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What is Systemic Integrative Treatment?

About BC SIT

The Brandon Centre (BC) has developed SIT (Systemic Integrative Treatment) following 14 years’ experience of successfully delivering Multisystemic Therapy(MST), working with the families of young people displaying a range of problembehaviours. BC SIT has been devised for families with complex problems who requirea longer intervention than MST provides. It better meets the service requirements ofcommissioners and referral requirements of professionals in social services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and youth offending services keen to find intensive, effective, evidence-based treatments for complex families where children have persistent, moderate to severe behaviour problems. Like MST, BC SIT aims to prevent these young people entering costly out-of-home care. BC SIT may also be applied to young people already in the care system, helping them return home.

The treatment

BC SIT is a two-phase treatment service that lasts for up to 12 months. During the first treatment phase, typically lasting four to six months (seven to eight months for harmful sexual behaviour), an intensive home-based treatment programme is provided. The BC SIT team becomes the clinical lead for treating the young person’s behavioural problems and works collaboratively with other agencies that may be addressing different issues, for example CAMHS providing individual therapy for anxiety. During the first phase, sessions take place two to three times a week, with the team working flexibly around the family’s availability. There is an oncall telephone service available for parents 24-hours-per-day, seven-days-per-week. The second phase, which can extend total treatment time for up to 12 months, includes booster sessions with the family where necessary, checking-in with the family by telephone or Skype, attendance at professional meetings, and ongoing consultation with the referrer and key professionals.

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