The project described was supported by Award Number UL1RR025755 from the National Center for Research Resources, funded by the Office of Director, National Institutes of Health (OD) and supported by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Research Resources or the National Institutes of Health.
Implementation of Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for Childhood Mood Disorders in an Outpatient Community Setting
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
© 2013 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 40, Issue 2, pages 193–211, April 2014
How to Cite
MacPherson, H. A., Leffler, J.M. & Fristad, M.A. (2014). Implementation of Multi-Family Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for Childhood Mood Disorders in an Outpatient Community Setting. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 40(2), 193–211. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12013
Dr. Fristad is the author of a treatment manual (Guilford Press Inc.) and MF-PEP workbooks (www.moodychildtherapy.com) for which she receives royalties.
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
- Office of Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
- NIH Roadmap for Medical Research
Despite advances in evidence-based treatments (EBTs), research suggests these interventions are not utilized in practice settings. This study examined implementation of multi-family psychoeducational psychotherapy (MF-PEP), an EBT for childhood mood disorders, in two outpatient community clinics. Fifteen community therapists facilitated MF-PEP. Twenty community clinicians referred 40 children ages 8–12 with mood disorders and their parents who participated in MF-PEP. Preliminary descriptive findings based on observations and self-report questionnaires demonstrated implementation outcomes of acceptability, adoption, appropriateness, feasibility, implementation cost, penetration, and sustainability of MF-PEP at these clinics. Parents also demonstrated significant improvement in knowledge of mood disorders posttreatment. Preliminary results support implementation of MF-PEP in practice settings and suggest community-based MF-PEP may be associated with improvement in clinical outcomes.