Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Multidimensional Family Therapy

  • Howard A. LiddleEmail author
  • Shazia Kareem
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_164


Multidimensional Family Therapy




Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an evidence-based treatment for a range of adolescent problems, including co-occurring substance abuse and delinquency (Liddle 2015). A family-centered treatment, MDFT is integrative and comprehensive. It is offered in diverse settings (substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare), across racial and ethnic groups, and at different levels of care (e.g., once a week outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential treatment) in clinical settings in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Over 30 years of NIH-funded MDFT research, independent studies, and scientific evaluations offer strong evidence for the model’s effectiveness and transportability.

Prominent Associated Figures

Howard Liddle is the developer of MDFT. Gayle Dakof has contributed to all aspects of MDFT since 1986 and currently heads the training institute MDFT International. Cindy Rowe has contributed...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Health Sciences and PsychologyUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  2. 2.MDFT ConnecticutMiamiUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA