First Approach Skills Training (FAST) programs are designed to provide brief, evidence-based behavioral therapy for youth and families with common mental health concerns, in settings such as primary care clinics or schools where longer-term treatment is not typically provided.
Program materials, as well as engagement and assessment tools for Mental Health Clinicians, are provided below.
For each FAST program, there is a two-page "Snapshot" educational handout that can be given out as a first step in care, prior to referral for the clinician-guided intervention. Click a focus area below to access its program materials or browse all programs.
Below are links to the free measures we recommend for initial screening, treatment planning and progress monitoring. These were selected based on their efficiency and utility for primary care settings. We recommend you assess all four domains using the “core” measures at your baseline assessment to inform FAST programming decisions.
FAST research director is Dr. Jennifer Blossom.
FAST post-doctoral fellow is China Bolden.
Program materials were developed by child and adolescent psychologists Drs. Nat Jungbluth, Erin Gonzalez, Kendra Read, Jennifer Blossom, Jessica Jenness, Maggie Sibley, Cindy Ola, Courtney Zulauf-McCurdy and Lucia Cicciola, with funding support from the Washington State Healthcare Authority.
Ongoing case consultation support calls are hosted by Drs. Jungbluth, Gonzalez, Blossom, Jenness and Bolden.
We are incredibly fortunate to benefit from the expert guidance and ongoing collaboration of the following behavioral health providers across Washington state: