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Children, Youth & Family Services

Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Services are specialized outpatient services provided to youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Family-based clinical specialists partner with families so that all services are developed collaboratively and focused on the strengths of the child and family.  Parent or caregiver involvement is an integral part of the family-based services.  Family services provide a model for building skills to improve family relationships, reduce behavioral issues, and improve school performance.  Services can be provided in a variety of settings, including the family’s home, school, office, or community setting. At CACS, CYF services apply evidence-based practice (EBP) which involves the integration of clinical experience, patient preference, and research evidence. 


Systems of Care (SOC) is a wraparound approach to services with at-risk youth and families, as identified by families, school systems and other community stakeholders.  SOC coordinators utilize evidence-based practices focusing on juvenile risk factors to improve mental health and to reduce the likelihood of delinquent behavior. SOC services can be provided in home, school office, or community settings. SOC coordinators support families in determining needs and connecting families to appropriate resources and additional services.


This service is provided to our clients on a one-on-one basis in an office setting. Our mental health therapists have a master’s degree and are licensed or working toward licensure. Our therapists are specialized in several evidence-based practice areas including trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), play therapy, crisis intervention, and more.


Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term, evidence-based intervention for youth and their families to overcome delinquency, substance abuse, and violence. FFT primarily works with youth ages 11 to 18 who are referred by the juvenile justice system, Department of Social Services, or medical and mental health providers. Services are provided via tele-health through partnership with Southeastern Directions for Life in Sioux Falls, SD.  FFT is strength-based and focuses on the family’s unique challenges and needs, as well as addresses risk and protective factors that impact the youth.


Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a cognitive-behavioral program for youth ages 12-18 that concentrates on developing skills to address various emotional and social aspects that can contribute to aggressive behavior. ART consists of three components: skill streaming, anger control, and moral reasoning. ART techniques are designed to teach youth how to control angry impulses and take perspectives other than their own. ART is delivered in a group setting, including three sessions per week for a duration of at least ten weeks. ART is an evidence-based program, proven to have positive outcomes for youth.  Scheduling is based on referrals and staffing availability.

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that promotes enhanced moral reasoning and better decision making. It is appropriate for youth ages 12-17 who be involved with the juvenile justice system, or who show a pattern of not following the rules and not learning from past mistakes or consequences. MRT uses structured group exercises and prescribed homework assignments. The MRT workbook outlines 16 objectively defined steps focusing on seven basic treatment issues: confrontation of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors; assessment of current relationships; reinforcement of positive behavior and habits; positive identity formation; enhancement of self-concept; decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance; and development of higher stages of moral reasoning.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based structured program with a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships. The goal of group is to support teens in applying the DBT skills effectively to regulate their emotions and behaviors, enhance mood, improve relationships, and engage in effective problem solving and communication.