Proven Strategies

While others may talk in general terms about what makes a good program, results are what really matter to a child or family in crisis.

How We Work:

Necco utilizes evidence-based practices, nationally recognized models and evidence-based assessments in our work of building families.

Evidence-Based Practices

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) This is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience. It has been proven effective for treatment after multiple traumas or a single traumatic event, and therapists trained in TF-CBT are frequently able to help children experiencing the emotional effects of trauma address and resolve these effects.

  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy BSFT is a short-term (approximately 12 sessions), family-treatment model developed for youth with behavior problems such as drug use, sexual risk behaviors, and delinquent behaviors.

  • Nurturing Parent This initiative is designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglectful parenting and child-rearing practices.

  • Prime for Life (PRI) is a private nonprofit organization committed to helping people reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug-related problems. It consists of tools and training that help empower people with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to take charge, and make choices that will protect the things they value most.

Nationally Recognized Models

  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Using a model rooted in eight core strategies, JDAI proves effective in helping participating jurisdictions safely reduce their detention populations.

  • Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Darkness to Light provides training and resources that empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

  • Re-Ed Re-education of Emotionally Disturbed Children,” or Project Re-ED was developed by Dr. Nicholas Hobbs and focuses on twelve principles required for healing.

Evidence Based Assessments

  • CAFAS The CAFAS® is the gold standard tool for assessing a youth's day-to-day functioning and for tracking changes in functioning over time.

  • CANS The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making, including level of care and service planning, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services.

  • Ansell Casey Casey Life Skills is a practice tool and framework for working with youth in foster care. It assesses independent living skills and provides results.

  • Achenbach The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) offers a comprehensive approach to assessing adaptive and maladaptive functioning.