|Beyond the One-Way Mirror - Page 9|
Once the family had left the room, the atmosphere became electric. The therapists in attendance were excited about what they'd just witnessed, feeling the same hope that the father had expressed. Even the skeptical probation officers began to talk about families on their caseload whom they'd like to refer to the program immediately.
The next day, I sat down with the local director of juvenile justice and the executive director of the service provider to develop a strategic action plan. We figured out how PLL could be customized to fit their current gaps in service.
Before the live demonstration, I'd secured the buy-in from the state for the PLL model on the basis of increased delivery of treatment and cost savings. The state employed other evidence-based programs for adolescent conduct disorders, but they were delivered using a one-on-one individual family therapy format. This meant that one therapist could see only one family at a time. The state representative bought in when he realized that a PLL therapist working in a group format could treat more than twice the number of families. In addition, the cost per youth using PLL was 50 to 80 percent less than using the other models.
The five-day training that followed was a breeze. The therapists were excited and pumped. They'd even read the books and group therapy leader's guide before I stepped off the plane!