MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) is an evidence-based treatment designed for children ages 6 – 15. Unlike most treatment approaches that focus on single disorders, MATCH is designed for multiple disorders and problems, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress, as well as disruptive conduct such as the problems associated with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder). MATCH was developed by Bruce Chorpita, Ph.D. and John Weisz, Ph.D., ABPP. The model synthesizes decades of empirically based research on evidence-based treatments and strategies. Clinicians trained in this evidence-based approach can treat over 70% of typical problems presented in outpatient clinics. MATCH provides children and their families with a way to better understand their challenges and tools to help manage their difficulties and improve their functioning.
MATCH ADTC is designed as a structured, consistent, family-focused, and, strength-based approach to therapies in addressing child & adolescent emotional and behavioral problems related to Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and, Conduct. Youths and their families are given an integral role in defining the goals of therapy; as well as major role in treatment process. Clinicians use a web-based system to monitor youths’ progress and adapt therapy until a problem is resolved. MATCH-ADTC has been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial (n = 174) comparing it against standard (single-focus) evidence-based therapies and usual care in the USA. The results showed that MATCH-ADTC was significantly more effective than standard evidence-based therapies and usual care. Furthermore, superiority relative to usual care was maintained in two-year follow-up analyses.
TRAC is a secure online monitoring and feedback system for use with MATCH that evaluates the progress of children receiving behavioral health services on a weekly basis. This system allows children and caregivers to complete brief progress reports (2-3 minutes) from home, which include a combination of standardized assessment questions and client-generated top problems.
The reports deliver essential information in a graphical format to the clinician, who can then determine if a patient is responding to treatment, whether the treatment requires adaptation, and when treatment gains have been achieved and treatment can end. This system allows for close communication and collaboration with families as well as a way to further personalize evidence-based treatments to each unique child and family.