The Teaching-Family Model is an evidenced-based model of care. The model emphasizes the positive teaching of functional skills and behaviors. It uses a 4:1 ratio of positive to negative interactions, which research proves as the ideal motivational formula.

Methodist Family Health is the ONLY organization in Arkansas that utilizes the Teaching-Family Model.

All residential and inpatient treatment programs of Methodist Family Health use the framework of the Teaching-Family Model, an evidenced-based model of care that has been extensively researched. The Teaching-Family Model is a controlled, fully integrated approach to providing personal, effective treatment to its individuals, families and children.

The Teaching-Family Model places a high priority on forming therapeutic bonds with its practitioners, for family-style relationships are essential to healthy development of interpersonal and social skills.

Some common elements of the Teaching-Family Model include:

  1. Self-determination — stressing individual ownership of actions and responsibility for the outcome of those actions.
  2. Relationships — mutual trust and respect help the progress of high quality, individualized services.
  3. Teaching systems — take a strengths-based perspective to encourage supportive teaching of functional behaviors and skills.
  4. Family-sensitive approach — we recognize the value of family to the client. We encourage delivering services in a family-aware environment.

The Teaching-Family Model has received acclaim from numerous agencies and reviewing entities.

  1. The American Psychological Association selected it as a model program in service delivery in child and family mental health.
  2. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention identified it as possessing a program characteristic closely connected with the reduction of re-offense rates of serious offenders.
  3. The U.S. Surgeon General listed it as one of two models conducive to learning social and psychological skills.
  4. The Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Resource Center identified it as a successful community systems-based program with evidence-based practices relating to conduct disorders in children.


All programs are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Methodist Family Health is a member of The Teaching-Family Association.

Methodist Family Health is the only Teaching Family Association certified site in Arkansas. Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle is the only Teaching-Family Association certified hospital in the world.