Training

I-FAST Training Philosophy

 

The I-FAST training philosophy is organized around four principles:

1:  Empowerment

2:  Affordability

3:  Flexibility

4:  Sustainability

Empowerment

Once certified, I-FAST belongs to the agency.  If certified as an I-FAST agency, agencies are empowered to use I-FAST with minimal involvement with I-FAST trainers and potentially no future costs.  When certified, the agencies are free to negotiate contracts offering I-FAST services to stakeholders and train additional agency staff in I-FAST.  

Affordability

I-FAST seeks to be cost friendly in as many ways as is possible.  The cost of I-FAST is not prohibitive and can often be paid for within existing funding streams within community mental health.  Once certified, agencies have no future cost obligations to I-FAST.  The training programs are organized with sensitivity paid to staff productivity demands and seek to minimize the impact on billable activities.

Flexibility

As a model I-FAST is designed to be flexible enough to have wide applicability.  It can be applied to the full range of child mental health problems.  With wide applicability comes the possibility of agencies adapting I-FAST in unique ways to each agency culture, staff and clients.  As an integrative model, I-FAST provides the flexibility to utilize clinician’s existing skills as much as possible.  The model can be adapted to a wide range of clinical styles and skill sets.  

Sustainability

I-FAST operates primarily from a train-the-trainer model.  Agency Supervisors receive the most intense training and become the I-FAST champions within each agency.  This allows for long term sustainability of I-FAST within each agency.  Setbacks due to staff turnover and additional costs to train new staff are minimized by having agency I-FAST supervisors assume a trainer role within the agency. 



 

I-FAST Training Options


We offer a range of training options for agencies and individuals interested in learning I-FAST:

Option One: 

Read our manual.  For those interested in learning about the I-FAST treatment philosophy and treatment steps our manual offers an outline of the I-FAST treatment model. 

Fraser, S., Grove, D., Lee, M.Y., Greene,G. J., & Solovey, A. (2014).  Integrative Families and Systems Treatment (I-FAST): A strengths-based commom factors approach. New York: Oxford University Press.   http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199368969.do


Option Two: 

Two All Day Seminars.  For agencies and organizations to learn a more detailied and intensive introduction to I-FAST we recommend scheduling our two all day seminar series.


Option Three: 

Individualized Agency Training Package:  For agencies interested in training staff to attain a competency in doing the I-FAST model, an individualized training package can be constructed to meet the specific needs of the agency.  The package would include the Two Day Seminar series along with a period of case consultation trainings.


Option Four: 

Agency Certification:  For agencies wishing to use the I-FAST name with stakeholders and negotiate contracts to provide I-FAST services the training package which ends with Agency Certification in I-FAST is required.


Option Five: 

Agency Certification and Outcome Evaluation:  For agencies wishing certification and a program evaluation component the certification package plus an I-FAST data analysis package is recommended.





For detailed information on the training options, please contact us at ifast@ifastmodel.org