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Consultation and Training

The FBR Model Development and Operations (MDO) team is comprised of Yale Child Study Center faculty who provide training and model-focused consultation to all staff employed in the statewide network of FBR providers. Additionally, FBR MDO collaborates with agencies and municipalities of other states and territories to develop programs to fit their service needs. This may include all or any combination of the following:

Workforce development

Skills-based training for providers in the following areas: families with multiple risks for child maltreatment; adults with substance use disorders, and parent/child dyadic treatment approaches.

Program Development and Model Adaptation

Based on an agency’s or municpaility’s needs assessment, FBR MDO co-constructs a program adapted from the FBR model. Organizational needs and resources determine which services and components the agency/municipality includes in their contract.

Services include:
  • Define key model components and areas for adaptation
  • Select measures to track parental well-being, child development and outcomes
  • Draft Request for Proposals
  • Host webinar for bidders
  • Assist with selection of agency
  • Participate in staff interviews to ensure goodness of fit with the model
  • Provide FBR model training
  • Revise implementation materials, including:
    • Treatment manual, tools and measures
    • Consult and co-construct policies and procedures

FBR MDO has collaborated with agencies as well as other states and counties to adapt the FBR model and to consult on FBR-informed practices.

Initial Model Training

The training will provide an introduction to the basic constructs and approaches which inform the FBR treatment. Modules will address the theoretical framework, guiding programmatic principles, substance use treatment interventions and the provision of parent/child dyadic therapy. In addition, the trainers will provide guidance on the development and implementation of a substance use and parent child dyadic treatment model that meets the unique needs of families in their community. Technical assistance will focus on but will not be limited to the following model components: structure of course of treatment, selection of tools to measure outcomes, staffing requirements, data management and outcome selection. The resulting model will be informed by the experiences of FBR programs in Connecticut but will not be a replication of the FBR model.


FBR MDO's consultants (1-parent/child, 1 substance use) provide weekly clinical consultation with teams. Each call is 1.5 hours per team.
  • The site supervisor has one 30-minute call per week.
  • Each team, including the supervisor, has one 60-minute phone call per week.
  • Both consultants review in advance of the call clinical treatment notes, and model-specific tools and measures that have been administered.
  • Consultants are prepared to facilitate and lead model-related discussions based on tools and measures received from site.