Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University




In all cases, the overarching mission of the Project reflects the cultural preference for preserving the family, whenever possible, even in cases of child maltreatment. Thus, Project 12-Ways' mission is to reduce the occurrence of child maltreatment and maintain the viability of the families we serve.

Strategies & Tactics

Services on Project 12-Ways are driven by "protocols", standardized methods for measuring and treating the problems that have compromised the children's welfare. We now have protocols to measure and address a vast number of problems including, but not limited to:

  • Environmental Neglect
  • Difficulties in Providing Adequate Supervision
  • Vulnerability to Domestic Violence
  • Self-Protection Against Sexual & other forms of Exploitation
  • Physical Maltreatment
  • Problems Associated with Atypical Development (e.g., encopresis, developmental disabilities)


Every family served by the Project is a case study in evidence driven practice. A baseline is established on every aspect of the family's functioning that has led to its involvement in the child welfare system.

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In 1992, we began a shift from a model of parent training that focused on:

  • a limited set of parenting skills
  • within the confines of a dyad (typically a mother and one of her children)
  • during a brief period (approximately 30 minutes) to CVFT™.

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  • Products & Services
  • Dr. Brandon F. Greene on:
    • Project Beginnings
    • Puns & Protocols
    • Organizing sessions with families: The origin of "SAPI"
    • Contextual Validity & CVFT
    • Behavior Analysis & Child Welfare


Since its inception in 1979 Project 12-Ways has operated under the auspices of the Behavior Analysis & Therapy Program which is part of the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. Most families served by Project 12-Ways are involved with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services because of a history or serious risk of child maltreatment. In other cases, families are seeking our help assistance to manage their children's challenging behavior or other family difficulties.