Research & Program Evaluation

CFI and WCF: Dedicated to Evidence-Based Practice Every Step of the Way

CFI is an evidence-based practice, meaning we utilize targeted treatment approaches that have been scientifically-proven to improve specific mental and/or behavioral health outcomes (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)). In line with our commitment to data-driven care, CFI engages in the client-centered approach of systematic progress monitoring through which we use real-time data, collected via routine, in-session assessments, to inform individualized treatment planning. 

While receiving care through CFI, clinicians will routinely measure anxiety, depression, and behavioral symptoms, as well as the strength of therapeutic alliance (the relationship between the therapist and the patient). Parents and/or caregivers of child patients will also be asked to complete caregiver-report measures – meaning from the parent/caregiver perspective – of the same measures a child’s clinician is implementing in session. Parents/caregivers will be sent these assessments through our Electronic Health Record System, My Best Practice. Routine assessment is part of our standard of care because it enables clinicians to actively and systematically track patient progress, and amend individualized treatment plans according to that progress, while continuously strengthening their relationships with their patients. Our clinicians also utilize assessment outcomes to inform recommendations for appointment frequency and therapy cessation. 

A key element to our comprehensive program evaluation, and organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, is assessing the cultural sensitivity of our staff. Throughout treatment, each patient (and/or caregiver of a child patient) will also receive our Client Cultural Sensitivity and Satisfaction Questionnaire which assesses patient (and parent/caregiver) perceptions of their (or their child’s) therapist’s support of and respect for their culture, opinions, beliefs, gender identity, sexual identity, and whether they effectively communicated with patients in their preferred language(s). Cultural sensitivity, and the integration of cultural beliefs and values into the therapeutic process, is essential to building strong therapeutic alliance and to providing effective therapeutic intervention. We conduct routine assessment of our staff’s performance in this domain to understand where we are doing well, and where improvements must be made, so we can offer the best possible quality of care to anyone who walks through our doors. At CFI, we strive to provide a warm, safe space for our patients to be authentically themselves and aim to foster an environment defined by continuous learning, growing, and collaboration.