What is it about?

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a rapid shift towards the use of virtual therapeutic practices across the United States. Although not new, prior to the pandemic, only about 21% of psychologists used teletherapy in their clinical practice. Utilizing teletherapy for TFCO permitted the continuation of treatment with safety and fidelity. This paper outlines TFCO adaptations for virtual implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Positive implications for treatment barriers are discussed.

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Why is it important?

It was important to maintain the operation of Treatment Foster Care -Oregon (TFCO) in Michigan during the pandemic, to prevent increased psychiatric hospitalizations of high-risk youth, especially at a time when hospitals were over-taxed. This was also a new program in Michigan and would lose significant ground among stakeholders if it were forced to pause services during the pandemic.

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This page is a summary of: Turning a Crisis Into an Opportunity: Virtual Implementation of an Evidence-Based Treatment, Psychiatric Services, April 2023, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.20220476.
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