Mixed Methods Research on Clinical Consultation Within the REStArT Model in Residential Treatment

  • Catherine McConnellEmail author
  • Patricia Taglione
Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)


The Relational Re-enactment Systems Approach to Treatment model is a treatment approach that informs a residential treatment family intervention called clinical consultation . Clinical consultation is a system-oriented intervention that embodies the model’s principles regarding therapeutic alliance and working through ambivalence. This chapter highlights the process and benefits of mixed methods research on family interventions by describing the results of a mixed methods study on clinical consultation. First, the study empirically analyzed youth characteristics related to outcomes and then used a qualitative approach to examine the treatment process, as it may have impacted outcomes. The quantitative part of the investigation included comparisons between youth with and without the involvement of the Department of Children and Family Services, specifically in terms of length of stay, involvement in consultation, and sustained outcomes. The qualitative component involved therapists who work with youth and their families discussing their understanding of what differentiated successful and unsuccessful cases.


Residential treatment models Family involvement Clinical consultation Therapeutic alliance Treatment outcomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Allendale AssociationLake VillaUSA

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