BSFT® Program News

Casey Family Foundation Report Highlights the BSFT Model

In 2013, New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) began an innovative social welfare program, the first of its kind in the United States. The Case Planners hired to assess and prevent child abuse and neglect among troubled families in New York City were replaced by Evidence Based therapists. ACS funded and implemented 11 Evidence Based Programs for children and families and the BSFT model was one of them.

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New York Foundling's BSFT On-Site Supervisor Danae Hamlet promoted to Assistant VP of BSFT Programs

Danae Hamlet is a remarkable young professional, always bright and eager to learn. Danae started her college education as an undergraduate in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies at Loyola University in Maryland. She received her Masters’ Degree of Education in Mental Health Counseling and a Masters’ of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Danae joined New York Foundling as a BSFT therapist in 2013. New York Foundling is the oldest child welfare agency in New York City. She quickly became the star of the BSFT program. For many months she scored the highest fidelity rating of any BSFT therapist in the United States. In 2014, Danae was appointed the BSFT On-site Supervisor to lead a team of 5 therapists. She assumed this role with a strong commitment to adherence to the BSFT model. As On-site Supervisor, Danae was continuously striving for excellence.

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New BSFT® Program in Järva, Stockholm

Framtid Stockholm, (formerly known as Maria Ungdom) established its first BSFT program in 2007. In September 2017, Framtid Stockholm opened their second BSFT program in a suburb of Stockholm known as Järva. This suburb of Stockholm is home to Swedish residents as well as immigrants from Syria and refugees from Afghanistan. Sweden is well known for its generous social welfare system which creates a safety net for all Swedish citizens. Faced with a massive surge of immigrants and refugees arriving in Stockholm in recent years, the city of Stockholm has re-doubled its efforts the ensure that all its inhabitants are employed, obtain housing, receive education and social services, and live in communities that are free of crime.

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The BSFT Institute's Executive Director, Joan Muir, Ph.D. sits on the discussion panel, ready to improve mental health practices targeted at boys and men of color.

BSFT Leadership Offers Innovation to Mental Health Services for Black Males

The BSFT Institute’s Executive Director, Joan Muir, Ph.D., is an advocate for improving health equity disparities. In August, she was invited to contribute her expertise to a work group assembled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to address significant healthcare issues facing African American men and boys.

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UM Public Health Experts Are Key in a Swedish Effort to Integrate Refugee Youth

A unique partnership between University of Miami public health experts and the city of Stockholm plays a key role in supporting the health and emotional well-being of at-risk Afghan and Syrian refugee youth who have found their way from their troubled homelands to the Swedish capital.
The transatlantic connection stems from the city of Stockholm’s many years of use of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), an evidence-based family intervention program developed by a team of UM researchers led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D., and Olga Hervis, M.S.W., at the Department of Public Health Sciences’ Center for Family Studies.
The City of Stockholm has been a BSFT partner for the past nine years, but the extension of the program to Syrian and Afghan refugees is new.
Szapocznik and his team developed BSFT over four decades of research to target children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 17 at risk for developing behavior problems, including substance abuse, conduct problems and delinquency. The research began with studies of intergenerational conflict that led to the development of the intervention program, and early testing and effectiveness studies. Originally used to help refugee youth arriving in Miami from Cuba, the program is now used around the world, including in Chile, Puerto Rico, and Sweden, and valued for its scientific and evidence-based foundations. The City of New York began appointing BSFT-trained therapists throughout its child welfare services in 2013.
Joan Muir, Ph.D., Executive Director of the BSFT Institute, was recently in Stockholm and toured a social services facility for refugee youth where the program is in use. “I was really amazed with the quality of the facility,” said Muir. “You could just see how generous the Swedish social services system is. The housing is so nice that anybody would feel lucky to live there.”

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