Carroll County Youth Service Bureau

Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)

The Brief Strategic Family Therapy Program (BSFT) is a short-term, problem-focused, evidenced-based model of counseling for children, adolescents and their families. The program targets children with conduct problems, problematic family relationships, substance use, oppositional defiant behavior, delinquency, aggressive & violent behavior, at risk sexual behavior, and anti-social peer involvement. This model of therapy involves the entire family in counseling sessions and focuses on changing the way family members interact, so that positive relationships are strengthened and negative behaviors are reduced.

BSFT is based on the assumption that the family is the most important and influential system in the lives of children, that each family is unique, and that the behavior of each member can be understood only by considering the family context in which it occurs. BSFT is a strategic approach that uses pragmatic, problem-focused, and planned interventions that improve relationships in the family and helps parents develop strong, consistent, and effective parenting skills. BSFT is a flexible approach that can be adapted to a broad range of family situations in a variety of settings. For more information about BSFT and its implementation, please visit the Family Therapy Training Institute of Miami website at: 

For more information, please contact our BSFT Program Director, Supervisor and Therapist, Angela E. Chmar, LCSW-C at 443-244-8647 or e-mail her at


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