Youth & Caregivers


In an effort to provide you and your family with the best information available, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions about Evidence-Based Treatments.

1.    What is “Evidence-Base” Practice/Treatment?

Evidence-Based Treatments (EBT’s) are treatments that are based directly on scientific evidence. In other words, research studies have shown that some treatments work better than others for specific problems that children and adolescents experience. Treatments are compared in large studies called clinical trials that involve dozens of children in each study. These children all have a similar main problem, like depression or delinquent behavior. The researchers randomly assign the children to receive Treatment A or Treatment B (for example). If Treatment A helps children more, then Treatment A gains in stature as a potential EBT. As more studies support Treatment A, its stature grows as an EBT.

2.    What should I look for in a professional providing EBT’s?

Because not all social workers, psychologists (or other mental health professionals) have been trained on how to provide these specific types of treatments, it is important that you ask questions about their training in the particular EBT they are providing.  Therapists often refer to their approach to treatment as their “theoretical orientation.” You should ask a potential therapist for your child about his/her theoretical orientation and familiarity with the EBT.

3.    Where would I go to receive these services?

This may vary, because EBT’s may be provided in your home, while others at the provider’s office.

4.    What is the time commitment?

The time commitment varies between six to twelve weeks.

5.    What are the costs associated with each EBT? Will it be covered through insurance or be an out-of-pocket expense?

EBT’s vary in cost.  Some EBT’s are paid by insurance, Medicaid, grants or other means.

Links for Youth

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a variety of free, downloadable fact sheets for caregivers and young adults on topics ranging from anxiety disorders to depression. Each sheet provides information on the mental health conditions, treatment options, and where to get support.

The mission of The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is to help reduce the incidents of suicide, with the belief that suicide is largely preventable through greater access to information and resources. The SCYSPI is a program of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the result of a collaborative effort with statewide community-based organizations, state and local agencies, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce suicides in youth and young adults in South Carolina.

The Federation of Families of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization established to serve the families of children with any degree of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. The services and programs offered by the Federation are designed to meet the individual and varying needs of families around the state. Through support networks, educational materials, publications, conferences/workshops and other activities, the Federation provides many avenues of support for families of children with emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.