Multidimensional Family Therapy

Developed for adolescents with drug abuse problems as well as their families.Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is a manualized family-based treatment and substance abuse prevention program developed for adolescents with drug and behavior problems and delinquency. It is typically delivered in an outpatient setting, though it can also be used in inpatient settings.

There are two intermediate intervention goals for every family: helping the adolescent achieve an interdependent, developmentally appropriate attachment bond to parents and family, and helping the adolescent build strong connections and achieve success in critical systems outside of the family, including school/vocational training, prosocial peer groups, recreational pursuits, and other positive outlets such as spiritual supports.