Innovative Teaching SystemsInnovative Teaching Systems was founded by Cristy Schlientz in 1995 to assist child welfare agencies with the replication of the Teaching-Family Model (TFM). Cristy is now endorsed by the Teaching-Family Association as an individual developer with credentials to assist agencies with full TFM program implementation.
Implementation of the Teaching-Family Model is a long-term investment that helps to assure the sustainability of the treatment program. Fidelity is assured when the agency implements the training, consultation, evaluation and administrative systems to create a comprehensive application of the model. The model has been successfully implemented in multiple program settings including group homes, foster care, home-based services, alternative schools, detention facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. In each of these replication areas, the program technology has been adapted to the new setting to assure individualized, strengths-based treatment.
If an agency is interested in utilizing the Teaching-Family Model, Innovative Teaching Systems will conduct an on-site assessment to assess the agencies strengths and needs. The individual developer is then able to design and implement a custom-made Teaching-Family Model program. The program is strengths-based and specifically tailored to the client population and needs of that agency.
Cristy is creative and flexible when applying the model and helped us design the tools and procedures that were right for us.
Cristy was instrumental in the successful TFA certification of our agency by helping make changes in our therapeutic foster care program so we could meet the standards for evaluating a network of over 120 homes.
Any agency who works with children and youth will be enriched by Cristy’s knowledge, expertise and compassion for troubled children and families.
Cristy Schlientz work is truly cutting edge. It has broad appeal not just with behavioralists, but also with those coming from a mental health perspective.
Cristy is a passionate and tireless advocate of the highest quality services for children and families who is especially skilled in individualizing her services allowing agencies to replicate the TFM for different populations.