Evidence-based Practices (EBP)

Evidence-based Practices (EBP)

The Felton Institute offers extensive Evidence-based Practice Training courses. Below is a summary of information, however, complete information along with registration information about training courses (online and in person) can be found at the Felton Research and Training Center’s website: feltoninstitute.org.

Evidence-based Practice Training


For social service providers, agencies, and institutions that are interested in updating their approach to follow evidence-based models that have been shown to have the most profound impact on clients, the Felton Institute offers comprehensive training in Evidence-Based treatment approaches. We help organizations:

  • Evaluate readiness to implement evidence-based practice using an asset needs organizational assessment process.
  • Ensure that training models chosen are held to fidelity and that standards of practice are reinforced in reasonable and practical ways by supervisors.
  • Develop clinical learning capacity in both supervisors and front line staff.

Evidence-based Training Descriptions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
The aim of the course is to increase the knowledge base of CBTp in the community and to explore ways in which clinicians can incorporate these techniques into their current practice.

Practicing with Cultural Relevance
Practicing with Cultural Relevance is a multi-dimensional practice, which impacts how we view our clients, our co-workers, and ourselves. The purpose of this workshop is to enhance how we as providers view the people we serve through a culturally-sensitive lens.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a form of therapy that was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, at the University of Washington. DBT is helpful for treating people who suffer with personality disorders, like borderline personality disorder. DBT combines standard cognitive behavioral methodology to help regulate emotions and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindfulness awareness practices which are derived from Buddhist meditation disciplines. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with mood disorders, including self-harm. Recent research suggests its effectiveness with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
The FFT clinical model is a collaborative effort between FSA and California Institute of Mental health (CiMH) (Link) to bring FFT to FSA’s Full Circle Family Program, a mental health program servicing children youth and families in greater San Francisco. FFT is appealing because of its clear identification of specific phases. Each phase includes specific goals, assessment foci, specific techniques of intervention, and therapist skills necessary for success designed to guide the therapist in working with the family to meet the outcomes and goals short term and long term treatment goals.

Motivational Care Management (MCM)
The Felton Institute has designed a strength-based care-management training for both professional and paraprofessional case managers for the City of San Francisco. A pilot of this program has been offered to the Department of Aging and Adult Services since 2008.

Motivational Interviewing (MI)
In this highly interactive, skills-focused training, participants will learn and rehearse motivational interviewing. This empirically validated, clinical approach works especially well with clients who are highly resistant to or ambivalent about changing.

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