Our Treatment Approach

PHIICAPS strives to provide treatment that is anti-racist, anti-oppression, trauma-informed and strengths-based

The PHIICAPS program is based on the IICAPS model. IICAPS is an evidence-informed practice that was developed at Yale Child Study Center in 1996 and was brought to Philadelphia as a Family Based Services (FBS) level of care in 2010. It is a brief community-based model that is attachment-oriented and trauma-informed. Our treatment approach involves individual and family therapy, CBT + ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention), TF-CBT, case management, and advocacy in the family, home, environment and school domains.

In 2020, PHIICAPS was awarded the Pennsylvania Hospital Relationship-Based Care Nursing Excellence Award


Program Structure 

  • Intensive services include both in-home/community therapy sessions and case management sessions several times a week with both child and caregiver (or other natural supports). At minimum, the model involves three sessions a week for six months. Treatment length varies on a case by case basis

  • Psychiatry, evaluation, and medication management provided by Lead Psychiatrist of PHIICAPS Program

  • PHIICAPS provides a 24/7 on call crisis management line in both Spanish and English
  • Team will help youth connect with outpatient therapy after PHIICAPS, if needed, to ensure that the family has access to on-going treatment 

For more information on the PHIICAPS program, please contact Clinical Supervisor, Kristen Peck at Kristen.Peck@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

For questions specific to medication management, please contact Dr. Richard Wyler at Richard.Weyler@pennmedicine.upenn.edu













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