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Start Your Own Treatment Program

The nationally acclaimed Summer Treatment Program has been used in clinical trials conducted under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health and has been named a Model Program in Child and Family Mental Health by the American Psychological Association and SAMHSA.  Additionally, the STP has been named program of the year by CHADD, the national parent advocacy group for children with ADHD.

Evidence-Based Practices

Our program is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Professionals interested in learning more may:


CCF conducts annual training sessions for agencies who are interested in setting up and operating a Summer Treatment Program in their local area. The program focuses on principles of behavior modification and the application of behavioral techniques. Participants will:


60 hours or more of intensive instruction and practice for recreationally-based settings, with a focus on:

  • principles of behavior modification
  • application of behavioral techniques


Individually guided home assignments to reinforce program concepts and techniques

"The STP is the best treatment program in the world. You know the old saying, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. I modeled my own program on the STP." James Swanson, PhD, Director, Child Development Center and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine

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Training Workshop

This workshop describes and demonstrates the information presented in the STP program manual, available for download. Participants should obtain and review the program manual prior to completing this workshop. The training workshop will provide professionals who are interested in running an STP with background information and review of the main treatment program components and procedures. The STP point system, including operational definitions, activity rules, behavior classification guidelines, and data recording procedures, is presented in detail. Daily activities, including the peer-group recreational activities that make up one of the primary treatment settings, are demonstrated with video examples. Other treatment components are reviewed and worksheet exercises are included. Finally, an introduction to the role-play activities that make up the primary STP training activity are introduced along with video examples.