and families in mental health treatment for child abuse, including a section for treatment providers, mental health administrators, and a list of State and national resources on family/youth partnerships.
Collection of Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for Children and Adolescents With Mental Health Treatment Needs (PDF - 1555 KB)
Virginia Commission on Youth (3rd ed.) (2008)
Provides information on evidence-based treatment modalities for meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents. The report also explores the role of the family in treatment programs and questions family members should ask about treatment.
Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Factsheets describing some of the clinical treatment and trauma-informed service approaches implemented by National Child Traumatic Stress Network Centers with the common goal of reducing the impact of traumatic events on children and adolescents.
Evidence-Based Treatment for Children in Child Welfare (PDF – 503 KB)
Stambaugh, Burns, Landsverk, & Reutz
Focal Point, 21(1), 2007
Presents a review of the research evidence for trauma-focused interventions for children and adolescents, aiming to provide guidance about effective strategies for addressing emotional and behavioral problems associated with trauma.
Implementing Best Practices: Medications, Psychotherapies, and Other Interventions
The REACH Institute
List of resources for best practices to promote mental health in children and adolescents.
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
Promotes the transformation of mental health care services by increasing knowledge of supports, services, and community-based, family-driven, culturally competent policies based on effectiveness.
Victims and Victimization: Health and Mental Health
Provides research on programs serving crime victims suffering from physical or mental health issues to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Research is scored on being effective, promising, or showing no effects.