Alaska Behavioral Health has begun implementing a new evidence-based treatment for working with children and families.

MATCH – ADTC stands Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems.  

What is MATCH?  

MATCH is designed to be flexible to provide a wide range of tools and supports, depending on the child’s strengths and needs. It is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. MATCH providers will work with families to customize treatment. Throughout the program, children and families learn skills and build a toolkit of scientifically proven strategies to help manage challenges that come up at home, at school, or with friends.  

Who is a good fit for MATCH? 

MATCH is designed for kids aged 6 to 17 who are experiencing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, or behavioral problems, including disruptive behavior associated with ADHD. MATCH is flexible and can be individualized to support kids and families who are experiencing one or more of these challenges.  70% of clients at AKBH meet the criteria for MATCH!  

You and your child will meet regularly with your therapist. Weekly surveys on emotions and behaviors will help track progress and inform treatment.

How is MATCH being implemented? 

MATCH is being implemented at Alaska Behavioral Health with support from The Baker Center for Children and Families, a Harvard University Medical School affiliate. We are part of a multi-team national learning collaborative. This means our Alaska Behavioral Health MATCH team clinicians participate in training and connect regularly for on-going support.

Clinicians completed initial training in early March and have begun working with select clients using the MATCH protocol.  

We are excited to have better tools to serve children who are struggling with anxiety and depression and their families!  

Learn more about MATCH here!