Child/Adolescent Mental Health


Specific Evidence Based Practices for Children/Adolescents

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

A group, school-based intervention, targeting children in grades 6 - 9 with anxiety or depressive disorders and exposure to significant traumatic events.  Evidence-base still in the process of being established, but may be a practical application of TF-CBT in the school setting. 

Circle of Security

An early intervention program, based on attachment theory and research, that enhances parents’ ability to observe and improve their caregiving.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

This is a well-documented and highly successful family intervention for at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth. FFT certification.  FFT Application.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT): Principles of Clinical Intervention, Assessment and Implementation

The Incredible Years

From the SAMHSA model programs, targeted to younger (2-8 year old) children either presenting with or at risk for conduct problems; typically school or pre-school based.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents (IPT-A)

Contact information to order a DVD

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

From the SAMHSA model programs, lots of resources for MST here, an intervention for conduct disordered youth that is one of the practices most consistently recognized as "evidence-based" for children and adolescents.

PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy)

Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Information related to TF-CBT for children.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Links to lots of information on this including free on-line training.

Wraparound Services for Children

A variety of good resources on this page.

Youth Depression Treatment and Prevention Program Manuals

Materials for mental health professionals that cover several different programs of group cognitive behavioral therapy for youths with, or at risk for depression. 


Reviews of Evidence Based Practices for Children/Adolescents

Zero to Three 2009 Presentation on Parenting Self-Efficacy

School-Based Mental Health Services

Links to lots of useful resources on this topic

Evidence-based practices for Children and Adolescents

From the American Psychological Association. Good information on a variety of disorders.

Evidence-Based Services Initiatives from Hawaii

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of Hawaii's State Department of Health has created a variety of valuable resources to bring EBPs to the real world clinical setting. Lots of really useful information here!

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: The Blueprints for Violence Prevention Initiative

A summary of lots of good information on best practices and model programs, primarily targeted to children with conduct problems.

Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health

Here you can find information on what's working for children with serious emotional disturbance in systems of care. A CMHS site.

This links to a parents’ guide to EBPs for children and adolescents published by NAMI.

School-Based Mental Health:  An Empirical Guide for Decision Makers

A very useful resource from the University of South Florida which reviews the evidence-base for school based mental health, presents results from a set of their studies and provides guides for implementation.

you can find information on what's working for children with serious emotional disturbance in

Promising Practices Network on Children, Families, and Communities

The PPN site features summaries of programs and practices.

Information about Specific Populations

ADHD resources

Lots of useful information and assessment tools, freely downloadable, from the University of Buffalo's Center for Children and Families.

Evidence-based Practices in Mental Health Services for Foster Youth

Effects of foster care placement on young children’s mental health: Risks and opportunities

A review by Beth Troutman, revised 2011

Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment

Mental health assessment and treatment of child victims of sexual and physical abuse and their families.


Presentations about EBPS for Youth

Interventions to Support Parenting Self-Efficacy

Power point Presentation, University of Iowa, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, March 4, 2010

Beth Troutman, Ph.D., ABPP

Moving Your Practice Forward – Utilizing Evidence-Based Approaches

Power point Presentation to IAMFT April 12, 2008--Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP

ICN Training Series on EBPs for Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances

Links to all of the presentations of the series presented via ICN Aug--Sep 2005.


Information about Iowa Resources

Children's Mental Health Waiver in Iowa

Information from DHS on the new Children's Mental Health Waiver which provides for supports for various home and community-based services for eligible children through Medicaid, who might otherwise require institutional care. 

Iowa providers of Parent Child Interaction Therapy contact information

(therapists with 60 hours of training)

Screening and Assessment-Related

The following links are to resources that provide various assessment tools for children and adolescents.  (see also the functional assessment page on this site)

"Screening for Behavioral and Developmental Problems:  Issues, Obstacles and Opportunities for Change"

An excellent article on screening for kids, along with a very useful appendix describing a wide range of screening instruments


Lots of valuable resources and programs targeted to screening and assessment for teens through school and primary care settings. 

American Guidance Service, Inc. (AGS)

Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. (PAR)

Psychological Corporation

Western Psychological Services

Misc. Related Links


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Iowa DHS Division of Adult, Children, and Family Services

Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

NIMH Child and Adolescent Mental Health