Programs for Difficult Behaviors

iStock_000010193321_MediumThe MINT Program provides comprehensive evaluations and state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for young strong-willed children between the ages of 3 and 7 showing behavioral difficulties and conduct problems.

What is CBT?  CBT is an evidence-based, skills-focused therapy focusing on the “here-and-now” of child problems rather than on root causes.  CBT is a structured therapy, which involves a partnership between the family and therapist. Younger children with behavior problems in our program receive Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)-an evidence-based treatment in which we work directly with parents to help them navigate difficult child behavior patterns–including aggression, noncompliance, oppositionality, irritability, and overall negativity–and promote behavioral control in their children for long term success. 


iStock_000001171480_MediumHow is treatment delivered?
  Our cognitive-behavioral programs for young strong-willed children aare offered to families in a number of different formats. In our first treatment option, we offer evidence-based treatment for early behavior problems through our general Outpatient Treatment Program, in which services are offered–typically on a weekly basis–at our clinic at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University. In our second treatment option, we deliver evidence-based treatment for early behavior problems directly to families in their own homes through our innovative Telehealth Program–in which secure videoconferencing technology is use to offer real-time, therapist-led treatment to families regardless of their ability to travel to an expert mental health care facility.  Happy family runWe find that treating families in their own homes–where child problems and symptoms naturally occur–can have particularly powerful effects on the maintenance of children’s treatment gains. In our third option, we offer intensive treatments for early behavior problems, in which families participate in multiple sessions a day for many days in a row. Our Telehealth Program and our Intensive Treatment Program are particularly useful and popular among families who do not have expert mental health care options in their area.

For more information on the early behavior problems we treat, click here. Free treatment is available to families who qualify for participation in one of our clinical research programs.